Metro KC Climate Action Coalition founders, Rosehill Elementary teachers receive 2019 Making Democracy Work Award

Metro KC Climate Action Coalition
Shawnee Councilmember Lindsey Constance (left) and Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly received the 2019 Making Democracy Work Award. The award is presented by the League of Women Voters of Johnson County. Photo courtesy of League of Women Voters of Johnson County

The League of Women Voters of Johnson County honored two Shawnee Mission area elected leaders and three third-grade teachers at Rosehill Elementary School for their efforts to “make democracy work.”

Mike Kelly, mayor of Roeland Park, and Lindsey Constance, a Shawnee councilmember, received the honor for creating the Metro KC Climate Action Coalition to coordinate action across the Kansas City metro to address the impact of climate change and improve the area’s climate resiliency.

The Metro KC Climate Action Coalition includes elected officials from several area municipalities and 14 partner organizations.

Rosehill Elementary teachers Meghan Spalding, Lauren Langhofer and Rachel Serna also received the 2019 Making Democracy Work Award.

The three teachers who received the award this year include Meghan Spalding, Lauren Langhofer and Rachel Serna, who created curriculum for their third-grade students at Rosehill Elementary School to foster civic engagement.

Through the coursework, their students learn how local government works and about the kinds of problems it faces. The students discuss what makes a good citizen and ways to make their community better.

Created in 2008 by the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, the Making Democracy Work award celebrates people who demonstrate committed, visionary leadership that strengthens democracy. Recipients’ work must be nonpartisan, informative and replicable.