Past Grants

Grant Title: MakerSpaces

The 2015-2016 CPSF grant provides funding for MakerSpaces at ten CPS elementary schools. MakerSpaces promote STEM activities and provide a hands-on learning experience where children can flex their creative muscles and problem-solving skills. MakerSpace stations might focus on circuitry, design, electronics, robotics, building, coding, or other STEM skills. Supplies can include 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and everyday materials, all with the goal of engaging students with making technology and developing problem-solving skills.

Grant Funds Requested: $25,000*
*An additional $25,000 was graciously donated from the Veterans United Foundation. CPSF donated an additional $9,900 so that all ten elementary schools could be funded.


2014-2015 Grants Awarded

Grant Title: iRead to Succeed The CPS “iRead to Succeed!” grant will provide each CPS Middle School Reading Intervention program with a set of 10 iPad Mini devices that can be used to engage struggling students in the reading of digital texts that have been custom-tailored to their interests and…

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2013 – 2014 Grants Awarded

CCSS @ Your Media Center and Beyond The focus of this grant is to establish a core non-fiction electronic book (eBook) collection for the four senior high schools in Columbia. As mobile computing becomes more ubiquitous, and with the move to online and electronic resources for different content areas, having…

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2012 – 2013 Grants Awarded

Digital Reading Partnerships; Julie Nichols, Instructional Technology; $24,640. Creating Modern School Library Programs in Columbia Public Schools; Julie Nichols, Instructional Technology; $20,000. John William “Blind” Boone: What All Fourth Graders Should Know about this famous Columbia, Missourian; Dr. Deborah Jacobs, Coordinator of Fine Arts; $2,337.15. To Infinity and Beyond!; Mike…

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2011 – 2012 Grants Awarded

Mathematics – FAST Math, Fraction Nation and SMI programs funded for $24,449.  The programs support mathematics student at West Boulevard and Smithton Middle School.  Projected students supported = 1,346.   Fine Arts – Smart Boards funded for $23,371.  Smart boards for Hickman High School music rooms, Rock Bridge High School Piano…

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2010

The 2010 Grants awarded: Summer Expedition – Gifted Center, all Elementary Schools $1880 Fourth Grade Missouri State Capitol Field Trip – all 4th grade classes $6663.60 M.A.C. (Minority Achievement Committee) Scholars First Annual Achievement Gap Conference: Failure is NOT an Option – All secondary schools $2500 SMART Boards for Elementary…

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2008

Grant Awards for 2008 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 2007-2008 school year. Animal Excursions (a.k.a. the Critters Program) ($15,000) This grant provides a variety of animals on loan to classrooms throughout the district for enrichment opportunities in language acquisition, science knowledge, and artistic expression. Bridging the Gap!…

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2007

Grant Awards for 2007 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 2006-2007 school year. Critter Program ($15,000) The Critter Program, officially called the Animal Excursion Program, brings animals into all CPS classrooms. Classroom Performance System ($10,264) Request submitted by: Gentry Middle School Math Teachers The grant will fund the…

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CPSF Announces 2007 Grant Recipients

FOR RELEASE ON June 11, 2007 CONTACTS: Lynnanne Baumgardner, President, 874-9055 Jan Swaney, Public Relations Committee, 864-0435 The Columbia Public Schools Foundation, a private foundation established by community volunteers dedicated to the enrichment of public education through community giving, announces that it will allocate $43, 589 to the following grant…

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2006

Grant Awards for 2006 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 2005-2006 school year. Library Books ($29,000) Request submitted by: Dr. Curt Fuchs $1,000 per 19 elementary schools for picture books totaling $19,000 and $10,000 for Douglass High School to purchase resource books, audio books, software updates, and data…

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2005

Grant Awards for 2005 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 2004-2005 school year. Media Centers ($30,000) Douglass High, Hickman High, Rock Bridge High, Jefferson Junior High, Oakland Junior High, and West Junior High; each received $5,000 for Media Centers Animal Excursion Program ($15,000) Request submitted by: Sara Torres…

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2004

Grant Awards for 2004 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 2003-2004 school year. Critter Program ($14,000) All Elementary Schools Partners in Education ($10,000) Daring to Dream ($5,885) Elementary Science Department – This project is a collaborative project between science specialists and fifth grade teachers to support both student…

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2003

Grant Awards for 2003 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 2002-2003 school year. Digital Technology School Based Business ($4,086) Douglass High – Technology equipment and software enhance learning, and seed money started a school based business focusing on training in marketing, accounting, public relations, and design. Non-Fiction Genre…

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2002

Grant Awards for 2002 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 2001-2002 school year. Doorway into Nature’s Classroom ($5,855) Blue Ridge Elementary Rub a Dub-Dub … Reading in a Tub ($5,015) Midway Heights Elementary Audio/Video Equipment To Create Magic ($3,037) Writing Right ($3,034) Russell Elementary TI-83 Graphing Calculators ($2,450)…

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2001

Grant Awards for 2001 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 2000-2001 school year. Information Center ($7,500) Request submitted by: Christy Atchley, Doug Daniels, Susan Wier, and Becky Greer Provided funds for a major upgrade of the library resource materials available on-site at Douglass High School. The new library…

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2000

Grant Awards for 2000 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 1999-2000 school year. Carpe Diem ($8,000) Request submitted by: Craig Adams, Steve Markway, John Strodtman, and Lori Breedlove Carpe Diem establishes a custom manufacturing operation to impact students at all levels, including students with educational and behavioral disabilities,…

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1999

Grant Awards for 1999 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 1998-1999 school year. Visual Dimension Project ($9,745) Request submitted by: Teresa Barry, Pamela Didur, and Dr. Mary Laffey Ninety TI-83 graphing calculators, three calculator overhead viewers, and three Calculator Based Laboratory kits were purchased for use in algebra…

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1998

Grant Awards for 1998 CPSF awarded the following educational grants for the 1997-1998 school year. This was the first year the Foundation awarded grants. Dreamwriters ($8,450) Request submitted by: James Kome, Dixie Grupe, Tim Trogdon, Laurie Hoff, Jo Donati Shaw, and George Frissell This Grant to the Hickman High School…

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Susie Adams
Abe Bahadori

Abe Bahadori believes that education is fundamental for the success of our youth. Abe is an insurance producer at The Naught-Naught Agency. He previously worked for Shelter Insurance for ten years and considers himself fortunate to have worked for an organization that was heavily involved with the community and CPS. Abe is a CPS graduate, having attended Lee Elementary, Gentry Middle School, Jefferson Junior High and Hickman High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lincoln University. Abe is involved with Rock Bridge Elementary School and has volunteered for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, the United Way, the American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army.

Abe joined the CPSF board in 2017. “Having experienced all of my K-12 education with CPS and with two children of my own following suit, I have an appreciation of what CPSF does for CPS,” he says. “The Naught-Naught Agency is a proud sponsor of CPSF and CPS, and I am honored to serve on the board.”

Lynn Barnett
President

Lynn Barnett retired in 2009 after a 28-year career with the Columbia Public Schools, serving as an assistant superintendent for student services, secretary for the board of education, director of special education, and special education teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, a master’s degree in learning disabilities and a doctorate in education administration, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lynn is an active member of the community, having served as chair of the City of Columbia’s Cultural Affairs Commission, chair of the Family Health Center, vice president of the Columbia Downtown Rotary and as a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Services for Independent Living, among many others.

Barnett also is a Columbia Public Schools alum, having attended Parkade Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High School and Hickman High School. Her five daughters also attended and graduated from the Columbia Public Schools, and now she has four grandchildren enrolled in CPS. She joined the CPSF board in 2014. “I am proud to have been a part of the school district and feel that through my work with the CPS Foundation I can continue to support the excellent teaching and learning that is going on in our public schools,” Lynn says.

Michelle Baumstark
Les Borgmeyer

Les Borgmeyer is a local sales manager for the Fox and Myzou TV stations. Les is the president for the Missouri Ad Managers Association and serves on the Advertising, Marketing and Communications Committee for the Missouri Press Association. He teaches an MBA entrepreneurship class for the University of Missouri, evening MBA and undergraduate courses at Columbia College in marketing and management, and has taught marketing for William Woods University’s undergraduate, online and MBA programs.

This is Les’ 2nd time to serve on the board for CPSF. Les serves on the board because “public education is the foundation by which we build the future of Columbia. All three of my children graduated from CPS and have all achieved masters and professional degrees. My wife, Ann, had a wonderful career as an elementary teacher and Reading Recovery specialist. I saw the dedication she had in helping children and have experienced that same dedication with most of the teachers I have met with CPS. Serving on the board of CPSF allows me to ensure future generations will have similar great experiences with support from our Foundation.”

Jill Evans

Jill Evans dedicated her career to public education, serving as a professional school counselor for 20 years in the Columbia Public Schools. She also has worked as an elementary school teacher and as director and teacher at Three by Four Preschool in Columbia. Jill earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass., and her master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has served as president of the Mid-Missouri School Counselor Association and is a member of the Boone County Retired Teachers Association.

Jill joined the CPSF board in 2011, the year after she retired. “The strength of CPSF is that it allows the school district to implement exciting programs that they would not be able to fund on their own,” Jill says. “I think it is exciting for students to have opportunities in all areas that wouldn’t be available to them otherwise.”

Sondra Flaker

Sondra Flaker was extremely active in the Columbia Public Schools during her daughters’ education and remains so after they have graduated. Sondra holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in counseling, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has served as an information specialist for the Division of Mental Health and a medical social worker at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. In addition to her work for the school system, Sondra has been an active volunteer throughout the community, earning her the J.C. Penney Volunteer of the Year Award (now the Hero Award) and the Volunteer of the Year Award in the State of Missouri. She also has been inducted into the CPSF Hall of Leaders as a Volunteer.

Sondra joined the CPSF board in 2012 as “an opportunity to give back to the Columbia Public Schools and its teachers for providing such a great education to our family.” She believes “providing excellence in public school education is extremely important to a community.”

Jean Gurucharri

Jean Gurucharri is a founding member of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. An active community volunteer for more than 30 years, Jean also is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas and a diploma in nursing. Because Jean’s three daughters received an excellent education from Columbia Public Schools, she is committed to continuing that “excellence so that all our students can succeed in life.”

Jean initially served on the CPSF board from 1995-2003 and then rejoined the board in 2015. “I truly believe that outstanding schools are what make a strong city and community,” Jean says. “If our schools are not strong, then our community will not grow.”

Gale “Hap” Hairston

Gale “Hap” Hairston has spent his career in education and has watched the CPSF grow since its inception, seeing firsthand how teachers and students benefit from its grants, including “one of the most notable… CPSF’s rescue of the Critter Program.” Hap currently is director of educator preparation in the Office of Educator Quality for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He previously served as principal at both New Haven Elementary School and Rock Bridge Elementary School in Columbia, and as a principal in Fayette. He also has served as the chair of the department of education at Central Methodist University. Hap has a bachelor’s degree from Central Methodist University, a master’s degree from Truman State University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Hap joined the CPSF board in 2017 as an “opportunity to give back to education and most importantly to the Columbia Public Schools. CPSF plays a vital role in providing extra support to students, teachers and schools. CPSF also plays a vital role in communicating the great things that are happening in our classrooms while providing a vehicle for individuals, organizations and other interested parties to support CPS in a very meaningful way.”

Jenn Book Haselswerdt

Jenn Book Haselswerdt is an arts integration specialist at The Children’s School at Stephens College.­ With her son enrolled in CPS, she sees firsthand how important it is that schools get the funding they need to support a rigorous curriculum that engages and enriches every child. Jenn has served as a drama teacher for the Wild Swan Theater, a professional children’s theater in Ann Arbor, MI, and an education program manager at Imagination Stage, a professional children’s theater in Bethesda, MD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theater with a minor in education studies from American University and a master’s degree in theater history and criticism from Catholic University of America.

Jenn joined the CPSF board in 2017 because “all children deserve a great education, and I see CPSF as a way to help provide that. I see CPSF as an important means to engage every child in a full, enriching, exciting education, regardless of socio-economic status, where they live (in the district), family life, race or ethnic background.”

Shatenita Horton

Shatenita strives to lead by example in both her professional life and her volunteer activities. Shatenita has been in banking for 20 years and is currently vice president, security officer and Forum Banking Center manager at Providence Bank. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and her master’s degree in business administration from Stephens College. She is involved with several local organizations such as the Chamber Ambassadors, Columbia Metro Rotary Club, True North and Women’s Network, and previously served on the board for the Voluntary Action Center, the Women’s Network Steering Committee, the Stephens College Alumnae Association and the Missouri Bankers Association Young BankersLeadership Division. She is the co-chair for the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbia Program for 2017 and received the Athena Young Professional Award in 2012.

Shatenita joined the CPSF board in 2014 and is very passionate about her role on the board. “Our schools and their future progress should be top priority because giving our children the best education in turn builds the best communities,” Shatenita says.

Nyle Klinginsmith
vice president

Nyle Klingsmith is known throughout the community for his time at Jefferson Junior High School, now Jefferson Middle School, where he first began his education career as a student teacher. Nyle later served as a social studies teacher, counselor and director of guidance and principal at Jeff Junior before retiring in 2008 after 38 years with the Columbia Public Schools.

Nyle joined the CPSF board in 2009 and served as board president in 2015. “As a CPS employee, I always felt that the community valued what we were trying to do for its young people. One of the ways I knew that to be true was the work of CPSF,” Nyle says. “Here was a group of community-minded people who were willing to support innovative ideas aimed at improving our kids’ experiences. During my last decade in the schools I saw firsthand the good work of the Foundation, and now I have the opportunity to be on the other side of the table as a Board member, reading those grants and being excited once again by the opportunities they will provide to our teachers and their students.”

Jan Mees
Cindy Mustard

Cindy Mustard is co-owner of Tiger Trolley Tours and is the former executive director of Voluntary Action Center in Columbia. A Columbia native, she attended the University Lab School, Jefferson Junior High School and Hickman High School, and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She serves on the board for the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, the Missouri Symphony Society and the Family Impact Center, among others, and is active as a Chamber of Commerce ambassador and a member of the Columbia Downtown Rotary Club. Cindy has been honored for her service and volunteerism with the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, Athena Award from the Chamber of Commerce, MU Outstanding Faculty-Alumni Award, the League of Women Voters Citizen of the Year and the CPSF Hall of Leaders, among many others.

Cindy joined the CPSF board of directors in 2012 and feels that CPSF is “truly a unique organization and it is an honor and privilege to serve on it.” Cindy believes “so strongly in the Columbia Public Schools that being on the board of CPSF is one way I can give back to the schools. I was so fortunate to receive such an excellent academic background that prepared me for college over 50 years ago that being a part of CPSF will ensure that today’s students will continue to receive the very best educational opportunities.”

Jason Ramsey

Jason Ramsey is a commercial loan officer at the Callaway Bank. He is a mentor/coach at the Small Business Incubator, hosted by REDI, and is on the PTA of Grant Elementary and Jefferson Middle School. Jason is president of the board of directors for Central Missouri Community Action and treasurer of the board for the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Truman State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jason joined the CPSF board in 2017 to “help Columbia’s public schools provide a broader and deeper educational experience for its students.”

Tom Rose
Treasurer

Tom Rose graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and has been in private small animal practice in Columbia ever since. He is managing partner of Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospitals in Columbia. Tom has been a longtime volunteer with Columbia Public Schools, both as a mentor to several students throughout the district and as a Partner in Education with Mill Creek Elementary. He also was a member of the CPS Board of Education from 2007-2014, serving as president from 2011-2013.

Tom joined the CPSF board because he believes the Foundation is a “vital part of helping the school district achieve its goals and overall mission of providing an excellent education for all students.” He believes that high-quality early childhood experiences are the key to success in school and in life. Tom feels the CPSF board has a “significant role to play in assisting CPS with establishing and maintaining relevant programming that will lead to greater student achievement and success.”

Kristen Schulte

Kristen Schulte has dedicated her professional and academic career to education and a lifelong love of the outdoors. She is the education coordinator for Missouri River Relief, a non-profit dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River. She has served as a member of the board for the Missouri Environmental Education Association and the Ozark Trail Association. Kristen has a bachelor’s degree in recreation from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in natural science education and environmental and natural resources from the University of Wyoming.

Kristen joined the CPSF board in 2017 as part of her “commitment to connecting students and teachers to the outdoors and passion for promoting stewardship. It means an opportunity to collaborate with community members who are passionate about education.”

Jolene Schulz

Jolene Schulz earned an associate’s degree from Christian College in 1961, followed by a bachelor’s and master’s of education from the University of Missouri. She has taught kindergarteners and college students alike, including some at Columbia College, where she was an adjunct professor from 1998 to 2001. Jolene served 34 years as an administrator for the Columbia Public Schools. She has held board positions with many organizations, including the National Association of Partners in Education, Central Missouri Leadership, Missouri Community Service Commission (appointed by the Governor), National Association of States Service Association (as a representative for the State of Missouri), Columbia Junior Achievement, Ronald McDonald House Charities of mid-Missouri, Community Foundation of Central Missouri, Voluntary Action Center and Mid-Missouri Tourism. She is also a Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work and dedication to the community, including the University of Missouri Faculty/Alumni Award, the Missouri Hazel Riback Volunteer Director of the Year Award for the State of Missouri and the Columbia College Alumni Association’s Community Service Award, among others. Jolene is currently the co-owner of Tiger Trolley Tours.

Jolene is proud to serve on the Columbia Public Schools Foundation Board as this service allows her to “continue my lifelong commitment to enriching public education and expanding learning opportunities for all students. By encouraging the business and general community to be more involved with the Foundation, I can help increase resources for teachers and opportunities for students in the Columbia Public Schools.”

Sally Silvers
Secretary

Sally Silvers taught special education in the St. Louis County Special School District and then with the Columbia Public Schools and as an instructor at the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Sally holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education from Washington University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University and the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award (now the Hero Award) for service to the community. Sally serves as vice president of the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri.

Sally is a founding member and longtime board member of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. “Twenty years later, the contributions of so many have impacted the lives of countless students and educators within the Columbia Public Schools. I can only imagine what will be accomplished in the next twenty years—and beyond.”

Peter Stiepleman
Catey Terry

Catey Terry has watched her two children move through Columbia Public Schools and believes that anything we can do to help public schools improves the quality of life for us all. She is outreach director for the Novak Leadership Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Catey has been a member of the CPS PTA and CAGT for 16 years, including serving as president of the Grant Elementary School PTA. She is the vice chair for communications for the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri and the spokesperson for the Columbia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. Catey has a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Catey joined the CPSF board in 2017. “As my time as an active parent in CPS winds down, I am interested in finding ways to continue to support the mission of our public schools. With my own children as success stories, I believe in paying back. It is important to recognize that our schools are funded at a basic level but that so much more is possible with extra resources. The success of the Tetons trip is an example of this.”

David Townsend

David Townsend is proud of his educational experience at Columbia Public Schools and wants to “give back to the schools that meant so much to me.” David is the president and CEO of Agents National Title Insurance. David is a CPS graduate, having attended Fairview Elementary, West Junior High and Hickman High School. He is on the board of the Family Counseling Center, a member of the Columbia Sunrise Southwest Rotary, and is co-chair of the Boys and Girls Club annual campaign. He also serves as the chair of the American Land Title Association Federal Political Action Committee and as the president of Missouri Land Title. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and education from Drury University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Missouri.

David joined the CPSF board in 2017 as a way to continue the legacy of his mother, Shirley Townsend, who was heavily involved with CPS. “CPSF is a vehicle by which we as a community can support and augment the educational opportunities of CPS students,” he said. “It is also a way to give the excellent staff of our public schools additional resources to work with students and help them achieve their educational goals.”