Colleges and larger high schools often have co-ed cheer teams...but that's not the case with much smaller towns across America. As KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports, one young Ozarks man is bucking that trend.
Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Growing Up in the Arts" program provides instruction in the visual, performing and literary arts to "at-risk" children ages 3 to 13. Randy Stewart introduces you to the program, and to one of its young participants.
This past weekend, a gunman opened fired at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 26 students and adults. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports on the advice of local grief counselors when talking with young children about the tragedy.
Many children in the Ozarks will spend their Christmas holidays in a domestic violence shelter. Others might be in far worse situations--at home with their mother's abuser. For this Sense of Community segment, KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports.
This month on Engaging the Community, KSMU’s Scott Harvey sits down with Missouri State University President Clif Smart to discuss graduation at the University, and the challenges and opportunities facing college students as they prepare to enter the workforce.
A recently released report says Douglas County and Springfield's 65803 zipcode lead the way in terms of charitable giving in the Ozarks. Find out more with this edition of Making A Difference Where You Live. This program is underwritten by The Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
What’s the difference between a reproduction and an original print? The Springfield Art Museum’s new exhibit, entitled Proof of Process: the Art of Printmaking, highlights the secrets and techniques. The exhibit also features a display of the history of print, and holds a large array of original prints from the gallery’s permanent collection. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.6
The idea behind the Ozarks Family Voices project is to give the child a personalized audio library so they learn to develop literacy at an early age. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has this report on just how much of an impact pre-recorded storytelling can have on young minds.
One farm in the Ozarks is the location of a series of unique experiments in sustainable living. If these experiments prove successful, it would greatly affect the future of sustainable technologies and how people think about building their homes. KSMU’s Shane Franklin had the opportunity to tour the farm, and has this story.
Starting next year, families in the Branson area will have the chance to enroll their four-year-old kids at the new Cedar Ridge Primary School. This new institution, which is privately funded and requires tuition, will be open for any family who wants to send a child, regardless of learning ability. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
The Missouri PTA has invited U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, and U.S. House Rep. Billie Long to talk about their plans for future education in Missouri. The organization says the group plans to ask questions mainly focused on funding for early childhood education, the federal deficit reduction and other top priorities. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
At a brief reception Monday (today), the Mercy Health Foundation and Mercy Children’s Hospital presented grant money to over a dozen different charities around the Ozarks. Mercy also received a large financial gift from Kohls in Springfield that will help fund the hospital’s injury prevention efforts. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Ozarks Region Chapter has awarded Ozarks Technical Community College’s Cliff Davis with the honor of the Outstanding Philanthropic Fundraising Professional of the Year. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with Davis and has this report.
Thursday was America Recycles Day where all over the United States communities spent time celebrating and informing their area about how important it is to recycle. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers goes in-depth with what recycling in Springfield, MO has to offer.
Missouri State University will host the 4th annual sustainability conference Wednesday. Organized by the university’s sustainability advisory committee, the conference will highlight several hot button environmental issues. KSMU's Samuel Crowe reports.
Two local dry cleaners have what they're calling a “new way of doing business.” When customers come in to drop off their laundry, they're given the option of choosing a laundry bag sporting the name of one of three local charities. KSMU's Rebekah Clark has more.
The National Conference of the American Society of Ethnohistory, or ASE, is taking place in Springfield this week. ASE is an academic society that studies the cultures and histories of people native to the Americas. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser spoke with some visiting experts and has this report.
Missouri has the lowest tax on tobacco in the United States, and the Proposition to increase that tax by $0.73 per pack failed. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with people on both sides of the debate, and has this story.
People across the country will head to the polls to cast their vote this Election Day. Some have been voting for years, but for others this election marks their first voting experience. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser spoke to one first-time voter and has this report.