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Boone County Nature School
CPSF funded $100,00 for the Boone County Nature School, the largest single donation in its 25-year history. The Foundation’s funds will be used for furniture and equipment for the classrooms and lab space at the new nature school. A native Missouri dogwood tree was also dedicated as part of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration. The Boone County Nature School is a partnership between CPS and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The school’s goal is to give students from all Boone County schools the opportunity to engage in place-based learning.
$2,500 to each CPS school to celebrate 25 years
CPSF celebrated its 25th anniversary by awarding each Columbia Public School (CPS) with a $2,500 grant. The Foundation visited all CPS elementary, middle and high school buildings throughout the month of April to award the funds. The funds come directly from the Kay McLeod donation, a $1 million donation from the estate of Kay McLeod. McLeod was a lifelong public school teacher who began her career with the Columbia Public Schools. Funds are to be used in keeping with the Foundation’s mission to enhance and enrich public education.
100,000 Masks for Students
CPSF donated $14,000 to support the purchase of child-sized disposable masks for students at Columbia Public Schools (CPS). The donation allowed the district to purchase 100,000 child-size masks for students. The masks were distributed to CPS buildings by the district.
Flu shot clinics
CPSF worked to keep our students and community healthy by providing a $14,250 grant to the Columbia Public Schools to provide free flu shot vaccines to CPS students. During October, flu vaccines were available free of charge to all students in grades pre-k through 12. Students and families were notified by their home school when the vaccination clinics would take place.
Kits for Kids
CPSF donated $70,000 as part of its Kits for Kids campaign to provide school supplies for elementary students at CPS. In 2020, because of the pandemic, each elementary family was responsible for purchasing a pre-packaged school supply kit for their students. For some families, this price was out of reach. The Foundation pledged $25,000 and asked donors to raise an additional $25,000 to offset the cost. In total, the Foundation raised $45,000 from donors and sponsors.
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 during the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation provided funding for breakfast and lunch in daily meal kits, and helped with the bus transportation for meal delivery and also offset any unreimbursed food costs. The Foundation’s donation was 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 was donated to CPS for the summer meal program, which included $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 2020, which was an extra session a month earlier than usual. The donation allowed the district to provide the online courses while the school year was still considered in session by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students could 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.
The $8,500 grant from the Foundation provided computer equipment necessary to establish the E-Gaming Club room at Hickman. E-gaming is growing across the country. Hickman currently has two clubs, with two teams for each game, League of Legends and Overwatch.
Authors in Schools
Students from all six CPS middle schools were bused to the Missouri Theater to hear Jacqueline Woodson speak on April 19, 2019, as part of the Unbound Book Festival. The grant provided Woodson’s books for all the middle schools as well as transportation for students to the festival.