The Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation has provided many generous gifts to Great Bend over the years. This year the community has been blessed more than once.
Last week, Katherine Opie, director of the Foundation, attended the Great Bend City Council meeting and described two gifts totaling $230,000 that will improve the Great Bend Brit-Spaugh Zoo.
Then on Thursday, the USD 428 Board of Education approved purchases for a sweeping technology initiative that is also being funded by a grant from the Foundation. Nearly $300,000 is being spent to buy 1,100 Chromebook tablet computers and software that will filter and monitor the use of these devices no matter where they are. This fall, Great Bend USD 428 children from K-12 will be using Chromebooks or, in grades K-1, iPads.
Opie noted that Dorothy Moses Morrison and her husband Wayne Morrison were third and fourth generation native residents of Great Bend and Barton County. Dorothy set up the Foundation in 1993 and its income has helped our community in many ways. She died in 2008.
The Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel at Barton Community College is another example of her legacy. There’s no statue to Dorothy M. Morrison in Barton County, but her gifts are all over.