Community Partnership of the Ozarks

Michele Skalicky

Update:  225 veterans were served at Tuesday's event.

An event this week in Springfield gave veterans a hand up—not a hand out.  The Ozarks’ first Veterans Stand Down offered vets a variety of services and information.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

By the halfway point of the event, more than 100 veterans had come through the doors at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.

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If you have graffiti on your property, you can have it removed for free.  The Community Partnership of the Ozarks has planned several graffiti removal days over the next month, and Springfield residents and business owners are invited to submit a request for cleanup.

The program involves several agencies and organizations that help with removal—Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the City of Springfield, Boys and Girls Club, 417SQUAD, Greene County Juvenile Probation, Excel students and Midwest Dustless Blasting.

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This week at nine Springfield elementary schools, kids are making friends, learning social skills and getting ready to start their formal education.  They’re attending Kindergarten Camp, hosted by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

The camp started Monday and goes through Friday at Bingham, Bissett, Boyd, Bowerman, Robberson, Watkins, Weaver, Westport and York Elementary Schools. 

Springfield-Greene County has won a national award for its efforts to help young people succeed. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

Community Leaders, educators and others gathered Tuesday to celebrate a special honor the community's received...

"We're here today to announce that Springfield and Greene County has been named one of the 100 best communities for young people by America's Promise, the Alliance for Youth for the 2nd year in a row."