Ideas to Impact: Your Gifts at Work
PCHS Kids Get What They Need to be Successful In College
"Competing on a national stage helped me get a taste of what it was going to be like outside of the Park City bubble. I was able to step outside of my comfort zone in a similar way that I do in college now. I started to understand what it was like to be surrounded by other students who had very similar drive and accomplishments, and began to learn how to collaborate and compete with them in a productive way."
- Mina Berglund, PCHS Class of 2014, Pomona College Class of 2018

Your gifts help PCEF provide unmatched opportunities for our high school students! Thanks to you, we provide:

Support to send 7 Technology Student Association (TSA) students and coach Jordan Ulrich to Nationals in Orlando this summer through PCEF's National Academic Competition Fund. 

They qualified in three categories, one of which was On Demand Video. The students had 6 hours from assignment to finish to create a video using a watch, shoelaces, and a cup of coffee. These students are also part of the top-ranked PCHS film program, taught by Kyle Fish.

Watch the  winning video here .

Support to send the State Champion Ethics team and Coach Matt Nagel to Nationals at University of North Carolina, through PCEF's National Academic Competition Fund.

Support to send Future Business Leaders of America Coach Chris Wood and 13 students to Nationals in Anaheim through PCEF's National Academic Competition Fund. They qualified by taking 1st or 2nd place in six different categories at State.

Support of Latinos in Action. 100% of LIA seniors are graduating and going to college this fall! Thanks to our donors, PCEF supports LIA from 6th - 12th grade.

Support to send the State Champion Debate Team qualifiers and their coach, Sharon Ellsworth-Neilson, to Nationals in Alabama this summer, through PCEF's National Competition Fund. Debate has grown from 15 students in 2011 to over 70 today, with PCEF support.

Support of the Bright Futures program, PCEF's initiative to teach first generation kids 'college-knowledge' and equip them with the skills to get to, and through, college. The inaugural class of thirty 10th graders started this year. 

PCHS Class of 2014 grad, former LIA President, and future teacher Rebeca Gonzalez, herself a first-generation college student, is the Coordinator.

Support for the Robotics Club, which sent the first team from Utah to the World Championships in Houston. They went all the way to the semi-finals! PCEF donors provide the majority of funding for this club, which has grown from one team of 8 kids to nine teams and 60 students!

Support for the ground-breaking Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies ( PCCAPS) program, which had two teams win  Edison Awards this year, and another in the top five for the Utah Entreprenuer Challenge.

Support for PC Bands, which had 8 of their performing ensembles go to State (an unprecedented number,) and 8 solo/small groups go to State. The Marching Band performed at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and was immediately invited to play at the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, in 2019.

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1) What is your favorite PCEF Program?
2) What do you wish PCEF would fund?
Be Informed, Get Educated!
Be sure to keep up on the latest with the open School Board seat, Start Times, the School Bond,and Realignment! The PCSD website is a great place to start, learn more ways to stay informed and give your input.
Why We Give: Chris and Jen Infurchia/Ragnar Relay
Infurchia Family
"We only planned on staying for two years," says Ragnar CEO Chris Infurchia. "I was asked to come out from Connecticut eight years ago to help Ragnar Relay. I thought it was crazy, until I saw one race, and I was hooked. We moved to Park City, as it was beautiful and we heard the schools were good. After a year and a half, Jen said, let's buy a house!"
"Ragnar was growing quickly, and we decided to focus our charity work on two areas - kids and fitness. We created the Extra Mile program, where we give back to the towns that host our races. We knew we could make a big difference for kids through PCEF, and Running with Ed was a natural! Now, it's a pride thing - we want RWE to succeed as much as we want Ragnar to succeed. We are proud it's become such a great event for the whole community.
"I chose to live in Park City, and I want Ragnar to be a good community member. We are working hard to make sure that happens, so Ragnar won't have a negative impact on the quality of life here.
"For my family personally, I know that there is a village here that has my kids' back. It's refreshing that we all come together, and if we can, we donate. I don't do it begrudgingly - I trust that our gifts to PCEF will be used well. For me, I can see it in real time, and know that my dollars are making a difference. That is clarity."
Thank You Park City - Running with Ed 2017 Was the Best Yet!
Wow! What a day!!! 

Beautiful weather, amazing energy, smiling faces, incredible volunteers, beyond generous donations, epic exchanges, creative costumes, lots of fun, lots of laughs - a truly amazing day!

 Thanks to our 1300 runners, 100+ volunteers, the epic exchanges, our sponsors, our fundraising partners and generous donors.

PCSD TEACHERS AND STAFF ROCK! Over 160 teachers and staff ran the race. Many more volunteered as well!

We did it! Over $275,000 raised for PCEF! 
Our schools, students, and teachers are the real winners!

Teacher Spotlight: Celebrating 30 Years
Throughout the year, as part of our 30th Anniversary Celebration, we will spotlight teachers and administrators who have been in the District for 30 years, or graduated 30 years ago! 

PC: Bubba Brown
Patti Davis
- First Grade teacher at Jeremy Ranch Elementary

-44 years teaching/39 in PCSD

-BS in Elementary Education with a Fine Arts Minor from the University of Utah, ESL Endorsement

-One daughter graduating from the U this year

-Patti is retiring this year!

We feel the article just written by The Park Record's Education reporter, Bubba Brown, is a wonderful tribute to Patti and her career. Be sure to read it: After 44 Years, Jeremy Ranch Teacher Retires.

We love this quote from our own interview with Patti: " I have so many memories of my lovely students. They have made me laugh and they have made me cry.  They have made me a better person. During my first year of teaching, I was the only first grade teacher in PC.  Many of my families were out of work and the children had very little. I had one little girl in my class who was very needy.  She looked worn and sad.  One day during our cold PC winter, as we walked out to recess, she said to me, "Teacher, can I hold your hand, I left my pockets home?"  I will always have a hand for a student with or without pockets.
EVA (Elementary Visual Art) Lesson for May: Utah Plein Air

Students learned about Plein Air (French for "open air" or "outside") painting and Plein Air Utah artists such as Doug Braithwaite, John Hughes, Susan Gallacher, Kate Starling, Roland Lee, Suzette Gertsch and more. 

Understanding that there are many ways to draw and paint outside, students will review landscape painting basics and head outside to create their own Plein Air landscape in its natural setting with natural light.

Thanks to our donors, PCEF provides over $90,000 per year for the EVA program
THE 5K on Memorial Day!
  • The PCHS National Honor Society is hosting the 8th annual PC Memorial 5K 
  • After a tough year, our community will gather together to remember lost loved ones, and run or walk to raise money for
    • Senior Scholarships
    • Homeless Youth Resource Center
    • Yearly NHS Humanitarian Trip
  • Food, prizes, opportunity drawings, and live music! 

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