Houston Schools Superintendent Dr. Allen Moss, left, receives a check from the Houston Education Foundation to purchase chromebooks for the district. Presenting the check to Moss are HEF members, from left: Rita Ruckert, Dan Adey, Melissa Fockler, Joe Richardson, Becky Eidson, Tom Dunn and Kathy Hutcheson.

A local foundation that supports the Houston R-1 School District has placed additional Chromebook computers into classrooms, increasing its contribution to 180 of the devices.

During the annual “Give Ozarks Day” in May, the Houston Education Foundation had a goal of raising funds to add 30 Chromebooks to the school district’s upper elementary classes. When Bob Burch, a 1967 HHS graduate, offered to purchase 30 of those units, that allowed the foundation to generate enough funds to add 60 new Chromebooks for use in the fourth and fifth grades.

A check for $13,140 was recently presented to Houston Schools Superintendent Dr. Allen Moss to purchase the units, and they were incorporated into the classrooms at the beginning of this school year.

Several businesses and individuals contributed to make the contribution possible, HEF leaders said. Support over the past decade has helped fund similar projects through the foundation.

The foundation was established in 2006 to support and strengthen education experiences for Houston School District students. In 2015 and 2016, 180 Chromebooks were acquired through the foundation for use for students in grades 4-12.

“Having HHS alumni, like Bob Burch, local businesses and so many individuals step up to support the school through our foundation over the last decade has been an inspiration to see,” said Joe Richardson III, foundation president. “A lot of progress has been made above and beyond what is incorporated into the school’s annual budget each year.”

The foundation swore in three new board members at its August meeting: Dr. Tom Dunn, Lesa Kinney and Melissa Fockler. The board meets the third Tuesday of each month.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be sent to: Houston Education Foundation, P.O. Box 102, Houston, Mo. 65483.

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