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$10K Gift to Barton Campus
June 21, 2011

CAPTION: Steve Maxey, left, director of the North Central Missouri College Foundation, accepts a $10,000 gift from Bonnie Mitchell and Ed Turner, officers of the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation. The funds are to be used for development of the Barton Farm Campus of North Central Missouri College.

The Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation of Chillicothe has contributed $10,000 toward the development of the Barton Farm Campus of North Central Missouri College. The donation will support construction of the animal science complex on the farm campus southeast of Trenton. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on the complex, which includes classroom space, livestock stalls, a storage shed and a composting structure.

Construction of the first two buildings on the farm campus is nearing completion, and the campus will be open for students for the fall 2011 semester. This past school year, NCMC's agricultural and natural resources classes were at capacity with nearly 80 students. When fully developed, the Barton Farm Campus will have space for 150 or more students.

It is highly appropriate that this donation from the Litton Foundation be spent on the animal science complex at the Barton Farm Campus since the Litton family was so well-known for raising champion Charolais cattle, said Steve Maxey, director of the NCMC Foundation. Maxey accepted the check from the Litton Foundation officers Ed Turner, vice president, and Bonnie Mitchell, secretary-treasurer.

The Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation was formed to honor former U.S. Rep. Jerry Litton of Chillicothe, his wife, Sharon, and their two children, who were killed in a tragic plane crash in August 1976. The Litton Foundation has been a major supporter of the development of the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center in Chillicothe, an innovative concept which has become a model for high schools and FFA chapters.

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