Ideas to Impact: Your Gifts at Work
The Arts
"Art is my favorite class," says Courtney, a kindergartner at McPolin Elementary. "It's fun and it's different. I like creating and using my imagination. Working with clay has been my favorite, because you can make any kind of animal. I would be really sad if there were no art."
Fortunately, there is EVA, the Elementary Visual Art program, in three of our elementary schools. Thanks to funding from PCEF, and collaboration with the Kimball Art Center, 1500 students receive monthly art lessons.
Each month, students create art in the style of the featured artist, and their creations decorate the walls of our schools. From Salvador Dali to Dr. Seuss, the students are expressing themselves while gaining appreciation for our culture. "I like to see my art hung up at school," says Courtney.
Artist of the Month:

SeptemberFrank Lloyd Wright
October: Jean Dubuffet
November: Native American Art
December: Jeff Koons
January: Roy Lichtenstein
February: Bridget Riley
March: Dr. Seuss
April: Georgia O'Keefe
May: Plein Air Painting, inspired by Utah artists
 Music gives students another way to express themselves.  PCHS student Bryan Croce is going to study engineering in college. "But I wouldn't be the person I am without music," he says. "I've been given so many opportunities to express myself. Through music, I've learned to be a good human - and that will help me be an effective engineer, to make change for the world."

PCHS Fine Arts Chair and Band teacher Bret Hughes agrees. "The Arts gives students a chance to learn things in a different way, and the skills students learn are something any employer would want: collaboration, creativity, thinking outside of the box. And, students crave arts education. Over 760 of the 1200 PCHS students are enrolled in Fine Arts classes!"

Over 3,000 PCSD students participate in music classes!
Five Minutes Can Make a Difference!
Please take five minutes to answer our 2-question survey. Help us help your students and teachers!

1) What is your favorite PCEF Program?
2) What do you wish PCEF would fund?
Earn $5,000 For Your School! And Free Shoes for Yourself!

The PCSD schools with the most participation wins the $5,000, $3,000, or $2,000 Ragnar Grant!
  • RWE is Park City's 10 leg, 38 mile relay race, with all proceeds benefitting the public schools of the Park City School District.
  • With legs ranging from less than a 5k up to 6 miles, and teams of 5 to 10 people, anyone can take part - the littles, the grandparents, and everyone in between!
  • Want to be challenged? Run all 38 miles as a Solo.
  • Great swag, t-shirts and medals, parties at each exchange and a Rockin' Finish Party: RWE is the most fun you'll have this year!
  • Voted Park City's Favorite 4 years in a row!
Donor Spotlight: Zions Bank

Zions Bank is one of PCEF's Golden Apple Sponsors. Golden Apple Sponsors have an important partnership with PCEF. They truly make a personal commitment and investment in the education of PCSD students. They work with PCEF to frame their gifts in a way that will make the most impact.

One of the Guiding Principles of Zions Bank is "to be actively engaged in community issues and help provide creative solutions to community needs." As the presenting sponsor of the Red Apple Gala, and a major funder of EVA and programs that Empower All Students such as Afterschool and Latinos in Action, Zions Bank has made yearly transformational gifts for our students and teachers.

CEO Scott Anderson says, "Zions Bank is proud to support the Park City Education Foundation in its efforts to inspire excellence and innovation in the Park City School District. We share PCEF's devotion to student success and applaud its commitment to enhancing academic achievement."
Men4Ed Thirsty Thursday!
Join us on the first Thursday of the month for casual conversations about cool educational topics impacting our students!

Teacher Spotlight: Celebrating 30 Years
Throughout the year, as part of our 30th Anniversary Celebration, we will spotlight teachers and administrators who have been in the District for 30 years, or graduated 30 years ago!
Anne Jackman
  • 32 years teaching, all at Parley's Park
  • BA in in Physical Education and Health with a secondary teaching credential from the University of Utah, Elementary Education Certificate from Westminster College, Masters degree from Grand Canyon University in curriculum and instruction, Tech Endorsement
  • Taught PE, Music, 3rd, 4th, 5th grade, and PPES Instructional Coach
  • 5 children, all PCHS Grads, and 12 grandchildren, 5 of whom attend PCSD schools
I was born and raised in Salt Lake, and my husband and I moved up here 40 years ago. I've spent my entire teaching career at Parley's Park, since it opened in 1981! I took time off when my children were young, and was president of the PPES PTA for two years as well.

The biggest difference I have seen over the years is the diversity among our students. This diversity brought about needed change in curriculum and instructional practices to ensure that all students needs were being met.

One of my best memories is when Utah celebrated it's 100th year of statehood in 1996. My good friend and colleague the late Linda Crowther and I formed a 4th grade choral group. We traveled around the community performing songs and messages about the history of Utah representing PCSD.  These songs are still sung today as part of the 4th grade study of Utah. I still keep in touch with some of these students who now have children of their own.

There are many reasons I've been a teacher for so long: the excellent opportunities for professional growth, exceptional colleagues, high educational standards and a supportive community. PCEF is part of that supportive community.

For me, the biggest difference PCEF makes is providing funds for extra programs in the arts as well as the PACE (Program for Academic Challenge and Enrichment.) These programs allow an extended education for our students while supporting teachers with increasing curricular expectations. I have been a recipient of a teacher grant for new science scales for our hands-on science experiments, as well as benefited from  grants given to my colleagues here at PPES in all areas of study for my students.  
March Madness! PCEF's Many March Events:

Read Across America 3/2
Celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday is such a fun way to encourage a love of reading! So many volunteers read to students that PCEF was able to give away nearly 650 books for classroom libraries. Teachers, students, and volunteers all got into the spirit of the day. Thank you for instilling a love of reading in our students! 

Check out all the fun in this Facebook Album.
Read all about it in the Park Record
Watch it on KSL

Men4Ed Casino Night 3/11
Our annual Member/Guest Casino Night is always an awesome way for this group of guys doing good to come together, have fun and build our membership! We are always looking for a few good men to become involved with our childrens' education.

Special thanks to Ben Buehner for donating the space at the Hi Ute Ranch! Check out this fun Facebook Album.

Click here to join or learn more about Men4Ed.

Ideas to Impact 3/17
Every year, we invite our donors to see some of the programs they've funded, while enjoying Deer Valley's hospitality. Teachers showcase their grants and give short presentations on the impact made in their classrooms. 

It's one of our most inspiring events of the year! Many thanks to Deer Valley Resort for their support of Ideas to Impact.

Enjoy the photos on Facebook!

Golden Apple Sponsors:

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