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.

SCHS 9th flexible seating

Students in Stacey Steinkhuler’s class at Smith-Cotton High School use flexible seating purchased with a Sedalia School District Foundation mini-grant.

This is where students sit that want/need extra help. It has come in handy when writing papers. Sometimes though, kids just sit there--because this is where we laugh, talk about their music and video games I have never heard of, and collaborate with the Link Leader Commissioners.  It is rewarding to see students coming to class early so that they can get the seat they want. It's great to see them comfortable and want to learn! Thanks again for this great opportunity. You guys are great!”

The Sedalia School District Foundation’s vision is to provide SSD #200 students with innovative opportunities to help them reach their full potential and become productive, valued members of the community. The annual mini-grant process is just one of the many ways the Foundation reaches out to provide opportunity. Since 2005 the Sedalia School District Foundation has awarded $159,336 in mini-grants to Sedalia 200 educators.

Eight Sedalia 200 teachers recently had their mini-grant applications for classroom enhancements funded by the Sedalia School District Foundation. SSDF President Deidre Esquivel announced the winners at the district’s back-to-school staff meeting on Aug. 22.

The foundation paid out a total $11,038.72 in requests, ranging from Chromebooks to a world globe. The grants that were funded:

  • Language arts teacher Renee Tankersley requested Chromebooks to help elementary-level students for whom English is not their first language to increase their English proficiency.
  • Heber Hunt computer lab instructional assistant Roxann Rowland requested the Math Facts in a Flash program for all of the school’s students in grades 2 through 4. The program provides “targeted, timed practice with immediate corrective feedback to … create a solid foundation for more advanced mathematics,” she wrote.
  • Parkview Elementary art teacher Janice Hargrave requested a cross-curricular program that combines art and science as students study Leonardo da Vinci and his scientific interests.
  • Smith-Cotton High math teacher Jennifer Crane requested graphing calculators that her Dual Credit Basic Statistics students will be able to check out to use in school and at home.
  • S-C High teacher Holli Goodrich requested a world globe for her ninth grade World History classes. “Wall maps and textbook maps are wonderful, however to see a three-dimensional representation of the world makes a different impression in a student’s brains,” Goodrich wrote.
  • Smith-Cotton Junior High math teacher Kaela Reeves requested graphing calculators for her eighth-grade Algebra II students; the calculators also can be used by students taking the ACT exam.
  • SCJH Instructional Technology Specialist Madeline Kempton requested funding for a mobile STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lab to help students explore technology to prepare for jobs in healthcare, finance, government, education, and many other disciplines.
  • Sedalia Middle School math teacher Anne Luebbert requested Chromebooks for Math Leveled Learning. She wrote that the technology will be used for daily assessments of student performance that “will immediately demonstrate students who are gaining understanding in specific areas or those who need additional practice.”

SSDF President Deidre Esquivel said that from the inception of the foundation, the board members found value in providing teachers with additional resources for learning. “Who would know better how to engage our students than the teachers and staff themselves? So we started talking to them, finding out what their needs were, and sort of built a program around that,” she said. “We enjoy seeing the grant requests each year and following up with them later in the classroom.”

“Our program has continued to grow, with the addition of a second grant period for the 2018-2019 school year,” Esquivel said. “The foundation is fortunate to have the support of our school district, community, and alumni that allows our mini-grant program to continue to thrive.”

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

SSDF Mini-Grant Information Sheet 2018-2019

SSDF Mini-Grant Application

Grant application submissions for the 2018-2019 school year will be divided into two grant periods – Fall and Spring Semester. Awards for Fall semester will be announced in December 2018, Awards for Spring Semester will be announced in May 2019.

Deadlines and Criteria:

Please read the SSDF Mini-Grant Information Sheet for complete criteria and instructions!

  • Fall Semester Grant deadline is October 31, 2018
  • Spring Semester Grant deadline is March 31, 2019.
  • Any Sedalia #200 staff member is eligible to make application.
  • 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.
  • Mini-Grant applications may be discussed with district administrators for clarification or to explore other funding options. Applications not approved by the administration will not be considered for funding.

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 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 Bash experiences have included a Black vs.‭ ‬Gold basketball game that featured the friendly rivalry between‭ ‬Sedalia schools,‭ ‬a dodgeball tournament,‭ ‬and the Harlem Ambassadors 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.

Since 2001 Major Saver cards sales have resulted in $440,307.50 for the Foundation and Sedalia School District. In 2018 the Sedalia School District Foundation and participating schools shared $18,097.50 through the sale of Major Saver cards.

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