Cooper Challenge Grants Presented in Fair Grove, Buffalo, Warsaw

Before the winter storms hit last week, CFO staff traveled to three more school districts to make presentations for the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign for the Ozarks Phase II challenge grants.

In Fair Grove, school leaders and members of Lisa Buckner’s family were on hand to receive a ceremonial check for $5,000 for the Lisa Buckner Educational Endowment Fund in honor of the late volunteer, substitute teacher, and Girl Scout leader. Fair Grove raised $10,050 for a total of $15,050 for the academic endowment to provide scholarships for Fair Grove students.

The next stop was Buffalo, where a group including Melba Shewmaker accepted a ceremonial check for $10,000 for the Shewmaker Performing Arts Center Technology Enhancement Fund named for Melba and her late husband, Jack. With a $1,000 bonus and $20,000 raised through the Dallas County Community Foundation and Dallas County public schools, a total of $31,000 is designated for the Shewmaker Performing Arts Center educational endowment, which will be used for basic maintenance and technology improvements at the Shewmaker Center.

The Warsaw Education Academic Fund received a $3,500 Cooper grant to match $7,190 raised by the Benton County Community Foundation and the Warsaw Education Foundation. The total of $10,690 will be used for the academic endowment fund.

Warsaw, Dallas County and Fair Grove were among 26 southern Missouri rural schools to participate in the year-long challenge grant opportunity, which raised nearly $1 million from generous donors and the Harry Cooper Supply Company to build long-term sustainability for these districts. The other districts include: Alton, Aurora, Ava, Bolivar, Bradleyville, Cassville, Dora, Eminence, Fairview, Gainesville, Hermann, Hollister, Houston, Lockwood, Logan-Rogersville, Monett, Nixa, Reeds Spring, Seymour, Valle, Weaubleau, West Plains and Willard.