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Rural Community Alliance president, Lavina Grandon, will headline this year's Rural Rendezvous.

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Rural Rendezvous Scheduled for Reeds Spring, MO on Thursday, April 23

April 20, 2015

The 2015 Rural Schools Rendezvous, hosted annually by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Rural Schools Partnership, will be held on Thursday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held in Reeds Spring, Missouri, about one hour south of Springfield, Missouri on Route 13.

Lavina Grandon will speak on her experiences with the Rural Community Alliance and its fight to save small school districts in Arkansas. Grandon is the organization's President and Policy and Education Director. She was also a founding member.

At an event luncheon, the newest class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps will be introduced and Rural Schools Partnership's place-based grant award winners will be recognized. The Teacher Corps is a nationally recognized effort that supports the recruitment, preparation, and retention of outstanding rural teachers. Read this Washington Post feature on the program.

After lunch, Arkansas' Mt. Judea Area Alliance will make a presentation on their community building efforts. The Alliance is an affiliate of the statewide Rural Community Alliance.

There will also be a presentation on the new Rural Schools Collaborative, which will be followed by a Rural Schools Collaborative board of directors' meeting.

For more information contact Dr. Julie Leeth or Winter Skelton at 417-864-6199. Or email jleeth@cfozarks.org ,

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