In a room filled with Sikeston graduates at the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday, Robin Stoner, executive director of the SPS Foundation, found only two graduates aware of the Foundation. She quickly remedied that as she spoke about the Foundation's history and recent efforts.
According to Stoner, foundations, which can accept gifts made through bequests, trusts and donations or can conduct fundraisers, are a growing trend among public schools as funding is cut by traditional sources.
The Sikeston Public Schools Foundation seeks to support the educational programs for students and faculty at the local schools. It has provided scholarships for graduates and recently expanded to provide grants for educational programs, activities or special equipment that may not be available otherwise, she said.
According to Stoner, last year the Foundation provided $19,760 to the Sikeston Public School's kindergarten through middle school through a fundraiser. Also $8,500 was awarded as scholarships to members of the SHS Class of 2006.
Funded through private and corporate gifts, Stoner encouraged Chamber members to learn more about the Foundation.
Also she invited SHS alumni, former teachers and administrators to attend a homecoming tailgate party sponsored by the Foundation on Oct. 6 before the SHS - NMCC football game. Tickets are $10 per person and available by calling Stoner at 472-8833.
During the Chamber meeting, Jiggs Moore, Sikeston parks and recreation director, presented awards to the winners of the Sikeston Corporate Games. First place went to Missouri Department of Transportation while the second place winner was Duckett Truck Co. and third place went to Alan Wire.
Upcoming events announced by SACC Executive Director Missy Marshall include:
* Aug. 29 - A hearing on the property tax rates proposed by the Scott County Ambulance District will begin at 5:30 p.m. at 202 Lillian Drive in Sikeston.
* Sept. 15-16 - The 12th Annual Redneck Barbecue at the Sikeston Jaycee Rodeo Grounds.
* Sept. 16 - The Sikeston Jaycee Car Show will be at Rotary Park.
* Sept. 21 - A free Job Fair hosted by the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce and Missouri Career Center is planned from noon to 6 p.m. at the Clinton Community Building.