Recent Stories

Elementary counselor called ‘our angel at Greenwood’ by family

From the first time my children and I met Mrs. Mindi Jones she had a very pleasant, compassionate, nice, warm spirit and was very kind to us. We had just moved to Greenwood, and it was a big change for us but Mrs. Mindi made it all worth it. My children always came home talking about how nice she was and still is to them. The most important thing was that she knew their names. This year has been rough for my family and I, and Mrs. Mindi has gone above and beyond her duties as a counselor. She has helped my children with school issues and my family with personal changes in our home. I'm so grateful to God that she was our angel at Greenwood for the two years we were there. I wish we could take her on our new journey we had to start which meant that we had to depart from Mrs. Mindi -- but she will always be with us in spirit because of the love she has shown my children and me. I thank you. Mrs. Mindi is the No. 1 counselor of a lifetime.
From: London, Jaudae, Erashae, Elaysha and Aisha. We thank you and from the bottom of our hearts love you.
Submitted by Aisha Thompson

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Story Project

Sharing personal stories about individual students

Do you have a story about your child that you'd like to share focusing on his or her success in school? As part of "The Story Project," Lee's Summit R-7 will be featuring personal stories about our students and their accomplishments in school. We are looking for stories about a specific incident or an individual school staff member making a positive difference for your child. The stories may be about children from birth through high school and may be submitted by parents and guardians of both past and present students. For example, you might share a story about how your child's kindergarten teacher helped her overcome school anxiety or how a high-school coach helped your son become a school leader.



Here's how to submit your child's story:

  1. Submit a brief written story (200 words or less) about your child's success in school to
  2. If you prefer, contact Janice Phelan, R-7 executive director of communications at or (816) 986-1095, to request that Janice draft your child's story for you to review.
  3. Stories focusing on a specific class, school year, incident or school staff member are preferred over broader stories about a child's entire academic career. Stories should remain positive toward school staff members, other students and other families included.
  4. Students may also submit their own story but must have parent permission if they are currently an R-7 student.
  5. We prefer to include the names of both the parent(s) submitting the story and the child but will also publish stories without including the name. (We require that the child's and parents' names be included on all submissions even if the names will not be publicized.)
  6. If your story is selected, you will be notified and asked to sign a release form allowing R-7 to include your story in publications, websites and school district social media. You will also have the opportunity to provide a photograph of your child.
  7. Stories selected will appear in school district publications, on "The Story Project" website and on R-7 Facebook and Twitter.