The Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Rural Schools Partnership awarded Koshkonong (MO) Schools teacher Sandy Roberts $3,000 for her Printing for Progress project. This funding enabled students to create a printing service for this small rural district. The goal of the project was to engage students in T-shirt designing through screen printing and, at the same time, allow them to gain business expertise as they market and sell their shirts and other product. Dr. Jane Ward, Rural Schools Collaborative Rural Education Fellow and Missouri State University-West Plains faculty member, has provided the following project update:
Sandy's students attended training to get experience with different equipment before making their final purchase decisions. They have designed their prints and expanding their work beyond t-shirts. They plan to design and print signs for the school and local businesses. They currently have pending orders from the community and hope to see the project expand in the coming months.
Project funding was provided by the Community Foundation of the Ozark’s Rural Schools Partnership, Louis L. Coover and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation of Commerce Trust, and Rural Conservation Fund. This grantmaking program is the flagship component of the Rural Schools Collaborative cooperative Grants in Place effort.
Below: Koshkonong students work on graphic design and display their product! Thanks to Dr. Jan Ward for sending the photographs.
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