Jim Holt, Sophia Greenwalt the subjects of latest “Stories of Hope and Help” segment

Julie presents award to Sophia Greenwalt WEBRSP superstars Jim Holt and Sophia Greenwalt are the subjects of the latest installment of Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, a partnership between the CFO and KSMU.

Holt is the president of the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation and former president of the Reeds Spring R-IV School Foundation. Greenwalt is a Reeds Spring High School junior who, in addition to battling leukemia for the last two years, established the Helping Hats program which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local and regional efforts.

You can listen to the story, and past installments of Making a Difference, here.

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Teacher Corps member helps Nixa school’s greenhouse flourish

Sometimes a plan comes together so perfectly, you think it must have been meticulously mapped Check closeand executed. Other times, all it takes is one educator and one e-mail. And that’s how several of the Rural Schools Partnership’s key initiatives converged early in the fall 2015 semester at Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD), a technology-centered elementary building in the Nixa R-II Public School District.

Hannah Ramsey, a senior at Missouri State University and a member of the 2014 class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps, is a teaching apprentice (not a student teacher, but more on that later) to sixth-grade teacher Tracy Harris. Since last spring, the sixth-grade classes of Harris, Chris Holmes and Ryan Mahn have been working to establish a school greenhouse. The setup already includes a greenhouse tent with cinderblock walls, raised beds with tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, basil and mums, and rain barrels that collect runoff from the building’s roof.

The goal is to establish a farmers market at the school and provide fresh produce to the cafeteria. Educationally, the project is just one example of a school-wide effort to make science a visceral, hands-on experience. In another example, sixth-grade classes make and sell their own lip balms when studying mixtures and solutions.

Funded largely by grants, the greenhouse has been a hit at the school and with students in its first six months, but with winter approaching, sustainability became an issue. That’s where Hannah comes in. Read the rest of this entry »

Students, educator share stories of 2015 GLADE camp

Digging Cane WEBOne of the more exciting student-immersion programs in the Ozarks is GLADE, sponsored by the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, which takes ecology-minded high schoolers out into the hills of Taney County to work, study and play for a week each summer.

One of the leaders and founders of GLADE, Dr. Janice Greene from Missouri State University, and some students who attended the 2015 GLADE camp, recently shared their stories with KSMU.

Background from the story, which you can listen to online here:

Each summer, Missouri State University and the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society host the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems or (GLADE) program at Bull Shoals Field Station.

This June, 15 conservation-oriented high school students participated in this week-long residential summer camp.

The mission of GLADE is to provide students with the knowledge and skills for the care of Ozarks ecosystems, restore critical habitat for endangered species in Missouri, develop informed community leaders and inspire students to develop environmental projects in their own communities.

(Pictured: GLADE students re-plant native river cane in June 2014)