Validity Screening Solution’s CEO, Darren Dupriest, Sponsors “Night at the Museum” at The Museum at Prairiefire

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President and CEO, Darren Dupriest, sponsors "Night at the Museum" at The Museum at Prairiefire.

In September, Validity Screening Solution’s President and CEO, Darren Dupriest, sponsored “Night at the Museum” at The Museum at Prairiefire. The Museum at Prairiefire’s vision to increase education and give children the opportunity to learn is a vision Darren wanted to be a part of and this event is an opportunity for the museum to showcase that vision.

The Museum at Prairiefire’s vision to educate and create opportunity starts with their program The Kansas City Urban Advantage. The Kansas City Urban Advantage is a program that sponsors 8 schools in the Kansas City area and creates the opportunity for children to come to the museum and engage with the exhibits. The program pays for the kids’ bussing, food, and creates a full day where they’re not just learning, but having fun doing so. The experience doesn’t just stop at the museum. After their day of fun, the teachers are given materials to create a curriculum for the children. The teachers take the materials and continue to educate the children long after their day of fun at the museum has ended.

Darren is a strong supporter of education and believes that if you give children the opportunity to learn and to grow, there’s no telling what they’re capable of. “Kids are like clay, they can be molded into anything, but they have to be molded into something positive. If not then the clay will just melt and go wherever it flows”, said Darren Dupriest.

Through The Kansas City Urban Advantage The Museum at Prairiefire is creating experiences for children. They’re giving them the opportunity to learn, grow, and a chance to be great. The schools and the teachers provide that opportunity every day, but getting behind an institution that helps to progress this is a passion President and CEO Darren Dupriest will always have.    

About Darren Dupriest
Darren Dupriest is the President & CEO of Validity Screening Solutions. After a stint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he joined a private Kansas City – based company for which he created a Background Screening Division. With the support of his wife, Noreen Dupriest, he acquired the business unit in 2004 and rebranded it as Validity Screening Solutions. While all of his success is impressive, they don’t come close to his top accomplishment which is his wife and four boys. Darren’s true passions are his wife and children’s passions, but the biggest aspect of his kid’s life that Darren ensured to be a part of was his children’s education. He wanted to make a change and be involved in the education of the children in his entire community, which led him to become an education board member for the Blue Valley School District. While being an education board member Darren was able to be involved in many programs and activities to help improve the Blue Valley School District and by being on the educational board Darren was able to learn about the Museum at Prairiefire. Through his involvement with the museum Darren’s passion for increasing education is on the cusp of reaching far more than just his community.    

About The Museum at Prairiefire
The Museum at Prairiefire was founded in 2008 by Fred and Candy Merril and opened in Overland Park, KS in 2014 through a partnership with the world renowned American Museum of Natural History. Until recently, the American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869 in New York, had not collaborated to this degree with another museum in the world. Because of this unique association, the Museum at Prairiefire has premiere access to the American Museum of Natural History’s timely and scientifically accurate exhibitions, phenomenal educational resources and some of the best scientist in the world. The museum is truly a special place, but the exhibits and premiere access to the American Museum of Natural History isn’t the only thing that makes the museum so special, rather the vision that the founders have for the museum. Founders, Fred and Candy Merril’s vision for The Museum at Prairiefire is so much bigger than just an attraction or something to do on a Saturday afternoon. Their vision is to create opportunities for children and adults to come to their museum to learn and gain from their experiences. Fred and Candy chose the location of the museum so that it’s near suburbs and different school districts for children to have the opportunity to go to the museum to learn and experience all that there is to offer. For any questions about Museum Prairiefire, Kansas City Urban Advantage, or if you have a passion for education and would like to get involved please email Terri Thompson at terri(at)museumatpf(dot)org

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