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Elementary Afterschool Program (ASP)
  • Serves 226 students
  • Mon - Thurs at each PCSD elementary school
  • Started in 2007 at McPolin with funding provided by PCEF
  • Rolled out district-wide in 2011, led by United Way and many community partners, named 'Promise Park City'
  • PCEF has provided academic funding every year
"I love Afterschool," says Ashley, a 1st grader in the program. "I get help with my homework here. And last year when I was in Kindergarten, I couldn't speak English as well and now I really can! It's cool!"
About 25% of our school population is students-in-need. The idea of the Afterschool Program (ASP) was that additional learning time would critically support struggling students. "These students needed a safe space after school while their parents were working," says PCEF Director Abby McNulty, "and they needed help with homework since English was not spoken at home. Over time other partners became involved to support the mental and physical health of the child and family."
After expanding to all elementary schools, each site ran it's own program. With growth came the realization that a manager over the entire ASP could best align the programs with school and District goals.  This year, PCEF funded a grant for an Afterschool Principal, and the District hired John Hall.  In addition, only licensed teachers teach the academic portions, which use the Engineering is Elementary science kits. "We have found that hands on science is the most engaging way to teach science and math concepts and sneak in language arts," smiles Hall. " We don't want the kids to feel like it's just another two hours of school. We've been able to bring in Coding as well.
"We are very fortunate to have the staff we do. The difference in having fully certified teachers and a site coordinator at each site is key to making the program functional and effective. The teachers have a relationship with the kids already so they are in a position to engage and respond," says Hall. "They give me feedback every week about what is working and what we can improve." Aides from each school and staff from Holy Cross Ministries also play a critical role.
"We have three goals to make a measurable difference over the next three years," Hall continues, "First, we want every student ready to learn. Next, we want to instill a growth mindset. We want the kids to feel that even if they haven't learned a concept yet, they will be able to over time. And third, we want to develop a sense of community, that the kids belong here and can make a contribution." Tuesday's, for instance, are devoted to activities like a lesson on healthy cooking from EATS, field trips given by Summit Land Conservancy, or intramural sports teams between the schools with support from Basin Rec. "We also provide scholarships for our kids to attend the Get Out and Play program on Fridays."
The hope is with a stronger and more coordinated ASP approach, our students-in-need will be ready and able to make the most of their career and college choices later in life.
Are you interested in working with this and other programs for our students-in-need? The United Way is looking for a Partnership Director to oversee and work with the community partners for the Promise Park City collaboration. Check the full job description to see if this is the perfect job for you!
PCEF College and Career Readiness Facts
  • College and Career Readiness is one of PCEF's six areas of interest for program funding
  • Some College and Career Readiness Programs we support:
    • Elementary Afterschool Program
    • Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS)
    • Latinos in Action
    • First Generation Mentoring and Scholarships
    • Journalism at TMJH and PCHS
    • Homework Club at TMJH
    • Naviance College Planning Software for 6th - 12th Counseling Departments
    • Special Education Programs for post high school transition
    • College Academic and Athletic Preparedness Class
  • Together with our donors, we will fund over 17 College and Career Readiness programs this year, totaling over $190,000.  See a complete list here.
To give to these or any PCEF program, please click here.
PCEF 2014 - 2015 Annual Report
The 2014 - 2015 school year was another banner year for the Park City Education Foundation.  We invested in over 65 programs, impacted nearly 4500 students, and supported the work of 100+ teachers.  
PCEF is a critical partner to the District in supporting master teaching and providing robust and engaging classrooms across Park City.  Our goal is to continue to strengthen and build community support for the following six areas: Academic Rigor, College and Career Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Professional Development and Teacher Recognition, STEM, and the Arts
Please take a moment to read through the pages of our Annual Report.  As supporters of PCEF, we want you to know exactly how your money is being re-invested into teachers, students, schools and classrooms.  And, we want you to take a moment to celebrate all the wonderful programs you helped deliver during the 2014-2015 school year. 
RWE Early-Bird Pricing!
Don't wait to register for everyone's favorite race that's a party and celebration of education! Early bird pricing is available until February 29th. There are so many reasons to register!
  • All proceeds go to PCEF School Grants
  • Early-bird pricing
  • Teams of 5 - 10 people make it easy for anyone!
  • Great swag bag with RWE t-shirt and medal
  • Great parties at each exchange
  • Rockin' Finish Party with free lunch, drinks, kids activities and sponsor giveaways
Only the team captain is needed to register. Register today!

Men4Ed is building a membership of 1,000 men who care about kids, education, and the Park City community.  Membership is a one-time donation of $1,000 and with it comes a lifetime of benefits. Join here!

Want to learn more or already a member?
Join us at an upcoming Men4Ed Event:

Men4Ed Ski Day: January 28th, 9:00 - 11:00am.  
Meet at the coffee shop inside Legacy Lodge at Park City base area.

Men4Ed Casino Night: Save the Date. February 26th

PC Bands Sweetheart Gala

Enjoy our community party!  
Valentine's Dinner and Dance
Live Music by PCHS Varsity Jazz

February 12, 2016
St. Mary's Church Grand Hall
CODE Scholar Circle Reception and Screening
PCEF partnered with Park City Film Series, Emerald Data Solutions, and BoardDocs to screen the film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. PCEF Scholar Circle members and Park City Film Series members joined the director for a reception before the screening.

A post-film panel featured the director Robin Hauser Reynolds, Jacki Zehner, Women Moving Millions, Jill Layfield, Former CEO,, and Heather Zynczak, Chief Marketing Officer, DOMO, Inc.

To see all the photos, visit the PCEF Facebook page

A membership program of the Park City Education Foundation, the Scholar Circle is comprised of families who invest over $1,000 annually into Park City's Schools. Scholar Circle members receive premiere benefits throughout the year including VIP invitations, private Scholar Circle events, Insider Updates, and recognition.  Scholar Circle members also watch PCEF programs in action through presentations and site visits.

Scholar Circle membership directly funds innovative and unique programing in Park City's schools; it's the smartest investment you will ever make!  For more information, contact Abby McNulty at To learn more or join visit the Scholar Circle Website
Photo: Christopher Reeves, 
Park Record
Teacher Spotlight - Melanie Coffelt
  • 1st grade teacher/Afterschool teacher at McPolin Elementary
  • Elementary teacher for 18 years - 2nd year in PCSD
  • Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Master's in Elementary Reading, working on STEM Endorsement
  • Loves the outdoors
Melanie Coffelt knew from an early age that she wanted to work with young children. "My father was a teacher at our high school. I had an amazing opportunity to work in the high school's on site infant room, toddler room and preschool. My father and a Career Occupations teacher really inspired me to become a teacher after they saw me interacting with the Preschoolers."
Originally from Colorado, Melanie and her family moved to Park City from the Bay Area last year.  "I have had wonderful opportunities to teach in Northern California as well as in Western Colorado, but we wanted to be closer to family.  Park City is a special place to be an educator and a student.  It's a wonderful town that is proud of its schools, students and staff. I'm impressed by the collaboration among teachers. The attitude that these are ALL of our students is very apparent.
"I have two sons, in sixth grade at Ecker and eighth grade at Treasure. I love living in the community I teach in. I really enjoy interacting with my students, families of my students, and my children's friends outside of school.
"The best part about teaching is sharing my students' growth and learning with parents and our school team. We have all worked incredibly hard to encourage our children along the way. I was also touched and honored when a student I taught in kindergarten told me she was pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education and wanted to return and teach in my classroom!"
When asked about PCEF, Melanie says, "The Ed Foundation is truly a partner for our schools, and so important in helping our teachers and students succeed in new and creative ways." When asked why she teaches in the Afterschool Program (funded in part by PCEF) she replies, "I enjoy giving kids that extra opportunity to ask questions and practice with someone who may explain things a little bit differently."
Melanie loves skiing, hiking and mountain biking with her family, and the fact that, "Park City has so many amazing outdoor opportunities!"

Teacher Spotlight - Annie Wallace
  • French teacher at Ecker Hill Middle School
  • Teacher for 23 years - 19 in PCSD
  • Undergrad in Political Anthropology from Smith College, Master's in Education from Westminster, Endorsements in ESL, History, French, Social Studies, and Dual Language (French)
  • Passionate about gardening, started and runs the garden and recycling program at Ecker
"I definitely did not know I would be a teacher," says Annie, "I thought I would go into international diplomacy or politics. But I coached skiing and ended up coaching at a private school in Salt Lake. I really liked it and decided to get my teaching credential. I taught all grades at Waterford, but did my student teaching up here. I did a long-term sub job, one thing led to another, and I'm still here! It's an amazing place to be and I love the people I work with.
"Two people inspired me as teachers. My 4th grade teacher was a geologist on the side, and if you did well, you could pick out a polished rock from his rock bowl. I remember more from that year than many others! My professor at Westminster inspired me every day. She was totally honest about being a teacher, especially a middle school teacher, and that's why I'm still teaching middle school!
"We are very fortunate in Park City to have the 1 to 1 Program (1 laptop to 1 student.) As a French teacher, the Internet provides an amazing array of tools that were not available even 10 years ago. Acquiring a language has become a lot easier and far more enjoyable than it used to be. We have a diverse community, and we are fortunate to have the tools that can support our various populations."
When asked about the best part of her day, Annie replies, "Any day a student comes in and says 'Thank you for helping me' is a great day. I feel my job isn't really to teach. It's more to support students as they navigate all the information that comes their way and try to make sense of it all."
When asked what PCEF means to her, Annie says, "PCEF means a huge amount of support for a wide array of programs, like the Garden at Ecker. We could not do what we do without them. Having the shed, the beds, the watering system, has been amazing. It's been a wonderful real-life learning opportunity for the kids, and the fact that students can eat the fruits of their labors makes me smile on a daily basis. My own children have benefitted from many PCEF-supported programs. Next year I'll be teaching the first 6th grade class of French DLI students, and I know PCEF has provided French reading materials to the dual language classes for many years."
Annie has twin boys, Christopher and Charlie, both at Ecker. "They have had wonderful teachers along the way!" She loves to work in her garden, tele-ski, bike, fly fish, camp, and spend time with her dog, cats and horse.

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