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The School Foundation Board has set a goal to receive $50,000 in donations by the end of the year.
“This would be a big step toward establishing an endowment,” said the foundation through a news release issued Friday.
“By supporting the generations who follow with a tax-deductible gift, those who give become a part of the Foundation Family, resulting in a win-win situation for all involved.”
The Palmyra School Foundation was established in 2019 with the mission to generate and distribute supplemental resources to the Palmyra R-I School District teachers and students.
The over-arching goal of the Foundation is to establish an “endowment” in which the original gift remains in-tact, and grants are made annually from interest earned.
In order for an endowment to be established, the board realized it must start by gaining the trust of the individuals, families, businesses, and organizations in this community who have the desire to support our schools.
Whether individuals share the Foundation’s goal of providing the best resources to help create lifelong learners, or the desire is to help graduates seek the training and skills needed to be contributing members of the community, the Palmyra School Foundation provides an avenue to make these goals a reality.
Because of those in this community who have already taken advantage of tax-deductible giving to the school through the Foundation, several teachers began this school year with classroom improvements.
Lora Hillman, a Palmyra Middle School reading/communication arts teacher, received grant funds to install a classroom amplification system.
“This technology produces a uniform speech level throughout the classroom and allows my voice to be heard clearly,” Hillman said. “I anticipate an improvement in comprehension and retention of information by my students.”
Additionally, Kathy Nicholson, early childhood coordinator, received grant funds to help buy supplies for the activity bags that each child will receive to participate in Group Connections during the winter months.
“We anticipate providing services to 215 families and 290 preschool children,” Nicholson said.
Information about the Palmyra School Foundation can be found on the school website, www.palmyra.k12.mo.us, (see the Palmyra School Foundation link, bottom orange box).
PSF board members are also available to answer questions.
The board consists of Chuck Keller, president, Tav Brown, vice-president, Susan Gard, secretary, Rodney Heimer, treasurer, and members, Christine Crawford, Chad Englehardt, Kathy Hammond, Jennifer Leftwich, David Lewis, Adrienne Lynn, Lori Marquart and Clint Stewart.