Rural Schools Partnership Newsletter: January 25, 2010

Last Updated: January 25, 2010

 Rural Schools Partnership
January 25, 2010
Regional Arts Event Offered on February 27th
The Rural Schools Partnership offers an arts' outreach effort in collaboration with the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC).
We would like to invite you to join us at noon for lunch at the SRAC's next regional meeting on Saturday, February 27th in Springfield, Missouri at the Creamery Arts Center (411 E. Sherman Parkway, next to the Springfield Cardinals stadium). This luncheon will include the premier of new Vincent Van G.O.A.T. DVD featuring five new artists from the Ozarks' area, as well as a copy of the DVD for your school art library. Vincent Van G.O.A.T. is a colorful goat sculpture partnered with an interactive computer program that features film clips of Ozarks' artists. Vincent is geared toward elementary-aged students, who are invited to climb on his back and learn about Ozarks' art forms through kid-friendly computer software.
The exhibit is transported to a school or library by the SRAC and can stay on-site for up to one week. Vincent will be available for booking in all regional schools or community centers in Southwest Missouri in Spring 2010. Lunch and the new DVD are provided in thanks to the Kirby Foundation.
We hope you will join us to view the new DVD, meet Vincent, and network and learn with area arts' teachers and leaders. In addition, there are a number of other arts-related opportunities you will want to know about.
Please RSVP to Randy Russell at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks at 417-864-6199 or .
For more information on the Rural Schools Partnership please visit
New Fund
McAuley High School Youth Empowerment Fund — This capacity building fund will support the McAuley High School's YEP effort to raise money to grant back to youth-driven philanthropic activities in the Joplin area. It is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc. and sponsor Jane Fethers is the main contact.
McAuley is the 25th Youth Empowerment Project! For more information on how your school or community can establish a Youth Empowerment program, please contact Bridget Dierks Bridget Dierks () or go to and click on the YEP icon.
Wellness Grants Deadline Changed to January 29, 2010
Due to the inclement weather and subsequent school closings, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has moved the Wellness Grants deadline back to January 29, 2010. Thanks to the generosity of the Ed and Virginia Herr Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks through its Rural Schools Partnership is 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
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