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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Each year, the Park City Education Foundation doles out $55,000 in teacher grants, money that goes directly into classrooms to fund unique and innovative projects the school district can’t squeeze into its budget.

This year, however, the PCEF was the beneficiary of a $20,000 gift from an anonymous donor, allowing the foundation to hand out more teacher grants than usual. The impact, said Sara Hutchinson, PCEF program manager, will be felt in classrooms throughout the district, where dozens of teachers vie for grants each year.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

When Abi Kretschmar was a freshman, she was one of only a handful of students on the Park City High School debate team.

Three years later, those times are now a distant memory. Kretschmar, a senior, has watched as the team has grown steadily in participation — there are now more than 70 members — and in success. And this year, the students say, is shaping up to be their best yet.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

The first time she and her two children put on a taekwondo class for the Parley’s Park Elementary School after-school program last winter, Janice Ugaki began wondering if it had all been a misguided idea in the first place.

Students were rambunctious and unruly, practicing cartwheels and playing tag instead of listening to the instructors. Few seemed interested in actually learning martial arts.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Karen Hall knows as well as anyone how important it is for students with reading disabilities such as dyslexia to be diagnosed early in their lives.

Her son was diagnosed with the disorder when he was young, and while she had to advocate for him throughout his education, they were able to manage his dyslexia. In stark contrast, however, one of her son’s friends went undiagnosed for years. His reading struggles caused serious self-esteem issues.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Last year, the Park City Film Series partnered with the Park City Day School, Park City Education Foundation, Weilenmann School of Discovery, the Park City School District and the Sundance Institute to present a free screening of Greg Whitely’s documentary “Most Likely to Succeed.”

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

About a decade ago, Christina Baker Kline was visiting her in-laws in Fargo, North Dakota, when she stumbled on a story that would change her life.

When her husband’s grandfather was a child, she said, he was orphaned and put on a train to Jamestown, North Dakota. His experience was later featured in an article about orphan train riders, children shipped from the East Coast to the Midwest to join new families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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