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Bobbi Grandon, Bruno-Pyatt first grade teacher, receives her Grants in Place award poster from Gary Funk, director of the Rural Schools Collaborative.

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Bruno-Pyatt (Arkansas) Elementary School Teacher Recognized for Grants in Place Award

November 02, 2015

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RURAL SCHOOLS COLLABORATIVE/ www.ruralschoolscollaborative.org

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

November 2, 2015

Bruno-Pyatt Elementary School Teacher Receives Grant from the Rural Schools Collaborative and Rural Community Alliance

The Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC) and the Rural Community Alliance (RCA) recognized a Bruno-Pyatt Elementary School teacher for receiving grants through RSC’s inaugural Grants in Place program. Funds for the grant award were provided in part by the Arkansas-based Rural Community Alliance and individual donors.

Bruno-Pyatt Elementary School first graders and their teacher, Bobbi Grandon, in partnership with Crooked Creek Conservation, were awarded $600 for a project to teach first grade students about creek ecology and conservation. Gary Funk, RSC director, visited Everton on October 28th to make the presentation at Ms. Grandon’s classroom.

The Rural Community Alliance is a statewide advocate for rural public education and facilitates grassroots-led community revitalization projects in low-wealth communities. RCA has nearly 2,000 members in 64 communities.

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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