Rural Schools Partnership Newsletter: March 15, 2010


Last Updated: March 15, 2010
 

 Rural Schools Partnership
www.ruralschoolspartnership.org
 
March 15, 2010

Place-Based Education Grants Webinar Slated for Thursday, March 18th, @ 10:00 A.M.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks will present a webinar on its upcoming Place-Based Education grants program on Thursday, March 18th, at 10:00 a.m. We strongly encourage you to participate in this webinar if you or your colleagues are planning on applying for one of these grant awards. This will be a Q&A session, and we will present our expectations for this new grants program. For instructions on how to access the webinar, please go to the following link: www.cfozarks.org/essential-questions-series/essential-questions-series-participation-instructions/.

For more information on registration, please contact Bridget Dierks at 417-864-6199 or .

Thanks to Commerce Trust for their support of this effort to promote exemplary community-based instruction in the rural Ozarks.

Mark Your Calendar: The Thomasville Rendezvous Will Be Held On May 6th And May 7th

You will want to attend the inaugural Thomasville Rendezvous on Thursday, May 6th, with a wrap-up breakfast on May 7th for those who want to stay over in beautiful Oregon County. There will be more information on this in the near future, but for those with a sincere interest in rural education issues, this will be a wonderful learning and sharing opportunity. For RSP members who are in the Rural Schools Innovation Network, there is no charge to attend. For all others, the registration fee is only $10, and this includes lunch!

Place-based education grant winners and the first class of Ozarks Teacher Corps students will be recognized at this event! Please contact Gary Funk (), Julie Leeth (), or Carol Silvey () if you have any questions about this first-of-its-kind conference.

 
New Funds and Partners

Please take time to read over this outstanding list of new funds and partners! These exciting new efforts provide further evidence of the potential to develop school/community-based assets.

Reeds Spring R-IV School Foundation Fund: This organizational capacity building fund has been established by the Reed Springs R-IV School Foundation to support the Reeds Spring school district. Foundation chairman Jim Holt is the main fund contact. This fund makes Reeds Spring a new agency partner and a new Rural Schools Partnership partner. This fund is a component fund of the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation.

Reeds Spring R-IV School Foundation Endowment Fund: This organizational endowment fund has been established by the Reed Springs R-IV School Foundation to support the Reeds Spring school district. Foundation chairman Jim Holt is the main fund contact. This fund is a component fund of the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation.

Norwood Youth Empowerment Fund: This field of interest capacity building fund will support the philanthropic activities of the Norwood Youth Empowerment Project in the Norwood area. It is a regional fund, and sponsor Jason Duey is the main contact. The fund received a $500 start-up grant from CFO’s Philanthropy Initiative.

Carl Junction Educational Foundation Endowment Fund: The Carl Junction Educational Foundation established this organizational endowment fund to support projects at the Carl Junction School District. Jerry Botts, President, is the main fund contact. This fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc.

Carl Junction Educational Foundation Fund: The Carl Junction Educational Foundation established this organizational capacity building fund to support projects at the Carl Junction School District. Jerry Botts, President, is the main fund contact. This fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc.

Seymour Youth Gardening Project Fund: Ozarks Family YMCA's Seymour branch and the Fordland Clinic established this designated capacity building fund to support a youth gardening project in Seymour as part of the Roots for Route 60 gardening project. Christina Crawford, Seymour Youth Gardening coordinator, and Becki Knobloch, director of the Route 60 project, are the main contacts. This fund is a component fund of the Greater Seymour Area Foundation. This fund was established with $7,500 from the “Roots” grant project.

Silent Servant Scholarship Fund: This endowed scholarship fund has been established by an anonymous donor to support an annual scholarship for Republic High School graduates. It has been established with $20,000, and the first scholarship from this fund will be awarded in the 2010-2011 school year. This is a component fund of the Republic Community Foundation.

Scott R. Shoemaker Memorial Scholarship Fund (SHOEMA: This endowed scholarship fund has been established by Kathy Shoemaker and Sarah Shoemaker in memory of Scott R. Shoemaker to support a scholarship to be awarded to Clinton High School graduates. The scholarship award shall be based on scholarship, citizenship, and financial need. This scholarship was established with $21,385 from over 200 individuals and families. Kathy Shoemaker is the main fund contact. This fund is a component fund of the Truman Lake Community Foundation.

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