Communities In Schools of Mid-America received a $8,415 grant from the Raymond C. and Marguerite Gibson Foundation through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

The grant will support the CIS programs 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.

The Gibsons 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," CIS field director and Ottawa resident Rachel Smith said.  "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."

CIS of Mid-America focuses 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.