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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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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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