Rural Schools Partnership Newsletter: December 14, 2009

Last Updated: December 14, 2009

 Rural Schools Partnership
December 14, 2009
Congratulations to Cooper Phase II Participants
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Rural Schools Partnership congratulates the 25 participants selected for the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks Phase II Challenge Grant program. All participants will have one year to raise $20,000 for an academic-oriented endowment fund. Cooper Phase II will provide a $10,000 matching grant for each successful fund raising effort. The participants are as follows, with an asterisk representing a newly established fund:
  • Alton R-IV Public Schools Foundation—Alton Schools Academic Fund *
  • Aurora R-VIII & Aurora Community Foundation—Aurora Schools' Endowment Fund *
  • Bolivar R-I—Care to Learn, Bolivar Fund *
  • Bradleyville Schools—Fund for Bradleyville Schools
  • Cassville Community Foundation—Cassville School District Educational Endowment *
  • Dallas County Community Foundation & Dallas County R-I—Shewmaker Arts Center Technology Enhancement Fund *
  • Dora R-3 School Foundation—Dora R-3 School Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Douglas County Community Foundation—Ava Alumni Scholarship Fund
  • El Dorado Springs Community Foundation—El Dorado Academic Enhancement Fund *
  • The Foundation for Fair Grove Public Schools—Fair Grove Foundation Granting Dreams Fund *
  • FairView R-XI—FairView R-XI School Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Gainesville R-V School Foundation—Gainesville Academic Grant Fund *
  • Gasconade Co. R-I & Community Foundation of Hermann Area, Inc.—Community Foundation Dual Credit Scholarship Fund *
  • Hollister R-V—Hollister Schools Foundation Fund *
  • Houston Education Foundation & Houston Community Foundation—Houston R-I Educational Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Lockwood R-I—Lockwood Community Foundation Academic Fund *
  • Logan-Rogersville Educational Foundation—LREF School & Community Involvement Scholarship Fund *
  • Monett R-I & Monett Area Community Foundation—CUB Fund *
  • Nixa Education Foundation & Nixa Community Foundation—Nixa Education Foundation Legacy Fund *
  • Richards R-V School District—Richards R-V School Foundation Endowment Fund *
  • Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation—Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • The Greater Seymour Area Foundation—The Jackie Dale Blankenship Scholarship Fund
  • Valle Schools Foundation—Excellence in Reading Instruction Fund *
  • Warsaw Education Foundation & Benton County Community Foundation—Warsaw Education Endowment Fund
  • Willard R-II Schools & Willard Children's Charitable Foundation—Willard Educational Endowment Fund *
Congratulations to the Taney County Community Foundation on the establishment of the Charles and Helen Winston Scholarship Fund for students who graduate from Branson and Hollister high schools. This $140,000 scholarship fund came via bequest, and it exemplifies the power of planned giving. One of the real values of collaboration between schools, school foundations, and community foundations is the opportunity to initiate dialogue on the importance of planned giving to rural communities. Please contact our office if you would like to discuss how to promote this important topic in your community.
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-based 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