This program provides weekly non-perishable food items. Inquire with your student's school to determine if this program is offered at your site.
An annual event by invitation. Contact your student's social worker.
Free or Reduced School Lunch Program
Individual and Group Counseling
Liberty Public Schools Social Workers provide LPS students and families with individual and group counseling services. School Social Work counseling services include brief individual therapeutic intervention to help students to be successful in the school environment as well as brief crisis intervention support to parents and families. The School Social Work and Counseling Departments also often work together to facilitate therapeutic life skills groups with students including lessons on such topics as social skills, anger management, friendship, divorce, grief and loss, and self-esteem enhancement.
Liberty Public Schools Social Workers conduct home visits as needed to the homes of LPS families who have been referred for school social work services. During these home visits, School Social Workers build rapport and align themselves with the family, listening to their struggles and assessing for strengths, needs, and unidentified resources. Home visits are an important tool to help School Social Workers understand how a struggling student and/or family functions within their systems and environments, helping School Social Workers to identify the most suitable interventions and determine ways to best empower families to meet their family's needs and address their barriers to success.
Liberty Community Christmas Tree
Liberty Public Schools partners with the Liberty Parks and Recreation Department's Liberty Community Christmas Tree Program to provide holiday assistance to LPS families. Families who are eligible for this program reside within the Liberty Public Schools attendance zone and attend Liberty Public Schools. Families are adopted by local community members who donate food and presents and deliver them to their adopted family's home, helping them to provide for their family's needs during the holidays. Visit the Liberty Community Christmas Tree website to sign up.
Liberty Parks and Recreation Department Youth Scholarship Program
Liberty Public Schools partners with the Liberty Parks and Recreation Department to offer scholarships to LPS students who, without financial assistance, would not have the opportunity to participate in the Department’s youth recreational activities. Eligibility is based on a family's participation in the LPS Free or Reduced School Lunch Program. Families who receive a scholarship receive financial assistance of up to 75% of the cost of the program in which the youth is enrolling. Visit the Liberty Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Program website to learn more, or complete a Youth Scholarship Program application.
Linking Families to School and Community Resources
LPS School Social Workers work directly with families to help them meet their family's needs by connecting them with resources that are available in the LPS school district as well as in the community. Some of these school district resources include, for example, linking families with Special Education programs and services, or linking families who have medical needs with the School Nurse. Some of these community resources include housing assistance programs, financial assistance services, food pantries, clothing assistance, and mental health services. A list of just some of these community resources that are available can be found on our Local Resources page.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Services
Through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Services Program, Liberty Public Schools provides assistance for families experiencing homelessness. These services are designed to provide support to the family; address barriers that homeless children and families face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school; and ultimately to ensure that each student receives equal access to the same free and appropriate public education available to all children. Some of the services that may be available to assist homeless families include transportation assistance, Free or Reduced School Lunch Program participation, early childhood programs, and other social service resources or referrals. Families who are eligible for these services are living in a vehicle, shelter, hotel, abandoned building, or other temporary residence, often with more than one family residing in the same residence at one time.
Level Up Kids
Each school year, Liberty Public Schools partners with Miles of Smiles mobile dental clinic. Miles of Smiles provides free, on-campus dental cleanings, exams, and treatment to uninsured or under-insured students and their siblings. Miles of Smiles visits many of our Liberty Public Schools campuses throughout the school year. LPS School Nurses, Social Workers, and Counselors, work together to facilitate this clinic on the school campus and coordinate the provision of these free dental services to the LPS students and families who need them.
Throughout the school year, the LPS School Social Work Department collects donations of basic needs items such as hygiene products, household products, cleaning products, and paper products. The Necessities Closet was created in order to supplement such items that families often do not receive when they visit local food pantries. LPS School Social Workers provide these items directly to LPS families when a need is identified.
Operation School Bell
Liberty school counselors and social workers partner with the Assistance League of Kansas City, to provide new clothing and supplies to local elementary and middle school students in need.