Rural Schools Partnership Newsletter: November 23, 2009

Last Updated: November 21, 2009

 Rural Schools Partnership
November 23, 2009
Cooper Challenge Grant Deadline Is December 1st
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks Phase II challenge grants application deadline is December 1, 2009. These grants are available only to members of the Rural Schools Partnership or CFO affiliates. Preference will be given to CFO affiliates applying jointly with school districts or school foundations. However, if a member school district or school foundation resides in a region, town, or county that does not have an affiliated community foundation, their application will be considered without prejudice.
This challenge grant program features a $10,000 match for $20,000 raised locally. Restrictions are that the match is for endowment funds that have an academic purpose. We currently anticipate accepting 25 participants. Selected groups will have one year to raise $20,000 for their respective endowment funds, beginning January 1, 2010. The application process is relatively simple — please go to, or contact Julie Leeth for more information: 417-864-6199.
Congratulations to the Mountain Grove Area Community Foundation and Mountain Grove R-III for receiving an additional $15,000 for the Barker-Shannon Scholarship Fund. This outstanding scholarship program was made possible by a bequest, and it illustrates the importance of planned giving to rural communities and rural schools.
Wellness Grants Around the Corner
Thanks to the generosity of the Ed and Virginia Herr Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its Rural Schools Partnership will be offering a competitive grant program for student-centered community or school wellness programs. There will be $10,000 available, and we anticipate awarding between 8–12 projects. Requests in the range of $500 and $1,500 will be considered. For more information go to The application deadline is January 15, 2010.
60-Second Challenge YouTube Videos Due February 15th
Is your YEP or RSP student-grant award recipient group ready to create a 60 second video on one of their projects? Please have your students read below for the details:
What can you accomplish in 60 seconds?
Cook an egg? Mundane. Run a 440? In your dreams. Send a text message? Aren't you the rocket scientist. Help change the world? Well, why not!
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its Youth Empowerment Project of the Ozarks are pleased to announce the 60 Second Challenge. The Challenge is a contest to see which organization can create the best YouTube film that portrays, describes, or highlights its work or project. The trick: videos cannot exceed one minute in length. The 60 Second Challenge can be created from two organizations: YEP organizations can make a video about projects that are currently underway, and groups that receive project funding from the Rural School Partnership's Conco Community Arts grants, student conservation grants, or student wellness grants can present on their grant projects.
Imagination and originality are encouraged. In fact, see if you are intellectually capable of transcending mere Facebook posturing. Action films, dramatic reenactments, poetry slams, breaking into spontaneous song, dressing up like Visigoths, and even interpretive dance are all welcome. Entries will be judged on their entertainment, creative, and informational merits.
Why would you do this (besides being part of a generation that enjoys looking at one another on a computer screen)? Well, you can win a hefty amount of cash for your YEP group or organization. The grand prize will be $2,500, second prize is $1,000, and three $500 third prizes will be awarded. Also, the 60 Second Challenge will be judged by your peers, members of Springfield's YEP board (who are not eligible to participate — thanks to the O'Reilly's, they have enough stinkin' moolah!). The entry deadline is February 15, 2010.
Of course, this is about more than money or prizes. All suitable entries will be featured on a 60 Second Challenge web page, and our hope is that this wacky contest will become a forum for sharing the good and important work of high school students from across the region.
Okay. Get after it, Tarentino. We dare you!
Entry procedures
1. Notify Bridget Dierks () in writing that you are entering the contest. This notification should include organization, name of film, and primary contact. Letters of notification must be received by February 15th, 2010.
2. Make sure that your video does not exceed 60 seconds in length — any film longer than 60 seconds will be disqualified. There will be no exceptions.
3. Post your video on YouTube and send us the link. We will take it from there.
The Purpose of This Newsletter
The Rural Schools Partnership Weekly Newsletter represents our Foundation’s commitment to keeping you informed about this important new initiative. If you know of others who should receive the newsletter, please drop a note to Gary Funk, President and C.E.O., Community Foundation of the Ozarks, at
Gary Funk | President and C.E.O.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
425 E. Trafficway
Springfield, MO 65806