Courtney Long, Director of Community Resources and Grant Management
This is a very exciting year for the Community Resources Office (CRO) and Waynesville R-VI School District as we continue the work of forming meaningful partnerships with our community with the goal of connecting our students with our community. I am excited to begin my work with this office and to help grow and develop these relationships even further. The CRO office also oversees and manages a number of grants that help us to provide a multitude of services to our school and community.
The CRO office continues its work at managing grants that help us coordinate and place AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members in service within our district and community. These members work to help fight poverty throughout our community. Their service aids students within our school district as well as many of our community partner organizations. We have recently added several new community partners and look forward to working with them to provide assistance in helping them create sustainable programs that help our community prosper.
Under the umbrella of the CRO office is also the Wellness goals of our district. It is imperative that our students and staff are provided the support and assistance needed in order to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. Together with the work of our school counselors, school nurses and resources provided to our district through a grant agreement with Community Medical Center of the Ozarks, we work to identify the needs of our students and address them by providing necessary resources.
This year we are very proud to begin the planning stages for the $1,250,000.00 STEM grant awarded to the Waynesville School District by the DODEA. This grant is going to help provide programs for our students that will prepare them for future demands that they will need to meet both academically and in their future careers. Be on the lookout as we begin to unroll new programs to involve more of our students in programs that involve activities such as coding, robotics, and other methods of encouraging the development and use of critical thinking skills.