Education fund receives $11,800 grant

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Grant to benefit R-4 students Democrat Photo The Cassville Education Fund has earned a $11,800 matching grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) through the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign challenge. The grant funds, which will be used for academic programs, will boost the education endowment fund total over $35,000. On Monday, Winter Skelton, CFO development operations officer, presented the grant to a large group that included: Cassville Skyler Dunfee, School District Educational Endowment Committee member; Landon Fletcher, Dennis Baker and Jerry Marple, Cassville Community Foundation Committee members; and R-4 administrators, staff members and students.

On Monday, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) awarded a $11,800 grant to the Cassville Education Fund, a permanent endowment for funding educational needs that exceed the Cassville R-4 School District's operating budget. Academic grants will be awarded yearly to Cassville educational programs from the income of the fund.

Over the last year, the Cassville Community Foundation raised $23,218 for the educational endowment fund and qualified for the matching grant funds through the Harry Cooper Supply Company Campaign. The matching grant boosted the Cassville Education Fund total to over $35,000.

"The challenge opportunity was a big factor in raising the money," said Landon Fletcher, president of the Cassville Community Foundation. "We're hoping to provide another source of revenue for teachers that have special projects, especially the ones who are full of bright ideas."

The Cassville Community Foundation and the Cassville School District raised monies for the educational endowment fund by hosting a poker run, a potato bake and a dress down day for teachers and by appealing to district alumni.

"We received a significant portion of this from our alumni," Fletcher said.

Fletcher hopes to further increase the endowment fund through additional alumni contributions.

CFO, which serves as the Cassville Community Foundation's umbrella organization, launched the Rural Schools Partnership in 2009. The Cassville Education Fund was established by the Cassville Community Foundation in December 2009 in response to a challenge from the Harry Cooper Supply Company to locally raise $20,000 in order to receive a $10,000 matching grant.

A total of 26 southern Missouri rural schools participated in the Harry Cooper challenge grant opportunity, which raised nearly $1 million.

The Cassville Education Fund was founded with a $2,000 donation from Lucille Johnston, a well-known Cassville business woman and former Cassville School Board member.

For more information on the fund or to donate, visit

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