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Park City Education Foundation gives students access to the arts and says donating even $1 will make a big difference in its annual fundraiser. PCEF is collaborating with the Kimball Art Center with the Elementary Visual Arts (EVA) program at three of the four elementary schools; Jeremy Ranch chose not to participate due to a previously existing art program.

Park City Education Foundation VP of Advancement Jennifer Billow and board member Laura Richey talk about the search for a new CEO for the Foundation, the Elementary Visual Arts program offered to all elementary schools in partnership with Kimball Art Center, and the "BEAT THE CALL" program September 18-30.

Park City High School jumped in the rankings of top Utah high schools according to U.S. News and World Report. Park City High School ranks fourth in Utah in the U.S. News and World Report high school rankings published Tuesday. Park City was slated at No. 21 in the state last year.

High schools across the nation were graded based on college readiness, state assessment performance and proficiency, graduation rate, underserved student performance, and college curriculum breadth. Park City HIgh School ranked #4 in Utah Rankings #802 in National Rankings, according the U.S. News report.

The Park City Education Foundation (PCEF) will host its annual Red Apple Gala the night of Saturday, September 30, at the Montage Deer Valley, from 6-11 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

The Beat The Call program runs from Sept.18 to Sept. 30 is an incentive to give before you get a phone call. When you give $180 (anytime before Sept. 30, 2023), you "Beat the Call" before PCEF calls with a request to give during its annual Phone-a-Thon.

It's hard to top the scores of the Park City School District, which Niche gives an A grade for academics, college prep, teachers, and clubs and activities. The student-teacher ratio is 18-to-1 and expenditures per student is $16,906.

A mobile information center was but a glimmer in the eye of the Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau. To bring this concept to life, it was brought to none other than…high school students—specifically, Park City High School’s Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program.

Having already made contributions for affordable housing, child care and trails, Vail Resorts’ EpicPromise Foundation has now committed a quarter of a million dollars to ensure quality, affordable preschool for young children in Park City.

In collaboration with Vail Resorts EpicPromise, Park City Mountain has made a substantial commitment of $250,000 to the Park City Education Foundation. This generous contribution aims to bolster preschool programs in the Park City School District (PCSD).

Abby McNulty, the current president and CEO of the Park City Education Foundation (PCEF), recently announced a career change and will leave her position with the PCEF.

It’s a 15-year journey for a student who starts preschool at age 3 to graduate from high school. That’s also how long Abby McNulty will have been the head of the Park City Education Foundation after she steps down from the position next month.

After 15 years of heading up the Park City Education Foundation, Abby McNulty is moving on and has been named as the vice president of institutional advancement at Salt Lake Community College starting Aug. 1.

As of May, eight hard-working, first generation students - from the first two cohorts of Park City Education Foundation's Bright Futures initiative - have graduated from college. "I have a lot of plans, and I have a lot of options, too," said Bright Futures student Lindsay Carreto. "I will be the first in my family to graduate from college, and that is a big deal." Alongside Lindsay, six other BF students: Jenifer Celestino, Isaac Cortés, Cristopher Mora-Rubio, Ashley Nava, Heidy Onofre Hernandez, Ramsey Rea, and Yetzza Sanchez, will also be the first in their families to earn college degrees.

Each year, the Excellent Educator Award is voted on by teachers within each school.

Eight Park City School District teachers were recently honored with the annual Education Foundation Excellent Educator awards. The foundation also handed out $250,000 for classroom grants with the proceeds from this year’s Running with Ed fundraiser.

Park City High School Latinos in Action co-presidents Arantza Pedraza and Jose Hernandez-Bello became the first in their families to graduate on Friday. The co-presidents of Latinos in Action discussed the challenges, and pride, of being first generation students.

"After a winter of record-setting snowfall, even the most avid powder hounds among us were ready for this spring’s annual rite of passage.

On Saturday, May 20, our community came together to support educators, students, and schools in the best way possible, in the jubilant celebration that is the Park City Education Foundation’s Running with Ed!"

The Park City High School drama and theater department just wrapped one of its biggest years, as seen by the accolades it received from the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards, hosted by the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater in Logan earlier this month.

The Park City Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Running with Ed, brought out thousands of people in the community over the weekend and raised more than $350,000 for education. Running with Ed is one of the education foundation’s annual fundraisers and has become a Park City tradition, 14 years and counting.

Eight Parkites are the first in their families to earn a degree this spring. Bright Futures was launched by the Park City Education Foundation in partnership with the Park City School District seven years ago as a way to address structural inequity challenges that Park City-area students incur when trying to attend and complete secondary education. The local program specifically addresses first-generation students, nearly all of whom are Latino and whose families face income barriers.

Park City Education Foundation started the Bright Futures Program in 2016 as a platform that supports students who are the first in their families to go to college. It’s a banner year for Park City’s Bright Futures Program. Its first class of students is graduating from college this spring. Isaac Cortés is one of several students from the first Bright Futures who is graduating.

The Mindful Child Project strives to teach Park City School District’s youngest students about social and emotional learning. School is where children learn about reading, math and science. But what if it could also be the place where they discover self-confidence, how to calm their minds, and the right words to articulate a feeling? For the youngest students in the Park City School District, that’s exactly what the Mindful Child Project has provided.

Running with Ed Chair and Park City Education Board Member, Christine Grenney, and Vice President of Advancement for Park City Education Foundation, Jennifer Billow, provide details on the upcoming event on May 20, 2023.

RWE 2023 is ready to roll!

There’s a buzz in the air at Ecker Hill Middle School every Thursday. Each week, students receiving special education services make the rounds with carts stocked full of customary coffee, tasty tea and other satisfying snacks to help teachers fuel their mornings.

Park City Education Foundation wants to give a leg up to parents, guardians and caretakers of tweens and teens who are attending the area’s middle, junior high and high schools.

So the nonprofit will host “How to Best Support Your Child in Grades 6-12,” the final Educator and Student Wellness Series panel discussion for the 2022-2023 school year, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at Kiln, 1090 Center Drive at Kimball Junction.

Running with Ed, a fundraiser supporting education in Park City, is slated for May 20, 2023. Jennifer Billow, the Vice President of Advancement for the Park City Education Foundation, and Allison Zarkos, a Board Member, discussed the format of the event, the course, after party, costume competition and prizes for students fundraisers as well as the need for volunteers.

PCSD celebrates its administrative professionals; the Student Service Award applications are open; and Visual Arts in the Park City School District.

PARK CITY, Utah — Registration is now open for the award-winning 14th annual fun run hosted by the Park City Education Foundation (PCEF), benefiting the Park City School District.

This, the biggest PCEF fundraiser of the year, and involves families, teachers, non-school-district-related locals, visitors, first-time runners, and pros. You do not need to run to donate.

Jennifer Billow, PCEF's Associate Director of Communications and Development, discusses two of PCEF's upcoming events on KPCW.

- "How To Best Support Your Child Grades 6 - 12" on April 27
- Running with Ed fundraiser on May 20

PARK CITY, Utah — Approximately 30 Park City High School students presented in the first round of the Invest Nest competition, an entrepreneurial pitch contest, which was then reduced to 17 in round two. Eight made it to the final round.

Thirty-four students involved in the PCCAPS Business Solutions program entered the competition. Eight Park City High School students will compete in a final round of judging for cash prizes in the Invest Nest entrepreneurial challenge.

Invest Nest is an entrepreneurial pitch competition for high school students. High school student Savannah Tary is the student director of the program.

Approximately 30 Park City High School students presented in the first round of the Invest Nest competition, an entrepreneurial pitch contest, which was then reduced to 17 in round two. Eight made it to the final round.

Jill Kopish, after-school STEM and Science teacher, has inspired and supported students in Park City School District for over eight years in different capacities and developed the alien autopsy activity [for students in PCSD's after-school programs] with inspiration from a math lesson developed by Linda Hilton, a fifth-grade teacher at Jeremy Ranch Elementary.

With 26 teams competing within the toughest regions of the state, the Park City High School Speech and Debate team finished in 2nd place at the state competition, with numerous team members earning individual recognition.

“I feel lucky these last 35 years to be able to watch these kids grow. I’ve taught students of my students that I had in kindergarten 33 years ago. I feel that I’ve formed a lot of friendships, and that’s still the heart of Park City; these people who left and came back as adults. It’s still a small town, even with all the growth. It’s a great place to be and a great place to teach,” [Kathy] Anderson said.

Kathy Anderson, the Park City School District's Preschool Director, receives Mary Olsen Friend of Children award from the Utah Early Education Association during its annual conference. Anderson helped build the preschool program from its start in 2011 and is expected to retire in June.

After-school students enrolled in Camp Hawk participated in a community service project to support Nuzzles and Co-Adoption Center on March 10 at Jeremy Ranch Elementary.

“I wanted to do a project that resonates more with elementary school children, and what better than animals, said Helen Hanahan, after-school coordinator.

Park City Education Foundation Associate Director of Communications and Development Jen Billow announces the 2023 fundraiser, "Running with Ed" on May 20, 2023.

PARK CITY, Utah — Running With Ed (RWE), the celebratory relay race fundraiser for the Park City Education Foundation raises money for Park City teachers, students, and schools. For nine years running, pun very much intended, RWE has been voted Park City’s Best Fundraiser. Race registration opens March 1.

Updates to PCSD’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program

CTE seeks to cultivate the potential in all students by integrating rigorous instruction with relevant experiences that empower, guide and inspire them beyond our education system. PCSD connects the academic, employability and technical skills that prepare our students for the challenges of post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.

Flight simulation AT SCHOOL(!); continuing education with Air and Space Force; Ecker Hill Middle School students Sundance; A FREE in-person workshop for parents of students with IEPs; and your chance to join an online parent book study...

Abby McNulty weighs in on the importance of Preschool education on Local News Hour with Leslie Thatcher.
~ PCEF Support: A Critical Piece of the Solution for our Childcare Desert
~ How Preschool Creates a HUGE Impact on our Children and our Community
~ An Upcoming Virtual Visit

PARK CITY, Utah – Every February, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) community celebrates CTE Month to raise awareness of CTE's role in readying learners for college and career success. Park City High School's Health Science Career Pathway teaches students how to save lives....

“I am absolutely amazed at how many [CTE] pathways we are opening up, and we have such a fantastic community that supports these programs, including the Park City Education Foundation and other entities,” said [second-year teacher Meagan] Shaw.

Fortunately, with the generous support of the Park City Education Foundation, Park City High School was able to purchase three flight simulators and several different types of drones for the new CTE pathway.

PARK CITY, Utah — The Park City preschool registration lottery is now open for the 2023-2024 school year. In the future, more spots will be available to applicants than ever before.

PARK CITY, Utah — The Park City Education Foundation (PCEF) will host its third annual virtual grandparent-grandchild art lesson, taught by Melissa Allen, Park City School District’s Elementary Visual Art (EVA) specialist, and an instructor at Parley’s Park Elementary School.

Thanks to the partnership of PCEF and Kimball Art Center, Park City's elementary school students are able to learn art in the classroom. Abby McNulty, President and CEO of PCEF, discusses why art is so critical for learning with KPCW's Local News Hour host Leslie Thatcher.

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    Cathy and Mark Lanigan
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    The Franklin and Debbie Morton Charitable Fund
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