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.

12th Annual Golf Tournament

SSDF Golf Tournament

Thank you to our sponsors and friends for a successful Twelfth Annual Golf Tournament

Thank you to everyone who came out to play on that warm day! Thank you to Dugan’s Paint & Flooring for being our tournament sponsor. Thank you to all of our individual and business sponsors for their continued support.

Congratulations to the first place winners of each flight (score):
“A” Flight: Sean Paul, Steve Kruse, Mike Meile and Blaine Murphy (53)
“B” Flight: Chuck Kempton, Sherry Kempton, Staff Swearingen and Gena Swearingen (60)
“C” Flight: Jorge Guevera, Nick Toalson, Nathan Morris and Gabe Hesse (64)
“D” Flight: Tom Munson, Jerry Morris, Jeff Morris and Mike Robertson (67)
The putting contest was won by Bob Rinehart. Janis Clemens was closest to the pin on 7 and Wayne Ogle was closest on 10.

Thank you to our sponsors, silent auction donors, and volunteers:

Adagio Therapeutic Massage
AFC Urgent Care
Best Western State Fair Inn
Bichsel Jewelry
Blue Ridge Bank & Trust
Bodyworks Day Spa
Bothwell Regional Health Center
Bryant Motors
Callis Integrated Marketing
Central Bank of Sedalia
Central Missouri Community Credit Union
Child Safe
County Distributing
Craft Beer Cellar
Dairy Queen
David Furnell, Furnell Companies
David Kyle, Blue Ridge Bank & Trust
Dennis and Carla Eding
Dr. Doug and Connie Kiburz
Dugan’s Paint & Flooring
El Espolon
Equity Bank
Eye Clinic LLC
Furnell Companies
Galaxy Cinema
Gardner Denver
Grellner Sales & Service
Guesa USA Investments
Heartland Paintless Dent Repair
Heritage Fabrication
Hotel Bothwell
Impact Sign & Lighting
IBG - Insurance & Benefits Group
Interstate Studio & Publishing Co.
Jackson’s Relocation Service
Jaron Lucchessi and staff
Kelly’s Westport Inn
Kristin Rode
Landmann Title Co.
Laura Taylor
Makenna Steger
McDonald痴 - Marshall痴 Inc
Moore痴 Flower Shop & Greenhouses
Noah Kelley
NuCor Steel
Ozark Coffee Company

RAC-JAC Properties
RE/MAX of Sedalia唯illie Barnes
Rick Ball Ford Lincoln
Sedalia Bombers
Sedalia Country Club Staff
Sedalia Democrat
Sedalia Fire Department
Sedalia School District #200
Septagon Construction Management
Simmons Bank
Six Flags
Stanley Black & Decker
State Fair Community College
Steak 鮮 Shake
Stephanie Paul
Surgical Services of Sedalia優r. Stuart and Kim Braverman
Trisha Myers
Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt P.C.
Tyson Foods, Inc.
W-K Family of Dealerships
Williams-Woody Nissan
Wilson Toellner CPA

Sedalia School District Foundation Board Members
Billie Barnes
Daniel Benner
Ellen Cable
Mark Callis
Gerry Coffelt
Linda Creach
Deidre Esquivel
Brendan Hurley
Dan Hurley
Matt LaCasse
Jeromy Layman
Karla Limbaugh
Melissa Mays
Becky Munson
Diana Nichols
Tim Noland
Darren Pannier
Terri Paul
Tyger Paul
Laura Wallen


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.

Sedalia School District #200 teachers, staff, and administrators are continuing their tradition of generous support for the Sedalia School District Foundation. In the 2017-2018 school year, district personnel will contribute $10,274 to the Foundation through the payroll contribution program. Horace Mann Elementary School earned a “Thank You” potato bar and desserts luncheon from the Sedalia School District Foundation board of directors for the largest percentage of staff contributors in the Sedalia School District. Horace Mann Principal Todd Fraley was presented with the red apple trophy and the staff enjoyed their luncheon in February 2018. 

Thank you, Sedalia School District #200 personnel for your contribution to the Sedalia School District Foundation!

Julie Abney
Elizabeth Ackerman
Winnie Akers
Pamela Alexander
Margaret Anderson
Holly Andrews
Missy Arnold
Julie Bales
Jill Barnholdt
Clara Batzer
Carissa Bauer
Amber Bellamy
Renae Belt
Lindsey Benbrook
Dustin Bergman
Kelly Birdsong
Holly Blackaby
Peggy Blatterman
Dana Bohon
Taber Boles
Skyler Borman
Kerie Boyd
Lindsey Branson
Sharon Brauer
Meredith Brick
Carmen Brock
Rebecca Brockway
Rebecca Brownfield
Kelly M. Bryan
Ashley Burris
Jodee Buso
Karmen Butler
Amanda Caballero
Shawn Cairer
Cindy Calafaty
Angie Camirand
Marsha Campe
Amy Carbone-Scott
Millie Cavanagh
Ann Cave
Kimberly Cavener
Lynne Chancellor
Heather Clancy
Deanna Clark
John R. Collins
Susan Couhig
Brenda Cramer
Madalyn Cramer
Jennifer Crane
Dyana Cunningham
Fran Cunningham
Jacqueline Curry
Stacy Curry
Jason Curry
B.J. Curry
Carol Cusick
Catherine Dake
Joyce Dale
Laura Darrah
Shawna Davidson
Courtney Davis
Susan Dean
Anne Desalme
Candice Ditto
Joseph Doyle
Lisa Duchesne
Amy Dunkin
Randy Durian
Tonya Edgar
Katie Ellis
Christine Emery
Megan Engl
Andrea Eppenauer
Diane Eschbacher
Patty Estes
Lisa Everhart
Robin Ewing
Jennifer Farrar
Patricia Ferolito
Jordan Fields
Lindsey Fish
Ashley Fisher
Jacquelyn Fisher
Laura Fisher
Mary Flandermeyer
Chris Flandermeyer
Teresa Foote
Stephanie Fore
Dana Foster
Todd Fraley
Margaret Freitas
Rita Fry
Heather Gahring
Holly Gentges
Nicholas Gentges
Michelle Gilger
Devin Gilmore
Holli Goodrich
Sheila Goodwin
Michelle Gray
April Griffin
Jennie Guerrini
William Guthrie
Angel Guzman
Lisa Hammerly

Breanna Harding
Janice Hargrave
Eini Harris
Monica Harris
Shannon Harter
Amanda Harvey
Carol Harvey
Stephanie Hayworth
Mikaela Henke
Brett Hieronymus
Roxana Himes
Michelle Hofstetter
Lisa Hoke
Susan Howe
Carrie Howieson
April Huddleston
Phelessia Hughes
Jennifer Hurley
Nancy Hurt
Whitney Hurt
Lori Hurt
Marcinda Husong
Amanda Jackson
Trina Jackson
Stephanie Jackson
Aimee Jackson
Tracy Johnson
Melissa Johnson
Tymme Johnson
Tracy Johnson
Mark Johnson
Chris Johnston
Jyl Jones
Lynette Jones
Sarah Jones
Toni Jones
Kristie Jonson
Lorena Kelley
Madeline Kempton
Allison Kempton
Grace Kendrick
Kyra Kendrick
Leah Kerwood
Jason Kindle
Jill Kindle
Christina Kirby
Ashley Klein
Venita Klover
Ashley Knierim
Byron Knight
Barbara Koeller
Darcia Koetting
Stacey Kuehner
Andrea Kuhlman
Tisha Kuhlman
Brandi LaCasse
John Lamar
Robin Lang
Darla Lansing
Bryant Lazenby
Angela Logan
Karina Lopez
Anne Luebbert
Shelley Lutjen
Beth Lyles
Erica Mabry-Pfannestiel
Melissa Magana
Charles Maledy
Martha Manuel
Carrie Martin
Maria Martinez-Flores
Cathy Matheis
Kevin Matz
Melissa Mays
Kristie McAllister
Shelby McConnell
Kelly McFatrich
Melissa McGathy
Mark McNeal
Lucinda McRoy
Lensie Means
Sherry Melby
Marsha Metzner
Angela Meyer
Margaret Meyer
Gary Meyer
Heather Miller
Amy Miller
Cindy Moon
Pamela Moon
Katie Morrison
Stacey Morton
Rebecca Moss
Alfred Mullins Jr.
Karen Muntz
Caleb Myers
Linda Myers
Colleen Neth
Denise Newell
Jamie Nicholas
Ashleigh Noland
Wade Norton
Hilliary Owens
Megan C. Palmer
Megan M. Palmer
Sara Pannier
Kimberly Paul
Laura Peck
Ashley Peck
Jeri Perkins
Donald Perry
Lucinda Peterson
Roxanne Peterson
Jill Peterson
Pamela Petree
Renee Pinkleton
Susan Pirtle
Heidi Pollard
Bradley Pollitt
Jaime Privitt

Kimberly Prost
Penny Pummill
Kari Pyle
Patrick Pyle
Chris Pyle
Sara Quinn
Kelsey Raines
Pamela Reimund
Angela Richardson
Christine Ross
Roxann Rowland
Whitney Rupe
Tammy Sadler
Rachel Samson
Melany Satnan
Robert Satnan
Marina Scheiner
Kenneth Schlup
Nancy Scott
Elizabeth Shaffer
Keyla Sharp
Susan Shaw
Brenda Shellhorn
Tracy Siegel
Nicole Silvey
Amy Simoncic
Kori Simons
April Simons
Richard Simons Jr.
Melissa Simpson
Brenda Simpson
Carla Smith
Sharon Smith
Nancy Smith
June Snapp
Michelle Sparks
Jamie Sparks
Virginia Sparks
Tamara Sparks
Rebecca Spencer
Tammy Spratley
Brooke Spratley
Tanya Steele
Michelle Steger
Stacey Steinkuhler
Caitlin Steward
Sarah Stidham
Erica Stone
Jacqueline Stratton
Patricia Sturges
Susan Summers Daly
Sharon Swafford
Beverly J. Swain
Amber Swank
Emily Swift
Claraisse Tackett
Renee Tankersley
Jamie Taylor
Nancy Tempel
Jonathan Tester
Taylor Thomas
Tammy Thomas
Brittney Thompson
Kathy Todd
Stela Toderescu-Stavila
Misty Tow
Steve Triplett
Teri Turner
Andrew Turner
Ryan Turner
Patricia Turpin
Megan Underwood
Lisa Volk
Brenda Ward
Andrea Watring
Marianne Weathers
Vicki Webb
Sheri Webb
Kylee Weber
Ann Weber
Addie Welpman
Debra Wenig
Sasha West
Carla Wheeler
Barbara White
Douglas White
Cortney Wiedermann
Robert Williams
Dawn Williams
Ryan Willoughby
Melissa Wilson
Patrick Wilson
Kathy Wingler
Amy Wise
Peggy Wiser-Balch
Michelle Wolfe
Bonnie Wolfe
Amy Woolery
Kendra Woolery
Jenna Wright
Andrea Young
Jessi Young
Lisa Young
Kathy Zink
Sheri Zumsteg


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

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.

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.

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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