Lasting Relationships

Lasting Relationships
Posted on 12/21/2021
Tanner Jones of Colonial Gardens was honored at the november board meeting

This year, the Blue Springs R-IV Board of Education is presenting the Community Partner Award at its monthly meetings. The award spotlights people and businesses in our community who contribute to the success of our students, staff, and schools. These partnerships are essential in providing the best educational opportunities for our students and in building lasting relationships between our schools and the community.

Three businesses have been highlighted this year – Meyer Music, Blackburn Orthodontics, and Colonial Gardens.

Meyer Music has been a local pillar and partner of our schools for decades. In addition to providing music lessons to generations of residents, Meyer Music has also been an incredible partner for our district music programs, marching bands, orchestras, choirs, classrooms, and Blue Springs Education Foundation.

Through its “Band of Angels” program, Meyer Music has helped put instruments in the hands of children who otherwise could not afford them. They have also provided beginning band recruitment supplies and been there at crucial times with instrument repair or replacement. Meyer Music underwrites a portion of many camps, which makes it more affordable for all students to attend.

Blue Springs South Jaguar Pride Director Ken Hansen said Meyer Music has been an incredible resource and supporter of school music programs.

“They have been an industry leader for my entire teaching career. Meyer Music has supported our programs by offering the very best quality in instruments and service. Every time we reach out with a request, they are there with a gracious smile and a willingness to help our students. We are so blessed to have a company like this in the KC metro area, and we are beyond fortunate to have them in our back yard.”

Dr. David Blackburn and Blackburn Orthodontics are an outstanding partner for the Blue Springs School District and surrounding districts. Blackburn Orthodontics has been a sponsor for Glitter Girls, Blue Springs High School girls’ basketball, the Golden Regiment, and a booster for theater and boys’ basketball.

Blackburn has also been an active partner with Sunny Pointe Elementary. Through the sponsorship of “Puma Pride spirit shirts,” each SPE student can show their school spirit. Blackburn has teamed with SPE PTA to provide these shirts for the past two years.

Sunny Pointe Principal Cassie Gengelbach said Blackburn’s efforts contribute to educational opportunities and school spirit for not only SPE, but the entire district.

“The contribution of spirit shirts allows every student to feel included and a part of the SPE community,” she said. Blackburn Orthodontics’ partnership and mission is to give back to the community they serve to enrich the lives of every student in a positive way.”

Colonial Gardens has been in Blue Springs for decades and is a dedicated partner to our schools and community. Colonial’s partnership and support of our schools is constant. This fall, FFA students from both high schools took a tour of the facility, learning everything from tree management to providing sustainable produce for Colonial’s on-site restaurant. Volunteers from Abundant Life Church also used materials provided by Colonial to install landscaping and flowers at James Walker Elementary.

Colonial Gardens offers students paid internships. South FFA instructor Craig

Zwahlen said it was a great learning opportunity for students that age, and a valuable connection with the FFA program. Colonial has invited Horticulture classes to tour their garden center, production houses and tree farm production in the Fort Osage area. This experience gives the students a glance of real world experience and job opportunities available in this industry.

Colonial Gardens has also provided trees for our schools and taught students of all ages about soil, planting and watering. They have also been an integral partner to Brittany Hill Middle School’s 7th Grade Life Science program.

“Colonial sent out their experts and liaison to meet with our sponsors and advise us in getting our group started,” Brittany Hill Principal Brett Lyon said.

“Colonial provided guest speakers to present about horticulture and help in the design process for our raised beds. Colonial then hosted our Life Science Club on a field trip to show our students their latest endeavors and provide opportunities for our kids to learn about horticulture careers and their business.”