Houston Schools Superintendent Dr. Allen Moss, left, receives a check from the Houston Education Foundation to purchase Chromebooks for the district.

The Houston Education Foundation (HEF) is a local organization with a mission of “promoting education excellence and opportunity beyond the scope of the Houston R-1 school system by generating financial resources from private funds to provide support for education programs.”

An affliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the HEF was founded in 2006. since then, its board members have worked to raise funds to fulfill grants for educational equipment while also building an endowment fund for future students and district needs. With donor support, the HEF has in the past funded Chromebook computers and charging carts for use in grades 3-5 and 7-12, new uniforms for band members, multi-purpose portable risers with safety rails (used mostly by students in choir), a sound system for Hiett Gymnasium and more.

On a Saturday each September, the HEF teams up with the Piney River Brewing Co. for a fundraising event at the brewery in Bucyrus. The HEF also raises funds via a fall letter campaign to Houston High School alumni and friends and through the annual “Give Ozarks” online giving campaign each May.

The HEF board members are: president Joe Richardson; vice president Becky Eidson; secretary Kathy Hutcheson; treasurer Reese Bucher; and members Dan Adey, Tom Dunn, Melissa Fockler, Sharon Hart, Beverly Hurd, Chris Honeycutt, Lesa Kinney and Ross Richardson.

Financial donations to the HEF are tax-deductible, and contributions of any size are always welcome. Donations may be mailed to Houston Education Foundation, P.O. Box 102, Houston, Mo., 65483. For more information, email Richardson at jrichardson@centurytel.net.

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