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Nan Chalat-Noaker, Editor, The Park Record

Teachers returned to their classrooms this week with large ambitions. They are aiming to set up their students for success and to enrich their lives like only a first-rate education can. But in Park City, they don’t have to do it alone.

Among the many annual rites that accompany the return of school, one stands out: The Park City Education Foundation is ramping up for another year of helping Park City schools deliver an excellent education.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

It would have been hard 30 years ago to predict what a $2,000 grant would portend for the future of Park City.

It was 1986 when a collection of dedicated residents formed a group as a sort of district-wide parent-teacher organization and gave out that grant, which sent two students to Stanford for a month-long science camp. Thirty years later, the organization’s name remains familiar: The Park City Education Foundation.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Adair Castro has always loved cars. An incoming 10th-grader at Park City High School, he dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer. He wants to learn how to take engines apart and put them back together.

He smiles as he describes what fulfilling that dream would mean to him, excitement jumping from his words.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

When Brad Gannon was young, he spent endless hours feeding his hunger for creativity, tinkering with objects and building things out of wood, plastic and clay. It wasn’t until his freshman year of college that he ever built something using a computer and 3-D modeling software.

Many students in Park City didn’t have to wait that long.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Kirsten Nilsson, like many in her line of work, is fighting an idealistic crusade. A librarian at the Summit County Library, she believes books possess a unique and unchallenged power. Words can motivate masses. A passage, penned with a thoughtful touch, can change the world.

Or, they can inspire just a single mind — and sometimes, she said, that’s just as important.

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Scott Iwasaki, The Park Record

It’s home to Olympian Devery Karz, who will compete in Rio in a few weeks. It’s the
town that Meghan Ricci of the Seattle University Women’s Rowing Team calls home and it’s where Niklaus Hess, a former international rower, founded Park City Rowing Academy.

That makes Park City a logical place to host a free sneak preview screening of Margaret Grossi’s documentary “Boys of ‘36,” at the Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium on Sunday, July 31, at 6 p.m.

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