Ottawa, KS – Communities In Schools of Mid-America is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Raymond C. and Marguerite Gibson Foundation through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation in the amount of $8,415. The funds will be used to support the CIS program located at Ottawa High School and Ottawa Middle School.
The Raymond C. and Marguerite Gibson Foundation honors the lives of longtime Ottawa residents Marguerite and Raymond C. Gibson, whose philanthropy and leadership continue to support the Ottawa community after their passing. Marguerite and Raymond were married for 57 years, during which they owned and operated restaurants in Ottawa before founding Bingo Dog Food, Inc., in 1960. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Ottawa, a longtime Ransom Memorial hospital Auxiliary volunteer, a founding Board member of the Franklin County Community Foundations, former member of the Franklin County Extension Unit, member of the D.O. Club, and a former member of the Ransom Memorial Hospital Charitable Association, Marguerite’s philanthropy was an important part of her life. The Gibson Foundation’s donation will continue to honor Marguerite and Raymond’s legacy by supporting Ottawa Middle and High School students reach their full potential.
“CIS is honored to receive continued support from the Raymond and Marguerite Gibson Foundation. Their generosity ensures that students at Ottawa Middle School and Ottawa High School continue to receive specific student supports and resources from a CIS Site Coordinator who is empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life,” said CIS Field Director, and Ottawa resident, Rachel Smith.
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them to succeed in life. CIS of Mid-America provides support services to more than 35,000 students located in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Oklahoma.
CIS of Mid-America focuses its work exclusively with K-12 schools, connecting at-risk students with community resources – such as food, clothing, school supplies and medical care – to help remove barriers to their academic success.
About Communities In Schools of Mid-America
Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America is part of the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working with more than 50 schools across Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Oklahoma, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids – regardless of the challenges they may face – have what they need to realize their potential.
About Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation is one of the most well-respected, knowledgeable leaders on charitable giving in the nation. It strives to make giving convenient and efficient for donors through donor-advised funds: charitable giving accounts that maximize and organize giving. The mission of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in Greater Kansas City by increasing charitable giving, educating and connecting donors to community needs they care about, and leading on critical community issues.