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South Shore Foundation Awards Grants
February 1998

A new charitable organization, South Shore Foundation, announces it's awarding grants geared toward economic development in the South Shore Area. The trustees voted in August and October meetings to award the following grants:

  • $36,864 to Omaha School District to fund the current distance learning programming for students through OURNET, currently comprising 14 schools and North Arkansas College at Harrison.

Omaha students access classes, such as foreign language, advanced sciences and mathematics, and college courses from NAC such as freshman composition, Western Civilization and art appreciation. The school faculty also uses the system for professional training workshops, and it will be expanding to offer additional college classes and community education programming from NAC in the evenings.

According to Omaha Superintendent David Land, OURNET is the most advanced interactive television technology in the country combining video, audio and data network technologies that allow the teacher and students to interact as if they were in the same room together. It allows the teacher to see full motion video of each classroom on the network (up to four at one time), a component which the teaching community insisted be available.

 "Critical partnerships were developed with telephone companies serving the OUR Cooperative schools," Dr. Land said, "among them Northern Arkansas, to expedite fiber deployment to accommodate the interactive television network development."

  • $29,969 to Lead Hill School District to fund the current distance learning program for students through OURNET. (See explanatory information above.)
  • $10,000 to the Marion County Regional Airport. The funds are to be applied to the matching funds for a $100,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics for extension of the airport runway.
  • $6,250 to the town of Diamond City for completion of a master Water and Sewer Plan.
  • $810 to the Marion County Extension Homemakers to implement the "Kids and Company: Together for Safety" personal safety curriculum in Marion County schools.

South Shore Foundation was created by Northern Arkansas Telephone Company at Flippin to fund projects for educational advancement, community betterment, environmental preservation and economic development in its service area in Marion, Boone and Carroll counties, known as the South Shore. The South Shore Foundation also plans to further its stated goals with charitable gifts of telecommunications services and equipment.

The foundation accepts grant applications from nonprofit corporations based in or serving the South Shore area, and it assists counties and communities to provide services for the benefit of their citizens and their environment. The board of trustees meets quarterly.

For a grant application, contact Deanna Latting, South Shore Foundation, 301 East Main Street, Flippin, AR 72634, phone (870) 453-3333, or e-mail dlatting@southshore.com.

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