Bolivar R-1 Schools received $10,000 in matching funds after raising $20,000 to create a Care to Learn Endowment Fund as part of the second phase of the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks Challenge.
Intermediate School Principal Laura Boyd said the Care to Learn program, which addresses health, hunger and hygiene needs for schoolchildren, has gotten off to a successful start in its first year of serving about 100 third- through fifth-grade students.
One of the main components of the Bolivar program is a backpack snack program, which provides healthy foods for 50 kids who have the backpacks filled 10 times a year.
Bolivar, one of 25 members of the Rural Schools Partnership participating in the Cooper Phase II Challenge, is the third school district to receive the $10,000 matching grant. This challenge, which concludes at the end of the year, is intended to help RSP partners build educational endowment funds.