In June, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation granted $90,000 to improve the health and wellness of students and teachers in 21 rural school districts.
The grants were a collaboration between the Coover Charitable Foundation and the CFO’s Rural Schools Partnership, which advances rural education through a variety of programs. The CFO administers grantmaking for the Coover Charitable Foundation, which is managed by Commerce Trust Company.
To guide this year’s program, the CFO surveyed educators in its network of school partners. From the more than 400 responses, the health and mental health of both students and teachers were identified as areas of greatest need in rural school districts.
View the stories below to learn about how this funding has served physical and mental health needs at four local school districts.