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Left to right: Renee Carr, RSC board member; Dave Ardrey, RSC chairman; Lavina Grandon, RSC board member; Zachary Hammy, Ava High School teacher; Carol Silvey and Julie Leeth, RSC board members; and Gary Funk, RSC director.

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Ava, Missouri High School Teacher Receives Funding for Student Film Project

November 02, 2015

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CONTACT: Gary Funk, director, 417-848-9083; gfunk@ruralschoolscollaborative.org

November 2, 2015

Ava, MO High School Teacher Receives Grant from the Rural Schools Collaborative in conjunction with Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC) recognized an Ava, MO High School teacher for receiving a grant through RSC’s inaugural Grants in Place program. Funds for the grant award were provided in part by the Missouri-based Community Foundation of the Ozarks and individual donors.

Ava High School students and their teacher, Zachary Hamby, were awarded $1,500 to create a student film festival focusing on local history and folklore. This project is in conjunction with Mountain Grove High School. Students will research an Ozarks-related topic and produce short films on their respective topics. You can get a real sense of Zak's project in the short film featured below:

The grant award presentation was made during the Ozarks Teacher Corps fall meeting, which was held at the Missouri State University-Mountain Grove campus on October 29th. The Ozarks Teacher Corps is a program of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Rural Schools Partnership, and the Rural Schools Collaborative assisted with facilitating the meeting. Mr. Hamby also presented his project to the Ozarks Teacher Corps members.

The Rural Schools Collaborative was organized in 2014 and launched in April 2015. RSC believes that community-based instruction, thoughtful collaboration, and targeted philanthropy strengthen the fabric of rural places. Its Grants in Place program is funding 35 innovative projects in seven states.

The organization is currently engaged in eight states with an administrative office in Cambridge, Wisconsin.

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