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Ted Wright -- last update 10/6/2003 (EducFoundOct07.html)
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.
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
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,