The Benton County R-1 School District has established a not-for-profit organization called the Cole Camp Educational Foundation. The purpose of this Foundation is to promote and enhance the educational needs of the students in the District through tax-deductible contributions. The money in the Foundation allows the District to invest in the youth of Cole Camp at a faster pace that compliments the regular school budget. The Foundation accepts monetary gifts, in-kind donations, memorials from loved ones, and estate bequests.
The mission of the Board of Education, administration and faculty of the Cole Camp R-1 School is two fold. We adhere to the primary purposes of the public schools are the maximum intellectual development of each individual, cultivated through successful teaching, and the ability to apply knowledge empowered by learning, the outcome of which are based on observable, measurable behaviors. We are committed to the provision of an excellent program of instruction fostering life long learners “aiming of excellence”.
Foundation Board Members:
The Foundation board is made up of nine local members that oversee the raising and expenditure of funds. The members are: President- William Smart, Vice-President- Tom Oelrichs, members at large-Leroy Hagston, Rita Shellhart, Elroy VonHolten, Norma Schlessellman, Ken Weymuth, Marlys Peck, and Richard Luyet. Dr. Jerry Cochran, the District’s Superintendent of Schools, serves as an ex-officio member and the Superintendent’s secretary, Lelia Metzner, serves as treasurer. Past members include Huth Schlesselman, Dr. Dale Chapman, and Shirley Cash.
How the Foundation helps the District:
The Foundation has sponsored an annual golf tournament as a major fundraiser for more than 10 years. Donations are also regularly solicited from alumni, local businesses, and community members. The Foundation provides recognition for classes celebrating their 25th and 50th graduation anniversaries at the high school court warming festivities.
Through the Foundation, funds have been available to help purchase technology for classrooms in the form of computers, graphing calculators, and multimedia projectors. Band instruments and uniforms, choir robes, track hurdles, start up costs for the football program, and support for facility needs (such as air conditioning in classrooms) have been provided. Assistance has been provided to help the Fine Arts Department travel to national venues such as Carnegie Hall in
Future needs and improvements:
The Foundation is currently preparing to support the School’s strategic plan for the future of the District. These plans include:
ü an alternative school to help non-traditional students achieve academic success.
ü technological updates to ensure students are prepared for the future.
ü possibility of every student being issued a laptop for school work.
ü A dream of the Foundation would be to raise funds for a new stand alone 500-600 seat fine arts auditorium. This facility would primarily be used for the music and drama departments, as well as other community activities and concerts as needed.
You can help!
The Foundation invites you to join fellow alumni, friends, and members of the community in supporting the continued success of Cole Camp R-1 School. A pledge sheet is available on this site that can be printed off and sent in with a donation. If you would like additional information or discussion, any board member would be extremely happy to visit with you. Feel free to contact a Foundation Board member, call the school directly at (660) 668-4427, or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.orgThank you!