Gladstone, Missouri is located in Clay County and has a population of 25,410. The students of Gladstone are served by the award winning North Kansas City School District. The North Kansas City School District is known for its neighborhood schools and sense of community. The North Kansas City School District has earned the state’s prestigious “Distinction in Performance” award for high achievement several years and is fully accredited by the state of Missouri. The district was the first school system in Missouri to meet the North Central Association’s Commission on Accreditation rigorous district wide quality standards. The Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places is located in Gladstone. The farm sits on 22 acres and is one of the oldest continuously lived in homes in Clay County. It features original barns, outbuildings and a historic cemetery and offers visitors fascinating exhibits on farming and life on the frontier.
Springtime in Kansas City is always a favorite, even more so this year after the winter we have had. Already Bradford Pears with their white flowers line streets everywhere. Forsythia's yellow blooms brighten even cloudy days. Red Buds, a Midwest popular, are just starting to show their glory, too. My peonies, have burst through the hard ground and the tulips are budding. The rain and snow yesterday beat my beautiful magnolia tree already blooming, but I see new buds still hanging on. Hopeful that snow is a thing of the past for several months to come and the brown sadness of earth is being replaced by beautiful shades of green and multiple colors in the flowers as NEW LIFE starts once more.