Members of the Houston Education Foundation present a 3,140 check for Chromebooks for the local school district. From left: Dr. Allen Moss, Rita Ruckert, Dan Adey, Melissa Fockler, Joe Richardson III, Becky Edison, Tom Dunn and Kathy Hutcheson.

A local foundation that supports the Houston School District has placed additional Chromebooks 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 Chromebook computers to Houston School District’s upper elementary classes. When Bob Burch, a 1967 HHS graduate, offered to purchase 30 of those units, it 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 Dr. Allen Moss, superintendent of schools, for purchase of these units. They were incorporate into the classrooms at the beginning of this school year. 

Several businesses and individuals contributed to make this possible. All of their support over the last decade has helped fund projects such as this through the foundation.

The foundation was established in 2006 to support and strengthen education experiences for Houston R-1 students. In 2015 and 2016, 180 Chromebooks have been acquired through the foundation for use for students in fourth through twelfth grade. 

“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. A lot of progress has been made above and beyond what is corporated into the school’s annual budget each year,” said Joe Richardson III, foundation president. 

The foundation swore in three new board members at its August meeting. They are 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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