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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Summer school is in session, but it doesn’t look much like the images most people conjure when they hear that term.

Students in the Park City School District’s summer program don’t simply read from textbooks, and there are no tests at the end of the summer. Instead, students entering first through sixth grades get to do things such as build rockets, mechanical claws and electromagnetic motors.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

When engineer Mike Wong and three students in the Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies program finished their semester project, they had no way to know that it would morph into a lasting business.

Two years later, though, the company born from the product they created in class is trying to become a player in the fierce national toy market. 

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Abby McNulty, executive director of the Park City Education Foundation, remembers being astounded when she was introduced to a man who started a program in Los Angeles designed to give at-risk students a better shot at graduating college.

"Those of us who were in the room when he started talking about it thought, ‘Oh my gosh, what an amazing opportunity to be able to do something like that here in Park City,’" she said. "So for the last couple years, we’ve been dreaming of it."

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Janice Ugaki’s favorite grant the Park City Education Foundation funded this spring was far from the largest.

The grant, called Wild Wonders, will provide hands-on experiences with animals and reptiles for kindergarten students at Trailside Elementary School. The cost of the program is $840, but the value it will provide is much larger than that.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

At the beginning of the school year, Nayely Velazquez sat down with Anna Williams, Park City High School’s Latinos in Action adviser, and spilled her emotions.

Velazquez, a junior at PCHS, told Williams that she wanted to be a leader in the school’s Hispanic community but she was afraid people would judge her for her past. Williams told her not to pay attention to anyone who did. Then she laid out a series of goals she wanted Velazquez to reach by the end of the year.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

The surprise hit Steve Cuttitta when he saw children carrying a large paper banner that had two words painted on it: Congratulations Steve.

He didn’t get into teaching to win an award. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t feel good. Cuttitta, an English teacher at Park City High School, on Friday was given the Stephen and Sarah Doilney Award, an honor voted on by the senior class.

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