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Collinsville Education Foundation
Oct. 6 , 2003
Evening Meeting for More Citizen Ideas
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The Collinsville Education Foundation scheduled this evening meeting to solicit fresh ideas from those unable to attend the typical lunchtime meetings. The meeting held at the American Bank of Oklahoma was well attended with several teachers and administrators joining the trustees and other guests.

Bill Thomas, John Butts and other trustees explained what the Foundation has accomplished in it's first 5 years having been fomalized in 1998.

State Senator Randy Brogden (standing above) spoke to the group about potential education funding issues from the Oklahoma Legislative perspective. His wife Donna (above left) heads Owasso's Education Foundation and offered some tips on some of their fund raisers.

Trustees provided status on several ongoing fundraisers of the Foundation: sales of afghans, caps and Christmas ornaments. The most successful effort has been the golf tounaments which have raised about $47,000 in total (including funds from Collinsville's Masonic Lodge). The group has had a steady growth in funds raised each year, but is concerned they may be at or nearing a plateau. They are asking for fresh ideas to help fund the grants they make to help supplement academic efforts in the Collinsville schools.

The Education Foundation has received 59 grant requests so far for this school year. The total amount requested is almost $24,000. Bill Thomas indicated they would not be able to fully fund all those requests, but have traditionally funded each request to some level.

The Foundation is also attempting to build a database of mailing addresses for Collinsville High School alumni for future help from former students.

-- Ted Wright -- Oct.8, 2003