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December 10, 2020

Dear Friends,

On behalf of our colleagues, we want to thank you for supporting the Rural Schools Collaborative. Covid-19 has underscored the importance of rural public schools in two distinct ways. First, as evidenced by the I Am a Rural Teacher Campaign’s powerful narratives, rural schools and teachers have become essential service providers throughout the pandemic. Secondly, the avalanche of Covid-19 misinformation has graphically illustrated the importance of developing educated young people who think critically and engage in the civic realm. These observations affirm our belief that a sustainable rural future must include strong public schools with outstanding teacher-leaders.

Forging strong bonds between rural schools and communities has defined RSC’s work since its inception in 2015. This year was no different as we launched the nationwide I Am a Rural Teacher Campaign with support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, added new Hubs in the Appalachian and Great Lakes regions, and awarded more than $30,000 in place-based learning grants. We are also extremely proud of our young staff members, who are connecting thoughtfully with early career rural teachers from across the nation.

We ask that you support our ongoing work by making a charitable gift. Every donation, small or large, reinforces the conviction that rural schools and communities will only get better together.

We hope you will make a contribution to the Rural Schools Collaborative today! You can make an online donation at

Thank you so much for your consideration. Together, we will build a rural future that is thriving and sustainable.


Carol Silvey, Board Chair
Gary Funk, Staff Director

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