Ruskin High wins South KC Big Impact Award

Over 10 businesses and organizations received awards; but Ruskin received the big one its services to the surrounding community.

Ruskin High School wins South KC Big Impact Award 

By John Sharp

Ruskin High School was named as the Big Impact Award winner from among ten companies and organizations selected to receive Community Impact Awards for positively impacting south Kansas City at the annual dinner of the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce January 30.

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Ruskin High School Principal Torrence Allen (third from left) is shown with the Big Impact Award the school received at the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. Also shown with Allen are (from left) Missouri State Representative Mark Sharp, Telegraph Columnist John Sharp who nominated Ruskin for the award and KCMO City Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw, a Ruskin graduate. Photo Hickman Mills School District

Ruskin was selected through online voting on the Chamber’s website for the many activities of its staff and students to serve the community and support area charities.  These include:

Hosting monthly visits by Harvesters mobile food pantry to provide healthy food to needy families; Sponsoring Sock It To Poverty to give socks to an area homeless shelter during the winter; Collecting food for needy families around Halloween through Trick or Treat so Tots Can Eat; Donating personal care and hygiene products to Giving the Basics;  Conducting a diaper collection drive for Happy Bottoms; Maintaining a coat closet for needy students and donating unneeded coats to Community Assistance Council; and Helping care for the animals at Wayside Waifs.

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Three Trails Community received a Community Impact Award. Photo Three Trails Community. 

Three Trails Community, a church started in south Kansas City just a few years ago, was reportedly another top contender for the Big Impact Award.  It received a Community Impact Award for also hosting monthly visits by Harvesters mobile food pantry to the Martin City K-8 School and conducting other community service activities.

Other Community Impact Award winners were:

  • A. L. Huber General Contractor
  • Fishtech Group
  • Grade-A Tree Care
  • Honeywell
  • Martin City Coffee
  • NorthPoint Development
  • ThinkViral
  • Traders Insurance 

For  more information about the community service provided by all the award winners, go on the Chamber’s website


1 thought on “Ruskin High wins South KC Big Impact Award

  1. Way to go Ruskin High School!
    Receiving the Image Award from the South Kansas City Alliance is an achievement the entire student body and the class of 2020 can be justly proud. Congratulations to each of you, your school staff and your school administrators!

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