Commissioner Update
October 19, 2012

This is the LINC Commission update for the week of Oct. 19, 2012. Our board is deeply interested in our work and wanted to learn about - and share with others - the great things LINC is helping to accomplish.
Kansas City Library donates 2,500 books to Lights On celebrations

The Kansas City Public Library was at 25 sites celebrating Lights On Afterschool in Kansas City Public Schools. Library staff and volunteers passed out 2,500 new books for students to take home and add to their personal libraries.

The library has been a supportive partner of many LINC events, most recently working with area organizations on Mayor Sly James' Campaign for Grade Level Reading. In February the library, LINC, Mid-Continent Public Library, and Kansas City Federation of Teachers will host the 2013 Jackson County Spelling Bee.

This year, 47 LINC Caring Communities sites - including every site with an after-school care program - in six school districts celebrated Lights On Afterschool. Information about the celebrations can be found at

This annual event was organized by the Afterschool Alliance. National celebrations included lighting up the Empire State Building and Mount Rushmore on Oct. 18. More information can be found at

Lights On Afterschool rallies nationwide give youth a chance to showcase the skills they learn and talents they develop at their afterschool programs, and to send the message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

The Afterschool Alliance estimates more than a million people participated.

LINC produces curriculum overview booklet for Hickman Mills sites

LINC's long-time involvement and support for the children and families in the Hickman Mills School District are documented in a new booklet, LINC in the Hickman Mills School District.

LINC currently works in 10 Hickman Mills schools - 8 elementary and 2 middle and junior high.

For the current school year, LINC will invest over $2 million in direct financial support.

LINC's primary effort is operating LINC Caring Communities sites in the 10 buildings and providing affordable and accessible after-school programming for children.

Last school year, LINC provided nearly 147,000 days of after-school care and an additional 9,200 days during the summer.

In addition to operating well-balanced enrichment programs, LINC supports the academic achievement of children through after-school activities that support communication arts, mathematics and science.

Other major initiatives in Hickman Mills include an extensive chess program and a federal summer food demonstration project that has provided nearly $340,000 in summer food benefits for school-aged children the past two summers.

Mayor James reads to NKC students at Topping Caring Communities

Topping students read books with Mayor James
Topping students read books with Mayor James

Topping Elementary in the North Kansas City School District hosted Mayor Sly James to read to students in the LINC after-school program on Fri., Oct. 12.


The mayor read three books to students and advised children to read as much as possible.


Watch a video from the event at right.

In attendance were North Kansas City superintendent Todd White, deputy superintendent Daniel Clemens, School Board president Joe Jacobs, Topping principal Dana Miller, and other members of North Kansas City staff.


The LINC site coordinator is Rebecca Semkin.

Bailus Tate honored with KC Crime Commission's Alvin Brooks Award

Tate (left) accepts his award with Alvin Brooks.

LINC Commissioner Bailus Tate was honored with the Alvin Brooks Award at the 63rd Annual Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission Luncheon on Thur., Oct. 18.  


Tate received the award for his support of law enforcement organizations in Kansas City.


The award is given annually to an outstanding community leader who is a model community activist and outstanding individual constantly striving to make Kansas City a better place to live, do business, and visit.


Tate also serves on the Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) board.



LINC hosts international visitors from Indonesia

Visitors from Indonesia met with LINC leadership.

International visitors from Indonesia met recently with LINC volunteer leaders to learn about efforts to engage a broad community.


The five guests traveled the United States under the auspices of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program


The main focus of the international study visit was on civic engagement to promote good governance and supporting grassroots community participation in democratic societies. This was the first trip to the United States for study group members. 


LINC frequently hosts international groups and shares its approach and efforts as one model to encourage broad community participation, focusing particularly on the role of volunteers and families.  



Remembering Gene Standifer

LINC is saddened to report the death of Gene Stadifer Jr., one of the first LINC Commissioners and long-time community leader.


Standifer was a life-long resident of Kansas City, attending Wendell Phillips Elementary School (near 18th & Vine) and graduating from Lincoln High School.  


He served in the United States Army in both World War II and the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged from the military in 1952 as a corporal. 


For 39 years Standifer worked for the U.S. government in various agencies. He retired from the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners in 1987. 


He was appointed to serve as the 2nd District County Legislator of Jackson County from 2005-06. Other community activity included Missouri Crime Prevention Association, Urban League of Kansas City, Ivanhoe Club, Kansas City NAACP, and Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, among many others. 


Gayle Hobbs, LINC president shared:  

"LINC will not be the same without Gene. We all will need to carry forward his unending compassion and support for all in the Kansas City Community."


Gene was an encouraging and thoughtful member of the board.   

New LINC site supervisors announced

LINC has announced Ebonie Hawthorne, Janet Miles, and Alex Petersen as the newest LINC Caring Communities site supervisors.
Brent Schondelmeyer
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