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Dr. Jane Ward, Missouri State University-West Plains faculty and Rural Education Fellow (far left), and Carol Silvey, Community Foundation of the Ozarks senior associate for advancement and Rural Schools Collaborative board member (far right), present award poster to John Doss, (front, second from left) and his students.

Koshkonong Teachers Recognized for Place-based Grants

November 10, 2016

Dr. Jane Ward, Missouri State University-West Plains faculty and Rural Education Fellow and Carol Silvey, Community Foundation of the Ozarks senior associate for advancement and Rural Schools Collaborative board member, recently visited the tiny Missouri community of Koshkonong to recognize the outstanding place-based education work of three Koshkonong Schools' teachers. The projects were funded through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Rural Schools Partnership grants program, which is an essential component of the Rural Schools Collaborative's Grants in Place effort.

The following teachers and projects were recognized:

Koshkonong Schools, Sandy Roberts, $3,000, Printing for Progress. Students will create a printing service for the district. They will be involved in creating T-shirt designs through screen printing and gain business expertise as they market and sell their shirts and other product.

Koshkonong Elementary, Middle, and High School, Theresa Wiggs, $2,500, Proud to be Rural. The project will focus students on the benefits and opportunities of living in a rural community. Field trips will take students to businesses and students will record and share what they are learning on a website dedicated to the project. All students k-12 will participate.


Koshkonong Schools, John Doss (pictured at top of page), FFA, $4,000, Grow Your Own. The project aims to provide students with an opportunity to think outside the box and be exposed to alternative ways to be involved with agriculture. Student will develop a school garden with high school students mentoring 3rd and 4th graders in planting vegetables and flowers. Ultimately, the students will develop a roadside stand for selling their produce. Agricultural careers will be explored including agricultural tourism.



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