Reasons to Believe - Selection Process

  1. Nomination forms have been developed by the Reasons to Believe Task Force and are available on the district website or from the Communications Office.
  2. Nomination forms may be photocopied for distribution.
  3. Each nomination form must include the signature of the person making the nomination.
  4. One-page letters of support for nominees are not required but may be attached to the nomination form.
  5. A Reasons to Believe Selection Committee, comprised of representatives of the KCKPS administration, KCK Board of Education, business and community leaders, and students, will review submissions and make selections for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll.

Reasons to Believe Nomination Form .pdf

Deadline

  • Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools' Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll nomination forms need to be returned to the district office by June 25, 2018.
    • Nomination forms should be returned to:
      KCK Public Schools
      Communications Office
      Attn: Melissa Fears
      2010 N. 59th Street
      Kansas City, KS 66104
  • Completed nomination forms can be faxed to: (913) 279-2085
  • Persons selected for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, along with their nominator, will be contacted regarding the nomination.
  • Alumni Honor Roll results will be communicated following selection and acceptance via the KCK Public Schools' Web site and through internal and external communications.
  • Nominators whose nominees are not selected will be notified via letter or telephone call.
  • Nominees not selected for the current Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll will be considered for selection the following year. Nominations expire after two years, but nominees not selected may be renominated.

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

 

Reasons to Believe Alumni Recognition

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is pleased to announce the honorees for the 2018 Reasons to Believe recognition. These are individuals whose accomplishments showcase their incredible skills and life stories, highlighting their perseverance, hard work and dedication. Their qualities exemplify to all of us why they are Reasons to Believe and inspirations to many. 

The following honorees will be celebrated at the Central Office and Training Center on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m.

  • Jeainnie Brown: certified public accountant, Hallmark Cards Inc. (1989 graduate, Wyandotte High School)
  • Janie Gaunce: president and chief executive officer of Grapevine Designs, LLC (1976 graduate, Washington High School)
  • Lyle Gibson: division chair, Social Sciences at Metropolitan Community College (1984 graduate, F.L. Schlagle High School.)
  • Neil Harris: president of Harris Data Storage in Lincoln, Nebraska, and chief executive officer of Harris Security and Protective Services in Scottsdale, Arizona (1980 graduate, J.C Harmon High School)
  • James Heggie: retired college administrator, University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas (1968 graduate, Sumner High School)
  • Timothy Johnson: educator at Basehor-Linwood High School in Basehor, Kan., and former chief of police in Lindsborg, Kansas (1970 graduate, Wyandotte High School)
  • Linsey Lindberg: owner of Artisan Oddities and Entertainment, LLC in Austin, Texas (1998 graduate, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science)
  • James Lindesay: professor of physics at Howard University in Washington, D.C. (1972 graduate, Sumner High School)
  • Bettye Maddox: educator with Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, and former local, state and national officer with the American Postal Workers Union (1962 graduate, Sumner High School)
  • Kathryn Lee Maddox-Ridley: retired educator with the Kansas City, Missouri School District and co-owner and educational consultant with Pathways to Learning, LLC (1972 graduate, Sumner High School)
  • Robert L. Milan, Sr.: president of the Northeast Economic Development Corporation (1952 graduate, Sumner High School)
  • Bishop Ervin Sims, Jr.: pastor of Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ (1965 graduate, Sumner High School.)

Reasons to Believe was established in 2002 to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the school district. As part of the program, nominations are sought for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, which spotlights successful alumni to encourage and inspire today's students. The nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges that includes members of the Board of Education, Reasons to Believe Steering Committee, students, business leaders, and a former Alumni Honor Roll recipient.

For more information about the Reasons to Believe program, visit www.kckps.org.

Reasons to Believe - Criteria

To be considered for this honor, the individual must:

  1. Have graduated from a high school in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.
  2. Be successful in his or her chosen business, profession, or life work.
  3. Be a person of such integrity and stature that KCK Public Schools will take pride in his or her recognition.
  4. Have demonstrated the importance of his or her education from KCK Public Schools.

Other considerations:

  1. Nominees can and should reflect a variety of walks of life. For example, the small business owner who is active in community relations may be just as likely a candidate for the Reasons to Believe campaign as a world-class athlete.
  2. Nominees may be recognized for their leadership or participation in business, civic, faith-based, or community organizations.
  3. Nominees should reflect and celebrate the cultural diversity of the KCK Public Schools.
  4. Nominees ideally will make themselves available to participate in the Reasons to Believe campaign, including Reasons to Believe Week, tentatively scheduled in November.
  5. Nominees may be asked to speak and will need to be available for media interviews.
  6. Nominees may be asked to address students during organized assemblies.

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Reasons to Believe Fact Sheet

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

What is the Reasons to Believe Program?

The Reasons to Believe program was established in 2002 by the KCK Public Schools to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the district. There are many Reasons to Believe in the KCK Public Schools.

  • Students have Reasons to Believe by envisioning what their lives could become.
  • Parents have Reasons to Believe in the future and potential of their children.
  • Teachers have Reasons to Believe they are making a difference in the lives of students and families.
  • Community and business leaders have Reasons to Believe in a school district that is grooming the next generation of productive citizens.

The Alumni Honor Roll

As part of the program, nominations are sought for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll which spotlights successful alumni to encourage and inspire today's students.

  • Each year, 12 alumni are selected for inclusion in the Alumni Honor Roll and profiled as Reasons to Believe in the value of education and in the school district.
  • These alumni will serve as role models whose deeds, words and images will be shared throughout the year to encourage students, educators, parents, community leaders and business leaders.

Reasons to Believe Celebration

This special celebration brings together students, teachers, administrators, community and business leaders, lawmakers and alumni to celebrate the accomplishments of the school district. The program includes the recognition of the newest members of the Alumni Honor Roll. It also features entertainment by students. 

Reasons to Believe Community Supporters

Community organizations and businesses form a solid base for supporting the Reasons to Believe program. Supporters are recognized in a variety of ways depending on their sponsorship level.

Who are some of the past Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll recipients?

Past Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll recipients have included local, national and international leaders. The list has run the gamut with military leaders, attorneys, school administrators, doctors, authors and musicians. Some of the more well-known have been:

  • Delano Lewis, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa
  • Gary Cowger, president of General Motors North America
  • Dr. Kenneth Salyer, founding chairman and director of the International Craniofacial Institute and Cleft Lip Palate Treatment Center, Medical City Dallas Hospital
  • Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza
  • Earl Watson, NBA player with the Seattle Supersonics

Lists of all the Alumni Honor Rolls can be accessed using the Archives menu in the right column.

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