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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?


George Melcher Elementary opened its doors in 1962 originally as a kindergarten through seventh grade school. In 1976, the school was changed to a school with kindergarten, fifth and sixth grades. In 1988, it became a foreign language magnet offering Spanish, French and German to fourth and fifth grade students. Currently, Melcher is a K-6 school with three exceptional education classrooms, five support classes and three auxiliary staff members.

Melcher Elementary is named after George Melcher, who was the Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent from 1928 to 1940. Mr. Melcher started the Dadeville Academy in Dade County, MO; later, he organized a high school in nearby Everton, MO. After serving as a state of Missouri education official, he became superintendent of the Kansas City school system, for which he became nationally known.

students of melcher in the melcher library