Category Archives: rural schools

  • Coover Grants Award $125,500 to 13 Schools

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Commerce Trust Company awarded $100,500 in Coover grants for school-based projects including local ecology studies, visiting artists, history preservation, energy efficiency, and an on-campus store to teach job skills to special-needs students. The grants from the CFO’s Rural Schools Partnership were awarded at the recent Rural Schools Rendezvous […]

  • Sharing, Grants and Empowerment Mark 2012 Thomasville Rendezvous

    The Rural Schools Partnership and 100 of its closest friends spent Thursday, April 26 in Thomasville, Mo., where the tenants of place-based education were shared among educators, students and those with a passion for improving rural communities. The keynote speaker was Dr. Francisco Guajardo, Ph.D., Rural School and Community Trust Vice Chair and Associate Professor […]

  • Affiliate Board Members Learn and Share at Annual Conference

    More than 60 CFO affiliate presidents and board members attending today’s annual conference in Springfield were encouraged to think expansively about the leadership and resource development roles they can offer as anchors in their communities.

    They shared stories of successful collaborations fostered through listening to their communities and convening the right people to accomplish shared goals. Greater Seymour Community Foundation founder and board member Ron Geidd recalled how the affiliate led a Seymour 2026 long-range planning process that uncovered a serious concern among residents that the frequently used train tracks through the center of town cut off access to the fire department when trains rolled through. That led to construction of a second fire station on the other side of the tracks to allay those fears.

    A larger affiliate, the Joplin-based Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, used a recent grant cycle for tornado recovery to encourage a number of groups to collaborate on one application to fund much-needed affordable housing, and that coalition received CFSWMO’s largest grant ever of $1.5 million.

    CFO President Brian Fogle said it’s not easy work, nor does it promise quick results. But offering community foundations as “safe spaces” to convene multiple stakeholders on community issues will lead to more effective grantmaking, and produce stronger results to build new assets.

  • Info on 2012 Rural Schools Rendezvous in Thomasville, Mo.

    We’re gearing up for our third annual Rural Schools Rendezvous in Thomasville, Mo., where (among other highlights) we’ll announce the recipients of the 2012 Coover Place-Based Education Grants and introduce the new class of Ozarks Teacher Corps scholarship winners.

    This year’s Rendezvous is set for April 26, with keynote speaker Dr. Francisco J. Guajardo, Ph.D., Vice-Chair of the Rural Schools and Community Trust and Associate Professor at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.

    A full schedule of events–as well as directions to Thomasville, in Oregon County–are after the jump. RSVP’s requested by Friday, April 13. If you have a stake in place-based education, we hope to see you there.

  • Coover Place-Based Grant Applications Due Friday

    Just a reminder to all Ozarks-area educators that one of our biggest grant rounds of 2011 has its deadline this Friday, March 2, at 5 p.m. The Coover grantmaking program will provide $102,500 this year in grantmaking support for cooperative ventures that enhance teaching and learning through innovative place-based education programs. The eight to 15 […]

  • “Making a Difference” with Mission-Related Investments

    The new installment of “Making a Difference Where You Live” on Springfield public radio station KSMU features the CFO’s Mission-Related Investment initiative. The segment, which will air again at 4:30 p.m. today on 91.1 FM, profiles three of the projects in the two-year-old MRI initiative, which offers below-market loan rates for non-profit projects that serve […]

  • ABC World News Shines a Spotlight on Leeton

    A couple of weeks ago, the current class of Ozarks Teacher Corps members took a trip to Leeton, Missouri, to learn about the place-based projects that the school has implemented, partially with the help of some grants from the Rural Schools Partnership and CFO. Chief among those projects is the Bulldog Express, a student-run store […]

  • Ozarks Teacher Corps Heads to Leeton

    Members of the Ozarks Teacher Corps (2011 class pictured) will make the first of four quarterly road trips October 4, this time to Leeton, Missouri. Tomorrow (October 4) the 25 members of the Rural Schools Partnership’s nationally recognized Ozarks Teacher Corps will trek north to Leeton, Missouri to learn more about one of Missouri’s most […]

  • Chadwick Schools Putting Finishing Touches on Outdoor Classroom and Herb Garden

    There’s no denying that it has been a heat bomb of a summer in the Ozarks. The sweltering temperatures have made outdoor work miserable, and keeping living things alive has been something of a challenge.

    With that in mind, students in the Chadwick R-1 School District should be doubly impressed by the transformation that awaits them when the new school year begins August 22. And a number of community volunteers, students and school staff from the small, rural town in eastern Christian County have put in the sweat equity to make sure it gets done.

    With the help of a $19,989 Coover grant the Chadwick campus, instead of a hardscrabble space between school buildings, will now have a fully functional outdoor classroom and Ozark Mountain herb garden. With a little financial boost, students, volunteers and staffers from Lowe’s in nearby Ozark have turned a previously useless patch of gravel and grass into one of the most innovative classroom projects in southern Missouri.

    With the additional help of a $5,000 Heroes Grant from Lowe’s–which included materials, plants, furnishings and expert advice–multi-tiered levels of decks and sitting space have been erected where previously there was limestone chat and scrub brush. Umbrellas, a shade awning and multiple access points make the space comfortable and useful for all students.