Prairie Branch Elementary is not named after anyone specific, but the students were able to vote on the mascot of “Mustangs” when the building opened.

Where: 2100 Dillingham in Grain Valley.

Principal: James Pinney.

Opened: 2005.

Population: 515 students and 58 certified teachers.

History: The building is not named after anyone specific, but the students were able to vote on the mascot of “Mustangs” when the building opened. Prairie Branch received its name from community and staff input.



What’s happening:

Pinney said multiple fundraisers the past few years that have raised tens of thousands of dollars. This money, he said, has been utilized to help buy more than 40 laptops for student use; interactive boards for classrooms; digital cameras; digital video recorders and mp3 players for reading, writing and podcasts. Student achievement is celebrated daily. Student work is displayed as part of the entry in the school’s office.

Parents, students and staff have also donated thousands of dollars, cans of food and articles of clothing over the years to the Grain Valley Assistance Council and to multiple other charities.



What makes the school special?

“Prairie Branch is unique due to the overwhelming sense of community. We have great kids that are excited to learn and challenge us daily to keep pushing them to higher standards. We have supportive parents that help us with extra projects, positive words and attendance at our events. We have an awesome staff that is open and excited to discover new programs and ways of learning. They challenge each other to do their best and are always looking for ways that our students can receive a better education. Our students, parents and staff will not accept average, and we are constantly reflecting and evolving to provide our students the best learning environment for their future success.” – Pinney



“Prairie Branch is a special place where kids can be successful. Together we are achieving amazing things. We are working to build a generation of responsible and kind citizens that can make our city a better place.” – Stacy Brown, fifth grade teacher