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Community Foundation of the Ozarks Awards Grants for Educational Programs

Several community organizations gathered to accept grants today from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

This series of grants focused on education and address red flag issues like poverty in the community.

KSMU's Christy Hendricks reports what programs the grants will fund.

Several area organizations received some financial help today for community programs.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded 16 grants totaling over 148-thousand dollars for education and community development programs.

One of the awards announced during the presentation will pay to renovate a classroom at the Challenge Treatment Center on North Main Avenue in Springfield.

Linda Jones is the coordinator of alternative programs for the Springfield Public School District.

She accepted several grant awards for programs targeting at-risk students.

Deciding who receives the awards can be difficult.

Randy Russell, CFO's senior program officer, says the foundation tries to attack poverty from all sides using education, music, housing, and a host of other approaches.

Russell says the foundation received 55 requests totaling more than 700-thousands dollars.

He says the committee that chooses the award recipients looks at a variety of factors.

Other organizations receiving grants include the Springfield Symphony Association, Big Brother/Big Sisters of the Ozarks and the Junior League of Springfield.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks receives funding from private donors and awards grants across southern Missouri.