The students clearly enjoy the extra bit of attention I provide, and I enjoy their excited smiles, and those little ‘ah-ha’ moments when they learn a new word, or suddenly understand how that math problem works. I actually feel like what I am doing is making a difference, and that’s a great feeling.Deanne Stedem
Country Club Christian Church provides volunteers to encourage and support students and teachers at Hartman Elementary School. Hartman, part of the Kansas City Schools (KCPS) is located at 8111 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64114. Volunteer opportunities are diverse, entail a variety of skills and interests, and are offered at different times of the day. Volunteers can choose from regular, on-going activities, one-time or episodic events throughout the school year. Our partnership works closely with the KCPS Partners In Education Office volunteer coordinator to follow school district volunteer policies to ensure all of our volunteers have a safe, positive and mutually beneficial experience.
Our partnership also provides volunteers for the Local Invest Commission (LINC) Before and After-School Program at Hartman. LINC is a non-profit organization that partners with the school district to support children and families by offering recreational and academic activities including homework help, sports, chess and healthy snacks.
In addition, our volunteers play an important role in the fight against child hunger by sacking and delivering Harvesters BackSnacks to Hartman and Garfield Schools each week during the school year. These meals provide healthy food for children who do not have enough to eat over the weekend.
Our church is also a funding partner for Take the Stage, a weekly one-hour dance class for Hartman 4th graders, that helps students develop self-discipline skills, an appreciation for excellence and self-confidence that positively impacts all aspects of their lives. Church members are invited to help support this worthwhile program by attending dance performances in December and in May.
Become a Tutor and Encourage a Student: Depending on the student and your gifts, you might be asked to read with a student, drill math facts, or assist the teacher in some way.Volunteer tutors spend one hour per week helping students. If you would like to observe a tutoring session, fill out the form below, select Hartman School and type a request.
Adopt a Classroom: Sunday School classes and other groups may adopt a classroom and collaborate with the teacher to provide certain items or make materials she needs for special class projects, such as pencils, special stickers, math flash cards, shoe boxes or milk cartons, etc.
LINC Before and After-School Program: Volunteers are needed to help with after-school and seasonal programs such as basketball, t-ball and soccer. Other after-school opportunities for volunteering include chess and assisting students with homework.
Harvesters BackSnack Program: Each team of volunteers meets at the church once a month to fill and deliver BackSnack bags full of nutritious food for students to take home on the weekend. This important program helps students who would otherwise struggle to eat, return to school on Monday ready to learn. Volunteers also deliver BackSnacks to Garfield School. For more information, fill out the form below and select BackSnack.
Special Events: Volunteers help with one-time activities such as greeting new students and parents on Opening Day, serving lunch to staff on Parent-Teacher Conference Days, assisting with games on Field Day, and preparing special treats for staff on Teacher Appreciation Days. For more information, fill out the form below, select Hartman School and type a request.
Other Ways to Help
Grace at Work: Sign up for Grace at Work. One Saturday morning in the spring and one in the fall, volunteers join Hartman and LINC staff and families to help with landscaping and tidying up around the school grounds. Projects include a butterfly garden and raised beds for growing vegetables.
Take the Stage: Church members and volunteers are invited to attend dance performances at Hartman and in the community. For more ways to help click here.
School Uniform Donations: Purchase school uniforms, khaki or navy pants, navy polo shirts, and bring them to the Metro Mission Ministry Collection Connection so that our partnership can provide uniforms for Hartman students facing difficult circumstances.
Box Tops for Education: Look for Box Top labels on some of your favorite grocery items. Clip and drop in Box Top collection boxes located in the church parlor. Each box top is worth 10 cents and quickly adds up to dollars the school can use to purchase extra supplies, playground equipment and help fund special activities for students. For a complete list of products click here.
For more information or to volunteer, fill out the form below or call our church office 816-333-4917. All new volunteers who work directly with students on a regular basis must complete a school district volunteer application and undergo a background screening. For more details about the school district volunteer program click here.
To volunteer: For more information, fill out the form below or call our church office, 816-333-4917. On-site volunteers must pass background screening and participate in training, for details visit this page.