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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?


Garfield Elementary has a very diverse community with students from more than 15 countries. Garfield focuses on the advantages of positive behavior through the Missouri Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) initiative.


Solid white or navy blue short or long-sleeved shirt (must have a collar or turtleneck). Tan (khaki) or navy blue pants, skirt, jumper, or shorts. No denim is allowed.

School Hours:
8:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.


School Activities & Programs:
Lead to Read
Literacy Lab
Missouri PBIS
National Elem. Honor Society
One-to-One School
School Garden
Truman Health

436 Prospect Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64124
(816) 418-3600

Students of Garfield National Honor Society