Archive for Thursday, December 23, 2004

Basehor Foundation is a hard secret to keep

December 23, 2004

During the holidays, secrets are hard to keep. In the Basehor-Linwood community, there is a well-kept secret that needs to be shared, not only at the holidays, but all through the year. Recent Basehor-Linwood graduate, Kelly Schaffer, knows about it. So do high school teacher Vicki Darr, and Dawn Edmonds, parent of a nine-year-old student.

What they each know about is the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation. Schaffer knows because this non-profit organization is helping her obtain an elementary education diploma. Darr knows because she is able to enhance her students' education about plant germination, growth and care through the Greenhouse Plant Project and Edmonds knows because her daughter was able to participate in the Missoula Children's Theatre production this fall.

"The education foundation is an organization that provides opportunities for projects that fall outside of the operating budget of the school district," said Brenda Chumley of Basehor.

The foundation has provided $21,000 in student scholarships, $2,750 in Teacher Incentive Grants and funding for Missoula Children's Theatre. This money was raised through private donations to the foundation and through the annual Foundation Golf Tournament.

The Foundation, whose mission is to enhance educational opportunities, was started in 2000. Contributions to the foundation are 100 percent tax deductible and may be given in the form of cash, securities, real estate or life insurance. Gifts may be sent to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the administrator of Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation funds, 1005 Broadway, Suite 130 Kansas City MO 64105. For more information, contact Heather Myer at (913) 724-1396.

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