In Appreciation of Teachers

In Appreciation of Teachers

Think about your favorite teacher(s).  What made them your favorite? Do you have a fun memory of them that makes you smile? How did they make your least favorite subject enjoyable (or at least tolerable)?  What dreams did they inspire you to chase with full force?  At...
UICS: Where Diversity is Our ‘Normal’

UICS: Where Diversity is Our ‘Normal’

Super heroes don’t always wear capes and fly through the air.  Some of them wear glasses, utilize service animals, and use wheelchairs.  United Inner City Services (UICS) happens to have many superheroes in all of our centers. We call them teachers.  One of those...
FALL-ing into FUN at UICS

FALL-ing into FUN at UICS

One look out the window makes one thing perfectly clear in Kansas City: fall has arrived.  During a year of uncertainty and unrest, the familiarity of the trees changing colors and pumpkin decor provides comfort and consistency for many. A sense of normalcy in the...
UICS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

UICS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

“Delicioso!” rang through the UICS-St. Mark Center theatre as students learned a new word in Spanish and enthusiastically enjoyed Sopapilla Cheesecake (yes, it is as delicious as it sounds) to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage...
Tiny Tuesdays: Music to Our (Little) Ears!

Tiny Tuesdays: Music to Our (Little) Ears!

Beethoven’s 9th. Mozart’s Requiem. Baby Shark?  Baby Shark, a trending children’s song, might seem like a strange musical selection for the Kansas City Symphony to play in concert. But when your audience of little learners makes a special request, you play Baby...
Bright Smiles on Dental Day

Bright Smiles on Dental Day

Giggles and smiles. Not what you might expect from someone sitting in the exam chair at the dentist’s office  – let alone an infant or pre-K student who may have never experienced this type of appointment before. Thanks to our friends at Swope Health, United...
Kids Connect: “I Love You Rituals”

Kids Connect: “I Love You Rituals”

A morning song sung to wake up. A tickle to elicit a laugh. A push on a swing set with requests to go higher. A game of basketball. These interactions are often commonplace between parents/caregivers and children, but some might not know how often these tools of...
Canvas for (Virtual) Creativity

Canvas for (Virtual) Creativity

At some point during our school age life, many of us proudly shared a completed creative project with our families. Sometimes our masterpieces adorned the refrigerator, hallway wall, or mom or dad’s desk at work. Those memorable accomplishments and experiences are...
Planting Seeds of  Knowledge, Exploration, and FUN

Planting Seeds of Knowledge, Exploration, and FUN

Makeovers feel good. They inspire a sense of renewal and vigor. Thanks to generous United Inner City Services (UICS) community partners, our Metro Center’s outdoor play space has experienced an incredible transformation and further ignited our students to learn and...
Kindness Unmasked

Kindness Unmasked

New backpack. Check. Crayons. Check. Pencils. Check.  Family face masks. Check. Some back-to-school lists look a little different this year. In fact, many things look different as we enter the 2020-21 school year at any of our three United Inner City Services (UICS)...