WHAT WE DO
Since 1995, the Liberty Education Foundation has been dedicated to elevating educational experiences for all of our students, in every building. We believe that investing in our students today means a brighter tomorrow for everyone.
Our mission is to enrich educational experiences in Liberty Public Schools by mobilizing community resources and financial support.
What We've Achieved
- Provided more than $900,000 to support innovation in the classroom and to meet the needs of our students.
- Funded over 500 grants to fuel the creativity of our inspiring educators.
- Funded the launch of the STEAM Bus (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and its continued technology needs.
- Hosted 22 HOPE Awards honoring hundreds of students for their exceptional attitudes and actions.
Making a Difference
Liberty Cares Fund
The Liberty Cares Fund provides assistance to district families during times of financial hardship. Research has shown that children, especially those at-risk, are most successful when efforts are designed to engage and support the family’s ability to provide a safe and stable environment for their children. In partnership with the community, this fund provides the following to students and families in need: a Back to School supply event, shoes and essential clothing, a basic necessity closet and emergency funds for qualifying expenses. We are dedicated to making sure our students can come to school without the weight of adult problems on their shoulders.
For 22 years, the Foundation has had the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor Liberty Public Schools students who exemplify special attributes above and beyond the normal efforts of the daily school routine. Annually, the Foundation hosts the HOPE Awards (Honoring Outstanding Personal Excellence), where 70 students are recognized by their teachers, principals and counselors for demonstrating exceptional attitudes and actions, inspiring others and making their schools and communities better places. Students, families, teachers, administrators and mentors cherish this longstanding program.
The Foundation administers memorial scholarships that are available through the Community Scholarship Program.
Offering grants to support the creativity of inspiring educators was one of the first programs established by the Foundation. We have proudly awarded more than 500 classroom and educator grants, ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $10,000. Our educators use these funds to further enhance academic and personal success for Liberty students. From a sensory stimulation project for Special Education students to an outdoor classroom for an entire school, our grants are allowing students, regardless of their background, to have opportunities to experience personalized and premier learning.
Learner Led Grants
Fueling the ideas and dreams of our learners is one of the best ways to promote lifelong learning and innovation in the classroom. For this reason, we have introduced student-initiated grant opportunities. All students will be encouraged to recruit a staff ambassador as they collaborate with their peers to develop unique projects for their classrooms or schools. Groups will put together creative video proposals for this fun competition.
In partnership with Liberty Public Schools, we are thrilled to present the STEAM Bus. The STEAM Bus rolled its way into our schools in 2017. This mobile learning lab enhances the educational experiences for elementary students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. On the only bus of its kind in the Kansas City area, learning is coming alive for students as educators creatively utilize hands-on technology to align with classroom curriculum. Liberty students are actively engaged in new ways while learning to code, invent, create circuits, produce 3D designs, train in healthcare practices, build hydraulics and the list continues to grow.
Future Finance Now
We proudly sponsor Liberty Public School’s Future Finance Literacy Program. All juniors participate in a financial literacy simulation program that provides students with real-life experiences in handling their finances as a 26-year-old. It is a fun, tangible way to experience the reality of making financial decisions about life’s necessities.