MDC offering free native landscape design classes March 2 in Kansas City

​​Weston • Platte County • Missouri

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Last week marked an eventful and impactful week for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at West Platte Middle and High School. The week-long celebration, filled with various activities and community engagements, showcased the commitment and enthusiasm of the students and faculty alike.
The festivities kicked off with a flurry of dress-up days, bringing students and teachers together in a spirit of camaraderie and fun. However, the real highlight of the week came on Wednesday when seventeen ambitious students embarked on a journey to Jefferson City for Legislative Day.
Led by dedicated FBLA advisors, the students had the unique opportunity to explore the inner workings of Missouri’s government firsthand. One of the most memorable moments was the meeting with Chad Perkins, a respected state representative, who graciously welcomed the students and shared insights into the legislative process.
The day was packed with enriching experiences as the students toured the majestic halls of the capital building, visited the esteemed Missouri Supreme Court, and witnessed the House of Representatives in session. Following the tours, the group unwound and bonded over a leisurely lunch at a local pizzeria, cherishing the moments of relaxation and camaraderie.
Thursday saw the FBLA students taking the opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation towards their teachers. Hosting a delightful teacher appreciation breakfast, the FBLA students extended warm gestures of thanks to the hardworking faculty members of West Platte Middle and High School.
Undeterred by their busy schedule, the students continued their altruistic endeavors on Friday by visiting the Aspire Nursing Room. Armed with Valentine’s gift bags brimming with handmade cards, fuzzy socks, nail files, plants, and other thoughtful gifts, the students brought joy and companionship to the residents.
Engaging in spirited games and sprucing up the game room, the students fostered meaningful connections and left a lasting impression on everyone they encountered.
Looking ahead, the West Platte FBLA is gearing up for more exciting events. On March 1st, they will participate in a workday, furthering their mission of service and leadership. Additionally, the Middle School State competition slated for March 26-27 and the High School State competition scheduled for April 14-16 promise to be thrilling opportunities for growth and achievement.
As the West Platte FBLA continues to make waves both within the school and the broader community, their dedication to excellence and service stands as a beacon of inspiration for students and educators alike. With each initiative, they reaffirm their commitment to making a positive impact and shaping future leaders of tomorrow. 

Vincent Merritt (shown with Scout Leaders Dan West and John Collier), recently was honored with the North Star District Eagle Project of the Year for his Kirk Memorial Caboose Project. There were more than 125 projects eligible for this award.
Vincent would like to thank everyone who supported his Eagle project. 

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FBLA Students at Jefferson City were: Sitting: Rylinn May, Saige Cashman, Presley McFarland, Corbin Starliper, Katie Treas, Billie Statton
Standing: Clara Hill, Sophia Shulte, Ava Woodside, Jane Rose, Raelyn Mellick, Emma Halbgewachs,
Standing Back: Ms. Ellen Weimer, Annabelle Nelson, Levi Whittaker, Alex Whittaker, Ava Driskell, Timothy Wolfe, and Ms. Rachal Lamp


West Platte FBLA Students See Legislature in Action

The Weston Chronicle

As the spring planting season approaches, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Deep Roots KC are offering virtual and in-person DIY Native Landscape Design classes on Saturday, March 2. The classes are hosted by MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City.
• The virtual class is offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required. To register, visit
•  The in-person class at the Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., is offered from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. To register, visit   
These classes will give attendees information about how to design native plant gardens, choosing the right plants for your garden’s setting and your goals, and where to obtain native plants from vendors. 
The classes will be a chance to ask questions and get tips from local experts from Deep Roots KC, City Roots, GardeNerd Consultation, Oak & iO, Sow Wild, and others. DIY Native Landscape Design classes are open to participants ages 18 and older.
More information about the Gorman Discovery Center, visit To learn more about using native plants in landscaping gardens, visit