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Summer meal program
CPSF donated $25,000 to Columbia Public Schools (CPS) to support the district’s efforts to continue to provide meals to students throughout the summer. The donation will provide funding for breakfast and lunch in daily meal kits, and will help with the bus transportation for meal delivery and also offset any unreimbursed food costs. The Foundation’s donation is part of a partnership with the CoMoHELPS COVID-19 Fund, which is a collaborative effort of Boone County, the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, the City of Columbia, the Heart of Missouri United Way, and the Veterans United Foundation. In total, $120,000 will be donated to CPS for the summer meal program, which includes $25,000 from CPSF, $75,000 from the Heart of Missouri United Way, $15,000 from the other organizations in the CoMoHELPS fund, and $5,000 from the Anderson Family Charitable Foundation.
Online summer school for high school students during COVID-19 pandemic
Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Foundation, an additional 325 CPS high school students participated in online summer school courses beginning in May, which is an extra session a month earlier than usual. The donation allowed the district to provide the online courses while the school year in still considered in session by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students can take courses in personal finance, health and physical education. The Foundation provided the funds to CPS to help during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Black History 101 Mobile Museum
The Black History 101 Mobile Museum visited each CPS middle and high school for a day throughout a two week period. Founded by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum is an award-winning collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. The grant allows students to examine primary sources firsthand and includes teacher training on how to utilize and teach about these resources. The grant will culminate in a CPS 7th grade trip to the African American Heritage Trail and educational experience.