Helping Out

Safety Certifications– In Real Life

Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, Helping Out, tagged in Tags: , , , Bystander CPR Training Affinis

Rob Herrick was surprised when his CPR training kicked in on May 14. He had just finished the PurpleStride 5K, which benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and was headed to watch Rick Worrel finish up. As he was cheering him on, he noticed Rick collapse. “You go through the class and learn the nuances, but always […]

Introducing Middle School Students to Engineering

Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 by Kristen Leathers
In Community, Culture, Helping Out, tagged in Tags: , , , , , , kristen-leathers-pltw

Jami Phipps, an algebra teacher at Kearney Junior High School, focuses on building interest in engineering among female middle school students. She works closely with Kearney High School’s well-established Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program, which offers a variety of courses designed to introduce students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering. To connect students […]

What We’ve Learned from Leadership Overland Park

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2015 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Culture, Helping Out, tagged in Tags: Cliff-Speegle-large

Cliff Speegle will be graduating from Leadership Overland Park this week, but over the years, five of our co-workers have taken part. Hosted by the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, it is an annual program designed to provide a source of motivated leaders. It offers information about the community and its issues, along with leadership training. With […]

Give Back with the After School Tutoring Program

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 by Cindy Martens
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For the last few months, I’ve been sharing some of my time helping students as a tutor in the After School Tutoring program. As one of many volunteers, I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact it can have on students. By taking part in this program, students, who are interested in becoming more proficient in reading […]

The R&D Forum Recap

Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by Les Hamilton
In Community, Culture, Helping Out, tagged in

Yesterday, we shared a brief overview of Project Lead the Way, but today, Les Hamilton is sharing his thoughts on the importance of STEM education and events like the Research & Development Forum. The Research and Development (R&D) Forum is a Shawnee Mission School District, district-wide showcase of student projects. Held April 24 – 26 […]

Affinis Partners with Project Lead the Way

Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 by Peggy Amor
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In 2007, the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) implemented Project Lead the Way (PLTW) as the district’s signature engineering program at Shawnee Mission South High School. PLTW offers a variety of courses designed to introduce students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering prior to entering college. In this program, students work in teams […]

Affinis Engineer Makes Time to Help Out with MOVE

Posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Les Hamilton
In Community, Helping Out, tagged in Tags: LRH MOVE Event

Several years ago, while participating in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s PIE (Partners in Education) and CPAT (Career Pathways Advisory Team) for students in the STEM curriculum, I learned about another of the district’s valuable programs, MOVE (Making Opportunities in Vocational Education). The focus of the program is helping special needs students prepare for […]

Mentoring 101

Posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by Cindy Martens
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You don’t have to look far to find books, blogs, articles, videos and training sessions that have been written on the topic of mentoring. There are formal programs with explicit guidelines, handbooks, schedules and timelines to nail down all the intricacies of a successful mentoring program. The roles of the mentor/mentee have been elevated to […]

Leadership Overland Park Session 10 – Wrap Up and Graduation

Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2012 by Ryan Fleming
In Community, Helping Out, tagged in Tags: Farmstead Project

The Leadership Overland Park class of 2012 has now graduated. What a great program it has been. Reading my original blog post and reflecting back on my goals for the program, the two things that most stick out that I wanted to gain from the class were to develop a network of people from other […]

Affinis Co-Workers Spend Afternoon at Heart to Heart

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 by Affinis Corp
In Culture, Helping Out, tagged in Tags: , , Career-Opportunities

Affinis co-workers took a break from the office on Wednesday, April 11 to make life easier for others.  Co-workers spent the afternoon helping out at Heart to Heart International’s Kansas City, Kansas warehouse, folding towels and preparing hygiene kits. Dr. Gary Morsch, a family physician from Olathe, Kansas started Heart to Heart International over 20 […]