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Review for Mastodon Art-Science Regional Fair, Hillsboro, MO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Mastodon Fair started as a grass roots effort by ladies in the community. For 30 years volunteers and donations from the community has kept it going. Why? Because the Mastodon Fair makes a difference in the lives of students - helping them to excel from the inside out. Skills can be taught. Self-esteem has to be earned. The Mastodon Fair creates opportunities to have students self-esteem radically improved. It is a prestigious art and science Fair with the local reputation that "If you win at the Mastodon Fair, you have really done well!" Our professional judges keep the quality standard very high, and students stretch themselves to exceed those standards. The Mastodon Fair is truly an organization that makes a difference in student lives!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Students decide their career paths because of their experience with the Mastodon Fair. A college scholarship winner went to college because, "I always thought I was smart enough for college, but winning the Mastodon Fair made me believe I really could."

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would hire a marketing person to publicize the benefits the community receives from the Mastodon Fair.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed watching the kids faces light up when they show their parents their award and listening to the parents get to brag on their kids. The Fair gives parents a reason to be proud of their student.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers were incredible. They often gave up vacation time from work just to help create this week-long event for local kids. Many volunteers have been helping for more than 10 years!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization had 10 million dollars, it could have an endowment fund that would secure the Fair for the unlimited future. Since the Fair relies 100% on yearly donations, funding is always a challenge.

Ways to make it better...

If there would have been tables for my artwork, it would have been nicer. They ran out of the old doors/boxes that they use for tables so my art was displayed on paper on the floor.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The biggest challenge is to keep enough funds raised to prevent having to either limit the number of participants or to charge an entry fee.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Mastodon Art/Science Fair is the only event that helps public, private and home schooled students at NO charge. The Mastodon Fair positively changed my life and continue to do so for over 3,000 students each year for the past 30 years!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & As a child I was a participant and always wanted to give back to the organization that changed my life. Now I help the Mastodon Fair make a difference in over 3,000 students lives each year.