Student Conservation Grant deadline is Nov. 7

Just a reminder to teachers and Youth Empowerment Project members across our area: Applications for 2014 YEP Student Conservation Grants are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 (that’s a week from this posting).

Up to $10,000  is available for student-led conservation projects. The Student Conservation grants are funded through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Rural Schools Conservation Fund and the Rural Schools Conservation Fund. All grants will be awarded through Youth Empowerment Project chapters. Please speak with your district’s YEP sponsor, or call Bridget Dierks at (417) 864-6199, for more information.

Ready to apply? You can find the online application here.

 

Reeds Spring’s Jim Holt highlighted as OPTV “American Graduate Champion”

Jim Holt, the retired administrator for Reeds Spring Public Schools and current president of the Reeds Spring Educaiton Foundation, is the subject of Ozarks Public Television’s latest American Graduate Champions segment.

Holt is the driving force behind the foundation, which holds an annual “Reeds Spring Pack Night” at Branson’s Dixie Stampede dinner theater. The event raises money for scholarships for Reeds Spring seniors. The 2014 event raised more than $38,000, and has increased each year.

Holt is also the president of the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation, a CFO affiliate serving Stone County.

Gov. Jay Nixon visits Chadwick to award a Smart Start early-childhood grant

The CFO's Julie Leeth speaks at Gov. Jay Nixon's announcement that Chadwick schools won a Missouri Smart Start grant for an early-childhood center. At right is Jacklyn Aldrich, the special education director who wrote the grant.

The CFO’s Julie Leeth speaks at Gov. Jay Nixon’s announcement that Chadwick schools won a Missouri Smart Start grant for an early-childhood center. At right is Jacklyn Aldrich, the special education director who wrote the grant.

The CFO’s Julie Leeth speaks at Gov. Jay Nixon’s announcement that Chadwick schools won a Missouri Smart Start grant for an early-childhood center. At right is Jacklyn Aldrich, the special education director who wrote the grant.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited Chadwick schools today to announce the district won a competitive grant of $937,500 to build an early-childhood education center through the Missouri Smart Start program.

The CFO was invited to participate in the announcement because the CFO will receive the grant on behalf of the school district, which will build a 5,000-square-foot facility to house three classrooms for three-year-olds, four-year-olds and pre-K special education students.

“You are taking meaningful steps to give your children the best possible start,” Gov. Nixon told the assembled educators, parents and local leaders in the eastern Christian County district, which has about 200 students. “It’s clear there is a focus on education here.”

He cited the growing body of evidence that children’s brain development and the long-term success in school are determined before they ever reach kindergarten. An emphasis on quality early-childhood education increases the likelihood for success on both cognitive and socio-emotional levels. Read the rest of this entry »