May 31, 2019

Kansas City Power & Light District partners with KCPS Foundation

The Kansas City Power & Light District's new five-year partnership with the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation comes with a variety of perks. 

One of them starts in the fall: A teacher each year will receive a two-year lease in either the One Light or Two Light luxury apartment towers in Downtown. 

The Cordish Cos., which owns the district, also will donate a portion of proceeds from at least three concerts at KC Live! a year to the foundation and will have its 1,000 area employees volunteer annually at the district and school level during the five-year partnership.

Cordish kicked off the new relationship Thursday with a $50,000 check to the foundation, which was founded in 2012 to provide support for innovative teaching, educational materials and resources for enhancing student learning. 

“The success and growth of the Power & Light District has always been intended to be about more than just Downtown, but about the success and growth of the Kansas City community as a whole," Nick Benjamin, executive director of the district, said in a release. “This is a great opportunity to have a direct positive impact on children who are the future of our community and neighborhood, and we couldn’t be more excited to begin this multiyear initiative to support the great ambitions of the KC Public Schools Education Foundation.”

The new partnership also will showcase KCPS students through visual and performance art at least four times throughout each year at the entertainment district. It also will work with the foundation to identify other avenues it can assist, such as job fairs and job shadowing. 

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