Five ISD Schools Get Makeover During Project Shine

Posted June 22, 2021

More than 700 ISD teachers, students, administrators and volunteers from Independence businesses, churches and civic organizations spent their Saturday, June 19 cleaning, painting and beautifying five ISD schools during Project Shine. This year, volunteers spruced up Benton Elementary, Blackburn Elementary, Luff Elementary Santa Fe Trail Elementary and Sycamore Hills Elementary thanks to the generosity of the Independence community.

Project Shine began with the annexation of six schools from Kansas City to the Independence School District. An emergency clean-up of those schools was necessary to get them ready for students. The impressive community support and that volunteer spirit helped Project Shine become an annual event.

More than 12,000 people have volunteered more than 60,000 hours since the first Project Shine event eleven years ago. That work and those hours of service have saved the Independence School District more than $500,000 dollars. We are very proud of this special day that highlights our strong schools and supportive community as we join together to make our schools shine!