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sankofa bird

The “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.  What poem or speech inspires you to reflect on your history and helps to provide direction for your successful future?


Nestled in the historic Longfellow neighborhood, Longfellow Elementary boasts strong parent and community support and a focus on social awareness. We emphasize the total development of each child: oral, intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being by fostering positive relationships with students and staff.

Our Mission is to ensure that all students secure the academic knowledge and social skills to excel in life.

Our Vision is to unlock the full potential of every student.  In pursuit of this vision, our school is committed to inspiring life-long learners, motivating students and staff, fostering a student-centered culture, providing a safe, equitable learning environment for students and staff, and improving continually.

Our Motto: Be safe-Be responsible-Be respectful-Be prepared-Be great!


Solid white or navy blue short or long-sleeved shirt (must have a collar or turtleneck). Tan (khaki), black or navy blue pants, skirt, jumper, or shorts. School logo tops may also be worn. No denim is allowed, except on special occasions’ as determined by administration.

School Hours:
8:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.


School Activities & Partners:
Centennial Church
Midtown church
The Cause Church
Lead to Read
Truman Medical Center- “Project Sparkle"
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2830 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64109
(816) 418-5325
Twitter: @KCPS_Longfellow

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