Business of the Month

Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation: partnering with business

The Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation was founded in 1993, in order to strengthen relationships within the community and to provide resources for the enhancement of education. Last year, the Educational Foundation made it a priority to hire an Executive Director. Courtney Cole was hired in July 2016 and since then has been working to make the foundation an Excelsior Springs household name.

The Educational Foundation provides the financial structure for the district’s scholarships, booster clubs, and grants. ESSD staff members contribute pledged amounts from each of their paychecks to be collected for teacher grant opportunities, to be used on projects that would go above and beyond the normal classroom expectation. In this past year, the foundation has awarded teacher grants for a drone to be purchased for the Media class at the Career Center, conditioning ropes for the Middle School, and virtual reality headsets for the Middle School library.

In addition to the fundraising support, the educational foundation is also interested in partnering with local businesses to offer students more real-life experience and opportunities. In the past year, the foundation has worked with high school educators to interview and place two students into part-time job positions at Community Bank of Missouri. This has given the student the support they need to get their foot in the door, and also provided the bank with the employees it needs to do the job. The foundation will continue to develop the internship program and welcomes all businesses and organizations to participate.

Partnering with business has come in many different forms throughout the community. Small fundraisers in support of the foundation have been conducted by hair salons, direct sales reps, and the bowling alley. In the past year, we added weekly Budding Artist paint classes with Molly Roberts Studio as an opportunity for the students.

This year the foundation has also been working to establish an ESHS Alumni Association in order to provide better support to the class reunion organizers. The focus has been to keep business local and showcase what our community now has to offer those looking to gather.

For more information on the ES Educational Foundation or how to get involved, please contact Executive Director Courtney Cole at 816-630-9200 x1110 or ccole@ga.essd40.com.