Hermann Couple Establishes Autism Fund for Gasconade County Schools

It’s common for grandparents to financially help their children and grandchildren when needs arise. Sam and Missy Frink of Hermann, Mo., are taking the help a step farther and establishing a fund that will help autistic children through the Gasconade County R-I School District, to be administered by the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area, Inc.

Sam and Missy Frink present a $10,000 gift to the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area at a recent luncheon. At right is Dr. Chris Neale, superintendent of Gasconade County R-1 Schools and chair of the CFHA board.

Sam and Missy have a grandchild, Wyatt, who resides in Texas and is autistic. He has very supportive parents and is in a good school district, so there isn’t much more they can do to help. So they decided to help locally. The Frinks are establishing Wyatt’s Fund, which is designated to support the Gasconade County R-1 School District. The fund will provide financial assistance for services for children with autism spectrum and/or sensory integration disorders.

In addition to the $10,000 gift to establish the fund, the Frinks have also put up a $5,000 1-to-1 matching grant for the fund, for a total of $20,000.

Gasconade County R-1 Superintendent Chris Neale, who is also Board Chair for the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area, Inc., told the local paper, the Advertiser-Courier, that the district is grateful for the Frinks’ thoughtful and very personal gift. You can read the Hermann Advertiser-Courier story here.

Sam Frink is a former Gasconade County School District board member, Missy is a former teacher, and Sam was also involved with the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area at its inception.

Wyatt’s Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area, Inc., an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

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