KC schools benefiting from generosity of community

“This is a school with a community feel, and this school is a big part of this community,” said Heather Logsdon, Family School Liaison at Bryant.

Loads of Love begins partnership with local school district

At Bryant Elementary in the Independence (MO) School District, respect and learning are at the heart of each day’s mission. The school’s goal is “to provide students, families and staff with the tools they need to create a safe and collaborative learning environment.”

Walking the halls, that mission is evident.  

“This is a school with a community feel, and this school is a big part of this community,” said Heather Logsdon, Family School Liaison at Bryant.

One exciting development was the school’s inclusion in United Way of Greater Kansas City’s Loads of Love initiative, a Giving Tuesday fundraiser in which the community donated to an important cause: installing washer/dryer sets on local campuses. UWGKC delivered Bryant’s machines in February.

Logsdon’s role at the school is just one of many resources that Independence School District offers to its students and their families. She works on an individual basis to support the district’s families with services they need, and removing barriers to their success. 

She said it’s extremely important to for students to have access with clean clothing, and Loads of Love will help with that.

“When our students have clean clothes, they don’t have to worry about what other people are thinking,” Logsdon said. “When we’re clean and we feel good, we’re going to learn better in the classroom.”

When families rely on laundromats, the resource investment of both time and money can be straining. That’s part of the hope for on-site, in-school laundry facilities like the one at Bryant.

“It becomes one less thing our parents have to worry about,” Logsdon said.

It’s also an opportunity for parents and loved ones to get even more involved with the school.

“Showing families they are capable of doing this tells them ‘You have these talents, let’s build on that,’” Logsdon said. “Welcoming our parents into the building, letting them know we love every kid here and want what’s best for them and for their families.”

“Everyone understands the shared purpose we have at Bryant,” she said. “This will make all of us feel even more helpful. This is something I’ve wanted for a while and I’m excited to have this access for our families.”