KC Businesses Continue to Serve their Communities | Kansas City Homes

Posted by Kansas City Homes on Monday, April 13th, 2020 at 11:48am.

Better Together | Kansas City Homes

 

The Kansas City community is remarkable, unified and has received their fair share of tests over the last month. Amidst stay-at-home-orders and only being able to access essential services, Kansas City has remained resilient, and stayed together to weather the storm. Small businesses all throughout Kansas City have been forced to close their doors, but that will not prevent them from continuing to serve their communities. 

Businesses Respond

Several restaurants are staying open for carryout and delivery services but are also aiding our healthcare workers who are on the front lines of defeating the virus. Jack Stack Barbecue made over 700 boxed lunches and delivered it to hospital staff around Kansas City, completely free of charge. Yard Bar in Westport sold unopened alcohol from St. Patrick’s Day in order to generate loans for their laid-off staff. The Rieger and The Black Sheep restaurants reopened their doors to serve as pay- what-you-can community kitchens. These are only a few of the examples from all around the city of those that are stepping up to help those who need it most. 

Grocery stores were deemed essential to remain open but many of them are having to adopt new policies and procedures to keep their customers safe. Some are going even further than that. Hy-Vee is doing their part to allow you to still celebrate special occasions with deliverable gift packages that include cookies, balloons, and even toilet paper. Target, Price Chopper, Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart are also reserving time throughout the week for only the elderly to shop so they may get their necessities outside of the hustle and bustle of normal hours, and so they may keep everything sanitized and safe specifically for them. 

Schools Adapt to the Greatest Change 

I was able to have a Google Meet discussion with a teacher in the Olathe school district, and we talked about what she has had to do to adapt to the school closings. She told me all teachers, at schools that are remaining open, had to move to a completely digital curriculum for the remainder of the year in the state of Kansas. They began utilizing Google Classroom, Meet, and Zoom to accomplish their class meetings throughout the week. Individual office hours are offered in lieu as one on one time with each student to make sure they are understanding the lessons. The greatest obstacle has been making sure each student has access to the internet or even a mobile device. This is where Kansas City Public Schools has been working with LeanLab which is helping to provide a mobile device and hotspot for every student that needs one in the district. They have accomplished that mission and every student in the KCPS district will be able to complete distance learning through to the end of the school year. 

Altering a mode of teaching is difficult and not being able to check firsthand that students are understanding the new concepts is a worry for many educators. Parents have had to help significantly to assist teachers and their children. For younger students, parents have to make accounts for them, remember passwords, and teach them how to use the programs in order to access course materials. Teachers have had quite a bit to adapt to but the help of their students’ parents has been extremely critical to getting the digital learning interface up and running. 

It Does Not Stop There 

Transit in Kansas City has already been changing significantly since last year but they will now be offering free transit from bus lines to scooters to RideKC bikes. Bikes, scooters, and buses are being routinely sanitized to protect health. A nationwide service, Little Free Library is a community book sharing kiosk that is owned and operated by individuals throughout the country and Kansas City. These little kiosks have removed their books and replaced them with a food pantry for any who are in need. The Kansas City Royals are releasing coloring book pages of their famous players to entertain your kids, and concerts are moving to streaming online instead of having a live audience. First Fridays, the monthly arts celebration in the Crossroads district, moved to the internet to display their digital galleries and invited art from all over the city to be submitted for features. KU Medical Center allowed 50 of their seniors to graduate early in order to help the rural hospitals across the state staff their facilities. Leadership and staff at the Kansas City VA hospital stood outside early one morning to hold up signs for the doctors and nurses pulling in to start their shift. The signs read “You are Awesome” and “You Make a Difference.” 

A lot has changed in Kansas City in the last few weeks and we all have been forced to adapt to new policies, work schedules, and life in general. One thing can be said with certainty, in the face of adversity, Kansas City has bonded together to beat the difficulties we are all facing. In spite of what may come, we are all Better Together. 

 

 

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