Nevada R-V Foundation

Kevin McKinley, Foundation Exec. Director

417-448-9997, 417-448-2020 Ext. 5025

800 W. Hickory, Nevada, MO 64772

Established in 1996 by the Nevada R-V Board of Education, the Nevada R-V Foundation's sole purpose is to support the educational mission of the Nevada R-V School District.

Opportunities for giving to the Nevada R-V Foundation include, but are not limited to: programs, departments, capital improvements and scholarships. For more information on planned giving or to make a donation, please contact Kevin McKinley.

Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible by donors for Federal income, estate and gift tax purposes. Contributors may take advantage of the Foundation's IRS tax exempt status as a 501 (C) (3) organization.

Foundation Board:

  • Dr. Thomas Bunton, Chair
  • Jan Benbrook
  • James Bickel
  • John Flynn
  • Shirley Rainey
  • Joe Swearingen
  • Dr. Tyson Beshore, R-V Superintendent
  • Joy Hawks, R-V Board President
  • Katie Pettibon, Treasurer

Kevin McKinley established an NHS Renaissance Directed K-12 Indigent Student Fund before his retirement from teaching.

NHS Principal Jerry Whalen and Speech and Debate/Theater Coach Johanna Beck received a check from R-5 Foundation Director Kevin McKinley from former Nevada residents Steve and Debbie Benner. The Benner's donated $7,500 to benefit the NHS Scholarship Program and the Nevada High School Speech and Debate Team.

These scholarship funds, along with over 100 other academic scholarships, were given at Senior Recognition Night on May 19 to graduates of the Class of 2017.

On behalf of our Foundation Board, school administration, teachers and students, we thank Mr. and Mrs. Benner for their interest and support of the youth in our community!

Loretta Claspill spent twenty-eight years working with the students of NR5. She worked in the classrooms as a special ed paraprofessional and spent the last nine years of her career as a library clerk at NMS.

It would be tough to find a harder worker than Loretta. She gave her all whether she was helping a student with an assignment or straightening the messy nonfiction section of books.

Loretta lost her hard fought battle with cancer. Her family decided to honor her memory with donations to the NMS library through the Nevada R-5 Foundation.

Connie Allard, Class of 1965, passed away suddenly as the result of a car accident. The family requested contributions toward a scholarship in her memory.

For 27 years, Connie was the friendly teller at First National Bank.

Connie lived her life for her family and friends. She believed her most important job was to raise her sons admirably. Her sons, Doug and Corey, are both graduates of Nevada.

Des Dehon or Mr. Dehon was remembered by many Driver's Ed students from 1956-1985. As one NHS grad wrote,"those films still scare me!" Mr. Dehon always had a smile and hello for anyone who walked by his classroom. He made a huge positve impact on a lot of NHS students over the years. Many in the community also remember his Christmas decorations that lit up the neighborhood. His wife,Betty and their three children, Debbie, Jeff, and Lee established the Des Dehon Memorial Scholarship in his memory.

Leland Day Memorial - Coach Day passed away on March 24, 2011. Coach Day began his teaching and coaching career with the Nevada School District in 1975. Most of his career was spent coaching Varsity Football and Track. From 1993-1998 he was the Varsity Head Track Coach. Coach Day taught middle school PE along with coordinating the summer Driver's Ed program for almost 30 years.

In 1999, Coach Day was inducted into the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame. As head coach, he witnessed the 1994 State Champion Lady Tiger Track Team. Again as Head Coach, his Lady Tiger Track Squad finished fourth at the state level.In addition, Coach Day was the assistant coach for the 1975 State runner up NHS Football squad. Coach Day had many great memories of the coaches and players that he worked with over the years at Nevada. Chances are you were greatly influenced by this remarkable and humble man.

After retiring in 1998, Coach Day taught at Crowder College in Nevada and enjoyed being with his family and new grandson. Danette, Eric and Angie established an endowed scholarship in memory of Coach Day. The Leland Day Family and all R-5 Staff thank you for helping to make this scholarship perpetual.

The family of Ann Wolfe established a scholarship in her memory. Ann taught school in the one-room Hackberry School for years and retired from the Nevada R-5 School District.

A spotlight on 1972 graduate, Denise Sparks--her daughter Gracie Gold has participated in the Winter Olympics as a member of the US Skating Team.

The family of Lynne Logan Clawson, a 1951 graduate of Nevada High School, requested donations to the Nevada R-5 Foundation in order to assist the music department.

The Foundation wishes to acknowledge the Bob Adams' family for requesting donations to benefit the Bus Barn.

The Jared E. Badders Memorial Scholarship is sometimes offered to an NHS senior who attended the Tech Center. Jared was very involved in sports, liked hunting, and completed the construction trades program.