The Missouri legislature authorized the Helping Schools personalized license plate as a way to benefit elementary and secondary schools in Missouri. Participating organizations receive $15 per year from the applicant for each personalized plate. Applicants also pay $15 per year to the Missouri Department of Revenue when requesting and renewing their Helping Schools license plates. If applying for a biennial (two-year) registration, the minimum contribution is $30.

You can obtain a Helping Schools license plate and benefit this Foundation

1. Make a contribution to the Sedalia School District Foundation either by mailing a $15 donation check for annual or $30 for biennial registration with Helping Schools in the memo line to PO Box 2505, Sedalia MO 65302 or make a donation at our website using the Donate button. Type in Helping Schools License Plate at “Add special Instructions to the seller,” also check the box to share your mailing address with the Sedalia School District Foundation.

2. The Foundation will issue an emblem-use authorization form. This form will be signed by a representative of the Foundation and is the receipt you must have to obtain the license plate.

3. Complete the Application for Missouri Personalized and Special License Plates, Form 1716.  Submit the completed 1716 form, the emblem-use form, and the state fee of $15 per year to the Department of Revenue at your local license office.

4. You will be notified by mail when your plates are available at your local license office.

Mini-Grants fund innovative instruction in district classrooms

Since the inception of the mini-grant program in 2005, the Foundation has awarded $169,941.40 to Sedalia School District #200 teachers and staff members. Smith-Cotton Junior High math teacher Kaela Reeves received a mini-grant for graphing calculators in her eighth-grade Algebra II class. She wrote the following after receiving the grant, “Students in Algebra classes have benefited from the graphing calculators in the classroom this year. By using the graphing calculators, students are able to visualize and interpret the characteristics of different graphs, such as quadratic and exponential. Also, students will be able to utilize the graphing calculators when taking their end of course exam for Algebra.”

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Students in Kaela Reeves Algebra II class at Smith-Cotton Junior High work an equation on a graphing calculator purchased with a mini-grant from the Foundation. Ms. Reeves expressed her thanks after receiving the graphing calculators, “We, as an Algebra class, appreciate them so much!”

Mini-Grants are an important part of the Foundation’s vision to provide all Sedalia School District students with innovative opportunities. Parkview Elementary art teacher, Janice Hargrave, incorporated scientific principles from the art of Leonardo da Vinci into her classes through the mini-grant Leonardo Meets Science. “Students are studying about Leonardo da Vinci and the fact that you must look carefully in order to draw what you see.  They are using the science specimens and magnifying glasses to draw a first draft.  Then they get specific, constructive advice from their table partner on improvements they can make.  Then they try to implement those improvements in a second draft drawing.”

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A student in Janice Hargrave’s art class at Parkview Elementary studies a butterfly specimen as part of the Leonardo Meets Science mini-grant. 

In response to requests from the teaching staff, the Sedalia School District Foundation opened a fall semester mini-grant application period at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. The Foundation awarded $5,605.40 to six teachers in January of 2019. The grants funded included:

  • Instrumental music instructor, Grant Maledy, requested a Yamaha Harmony Director for the Sedalia Middle School. “The students will learn to play in turn more quickly, come to a greater understanding of pitch and sound better to all listeners.”
  • Smith-Cotton High School teacher, Terri Turner, requested a grant for flexible seating in her classroom, “The array of seats offered to the students give the students a choice on where they would like to sit to give them the power to be successful on their own accord.”
  • Marcy Cash, a special education teacher at Smith-Cotton High School, requested kitchen supplies for a cooking/grocery shopping/meal planning unit for the Transition Lab Class. “The course will assist students in the transition process of moving from school to the post-secondary setting/independent living skills.” 

Mini Grant Transition Cooking lab Cash
Marcy Cash received a mini-grant and expressed her appreciation to the Foundation and donors. “We wanted to express our appreciation for your generosity and support to our Transition program.  Your generous donation was incredibly helpful and allowed us to provide and equip our students with valuable life skills.  Please know how much you've helped our students, and how much we all appreciate it.  The students were very excited to help unpack some of the items purchased.”

  • Smith-Cotton Junior High Media Specialist, Megan Sparks, requested funding to purchase two additional iPads and Sphero Bolt app-controlled robots for Coding Club and STEM sessions in the library.
  • Ninth grade math teacher, Tessa Childers, requested a mini-grant to purchase mice for classroom Chromebooks.  The Chromebooks are used with lessons promoting critical thinking, problem-solving, and perseverance, as well as end of course exams.
  • Parkview second grade teacher, Shawna Davidson, requested a mini-grant to purchase supplies to organize student small group reading materials. “This might include task cards, word sort, writing prompts, comprehension work, etc. However, since there is a wide range of differentiated readers, I need a differentiated organization system that will keep them organized and sane.”

Sedalia School District Foundation Mini-Grant Application and Information Sheet for SSD #200 teachers and staff

Any Sedalia #200 staff member may apply for a mini-grant.

Applicants are required to have made a monetary contribution to SSDF either directly or through the Payroll Contribution program, or be a “Friend of the Foundation” or “Alumni” Member. Contributions of any amount and/or memberships submitted with applications will qualify and be accepted.

Mini-Grants should be innovative and creative in nature. Grant requests for reusable materials/supplies will be given priority, but Mini Grants may not be used for textbooks.

For complete criteria, deadlines, and instructions, please read the Information Sheet.

SSDF Mini-Grant Information Sheet

SSDF Mini-Grant Application 

Questions about the Mini-Grant Application and Information Sheet should be directed to the Sedalia School District Foundation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 660-829-2562.


The Sedalia School District Foundation Bash is a gift from the Foundation to the Sedalia community. Taking place in the second semester of the school year, the Tiger Bash is an opportunity for the Sedalia School District students and staff, Foundation board, and Sedalia community to play together at a fun, family-friendly event.  Past Tiger Bash experiences have included a Black vs. Gold basketball game that featured the friendly rivalry between Sedalia schools, a dodgeball tournament, and professional basketball teams vs. the Sedalia All-Stars.

Smith-Cotton High School will celebrate Homecoming weekend September‭ ‬29‭ ‬and‭ ‬30,‭ ‬2017.‭ ‬The Sedalia School District Foundation invites all alumni celebrating a class reunion to participate in the annual Homecoming Parade through downtown Sedalia and attend the Tailgate Party and football game on Friday at Jennie Jaynes Complex.‭ ‬The original Smith-Cotton High School,‭ ‬now Smith-Cotton Junior High,‭ ‬is open on Saturday morning for tours and a pancake and sausage breakfast.

Because of the generosity and foresight of many thoughtful individuals and families,‭ ‬over‭ ‬$26,000‭ ‬worth of scholarships are available annually through the Sedalia School District Foundation.‭
Scholarships available from the Sedalia School District Foundation‭

The Harlem Ambassadors are coming to Sedalia on March‭ ‬25,‭ ‬2017,‭ ‬6‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬at Smith-Cotton High School gymnasium.‭ ‬Ditzfeld Container‭ & ‬Disposal Services and Ditzfeld‭ & ‬Weaver Charter Service proudly present the Ambassadors for a night of fun,‭ ‬hoops,‭ ‬and hijinks to further the Foundation’s ongoing support of the Sedalia School District‭ ‬#200.‭ ‬Tickets will be available at the door,‭ ‬online at‭ ‬,‭ ‬and in Sedalia at the Foundation office,‭ ‬Vincent’s Clothing and Shoe Store,‭ ‬Pummill’s Sporting Goods,‭ ‬and Dugan’s Paint‭ & ‬Flooring Center.‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Adult tickets are‭ ‬$10,‭ ‬student tickets‭ ‬$5,‭ ‬and children four and under are free.‭ ‬The Harlem Ambassadors‭' ‬show features high-flying slam dunks,‭ ‬dazzling ball-handling tricks,‭ ‬hilarious comedy,‭ ‬music,‭ ‬dancing,‭ ‬games with kids in the audience,‭ ‬and free autographs after the show.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the golf tournament which was sponsored for the tenth year by Dugan Paint‭ & ‬Flooring.‭ ‬Thank you to FOX‭ ‬4‭ ‬Kansas City News meteorologist Joe Lauria who promotes charity golf tournaments on his weather forecasts and visited the Foundation tournament.‭ ‬Thank you to our sponsors,‭ ‬some of whom have also supported us every year.‭ ‬Thanks to Bryant Motors for donating the cash prize for the closest to the pins and the winners were Marcia Azan on‭ ‬#7‭ ‬and Paul Curry on‭ ‬#10.‭ ‬The Putting Contest was won by David Baldwin.‭ ‬Congratulations to all our contest winners.

Friday,‭ ‬September‭ ‬16‭ ‬and Saturday,‭ ‬September‭ ‬17,‭ ‬2016

The following events will take place in celebration of Smith-Cotton High School’s football homecoming.‭ ‬Sedalia School District students,‭ ‬parents,‭ ‬alumni,‭ ‬and friends are welcome to participate in the following events.

Friday,‭ ‬September‭ ‬16

10:30‭ ‬a.m.‭ – ‬The Sedalia School District Foundation will present the Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr.‭ ‬Diane Cordry Golden.‭ ‬The Ceremony will be held in the Heckart Performing Arts Center at Smith-Cotton High School.

3‭ ‬p.m.‭ – ‬Homecoming Parade under the direction of Smith-Cotton High School Student Council‭ ‬will make its way through downtown Sedalia.‭

5‭ ‬p.m.‭ – ‬The Sedalia School District Foundation invites Smith-Cotton alumni and the Sedalia community to join us for our annual tailgate party in front of Smith-Cotton High School gymnasium.‭ ‬Hamburger or hot dog,‭ ‬chips,‭ ‬and drink meal.‭ ‬Donations are welcome.‭

7‭ ‬p.m.‭—‬The Smith-Cotton Tigers take on the Nevada Tigers at the Jennie Jaynes Complex.

Saturday,‭ ‬September‭ ‬17

7:30‭ ‬a.m.‭ – ‬9:30‭ ‬a.m.‭ – ‬Pancake and sausage breakfast and tours of the Smith-Cotton Junior High campus‭ (‬the original high school.‭) ‬Entertainment is provided by‭ “‬Future Alumni‭” ‬from Sedalia School District elementary and junior high schools.‭ ‬Advance pancake tickets are available by calling‭ ‬660-829-2562.‭ ‬Tickets will also be available at the door.

9:30‭ ‬a.m.‭ – ‬11‭ ‬a.m.‭ – ‬Tours of the Smith-Cotton High School campus at‭ ‬2010‭ ‬Tiger Pride Blvd.‭ ‬conducted by Smith-Cotton students and administrators.

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The Sedalia School District Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award has been established to recognize graduates of Smith-Cotton High School for outstanding achievements and contributions to society following graduation. These recipients reflect strong role models with strengths of character and citizenship to inspire and challenge today’s students.

The Sedalia School District Foundation seeks to identify individuals who have left a legacy and have kept education a priority in their community. The criteria for selection of this award are:

  • Candidates must have graduated from Smith-Cotton High School at least 10 years prior to nomination.

  • Candidates must have contributed to society, education and/or their respective communities in an exemplary manner.

  • Candidates must have achieved outstanding success in any of the following areas: the arts, business, community service, humanitarian efforts, education or a profession.

The Distinguished Alumni Award nomination packet is available to download and print.

2016 SSDF Distinguished Alumni Award application

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award nomination applications must be received in the SSDF office by May 12, 2016.

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Since 2001 Major Saver cards sales have resulted in $ $460,602.50 for the Sedalia School District Foundation and Sedalia School District. In 2019 the Foundation and participating schools shared $20,545.00 through the sale of Major Saver cards.

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