Rural Schools Partnership Newsletter: January 4, 2010


Last Updated: January 04, 2010
 

 Rural Schools Partnership
www.ruralschoolspartnership.org
 
January 4, 2010
 
 
New Funds Established
 
Congratulations to the following organizations on the establishment of these new funds. Happy New Year to all!
 
Gainesville Academic Grant Fund. This organizational endowment fund has been established by the Gainesville R-5 School Foundation to support academic programs in the Gainesville school district. Bill Trivitt, president of the Gainesville R-5 School Foundation, is the main fund contact. This fund is a component fund of the Ozark County Community Foundation, and part of the Cooper II Challenge.
 
Cassville School District Educational Endowment Fund. This designated endowment fund was established by the Cassville Community Foundation to support academic programs in the Cassville school district as part of the Cooper Phase II Challenge. Mary Cupps is the main fund contact. This fund is a component fund of the Cassville Community Foundation.
 
Bolivar Care to Learn Endowment Fund. This organizational endowment fund has been established by the Bolivar R-1 School District with the purpose of meeting the emergent needs of Bolivar students through the Care to Learn program. This fund is part of the Cooper Phase II Challenge. Laura Boyd is the main fund contact. This fund is a component fund of the Bolivar Area Community Foundation.
 
Nixa Education Foundation Legacy Fund. This organizational endowment fund has been established by the Nixa Education Foundation to support academic programs at Nixa schools. This fund is part of the Cooper Phase II Challenge. Kathy Whitworth is the main fund contact. This fund is a component fund of the Nixa Community Foundation.
 
El Dorado Springs Academic Enhancement Fund. This organizational endowment fund has been established by the El Dorado Springs Community Foundation as part of the Cooper Phase II Challenge. This fund will support academic programs in El Dorado Springs. Kay Forest is the main contact. This fund is a component fund of the El Dorado Springs Community Foundation.
 
LREF School and Community Involvement Scholarship. This organizational endowment fund has been established by the Logan-Rogersville Educational Foundation, Inc. to support post graduate education of Logan-Rogersville students. This fund is part of the Cooper Phase II Challenge. Aaron Jernigan, president of Logan-Rogersville Educational Foundation, Inc., is the main fund contact. This is a regional fund.
 
Excellence in Reading Instruction Fund. This organizational endowment fund has been established by the Valle Schools Foundation, Inc. to support reading instruction in Valle schools. Cindy Loida, president of the Valle Schools Foundation, Inc., is the main fund contact. This is a regional fund, and part of the Cooper II Challenge.
 
 
Wellness Grants Deadline: January 15, 2010
 
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 www.ruralschoolspartnership.org/grants. 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
www.cfozarks.org