Ideas to Impact: College and Career Readiness  
"I'm thankful for PCEF's contributions. Many of my experiences preparing me for college would not have happened if PCEF had not helped fund them."

PCHS senior Graydon Russell has been actively involved in the Technology Student Association (TSA) since 10th grade. He credits his involvement with TSA in playing a critical role in preparing him for success at college. "I learned a lot of teamwork skills. TSA helped me develop a talent for communicating my ideas, presenting projects and working with others to make ideas come to fruition," noted Graydon.

The TSA is one of several programs supported by PCEF donors providing Park City students access to education and experiences that prepare them for college or a career after high school. Latinos in Action (LIA) and Bright Futures also prepare Park City kids for college, and the National Competition Fund helps with expensive travel costs when academic clubs earn the opportunity to head to Nationals.

 All of PCHS's LIA seniors will head off to college this fall.  "LIA was the class where I had my first conversation about what college is and what it can do for you. I have a place to talk about common experiences I share with my peers," commented Angel Lopez, one of four finalists statewide for the senior Latinos in Action scholarship. "A lot of the successes I've had I would credit to PCEF because they fund programs that help me build character as a person and a leader."

Sadie Ortiz is in both LIA and Bright Futures. "Bright Futures has given me confidence to know I can get to college and that my goals are attainable." 

Mina Berglund, PCHS Class of 2014 and recent graduate of Pomona College, recalls her high school experience competing on the national stage for Future Business Leaders of America. "It helped me get a taste of what it was going to be like outside of the Park City bubble. 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." 

Thank you PCEF donors, for supporting our students' college dreams!

See where the Class of 2017 went to college (2018 still being compiled.)
Check out this video about Bright Futures.
Read about Angel's scholarship from LIA in the Park Record.
Read this Park Record article about the PCHS students who participated and placed in this year's Utah TSA Competition.
Thanks to your generosity, PCEF  was able to fund over $340,000 in College and Career Readiness programs in the Park City School District this year!

Running with Ed - Last Day to Vote!
Thank You - You Helped Us Raise Over $240,000 for PCEF
Programs Going Beyond What Public Education Provides!

Teachers, students, families, friends, colleagues - 1475 of you were Running with Ed! Thank you for making this one of the most joyous days of the year!

If you had a great time, please vote for us in the Park Record Best of Park City Awards. Voting end at midnight tonight, May 31st! 

Best Athletic Competition = Running with Ed


Best Fundraising Event = Running with Ed

Thank you to:
  • Our fabulous sponsors
  • The PCSD school PTO's, principals, and Jaybird, cotopaxi, and Westgate for the excellent exchanges
  • 180 PCSD teachers and staff who ran in the race!
  • Incredibly generous donors to team fundraising
  • Team Captains (we know it's a big job!) and student fundraisers (you rock!)
  • In-Kind donors
  • Nearly 200 volunteers!
  • RWE Committee
Find race results, costume, exchange, and Park City Mountain Grant winners here.
Check out your friends and family (and maybe yourself!) in the RWE Video
Read about it in the Park Record

Save the Date for May 18th, 2019!
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Donor Spotlight: Why We Give
John and Mindy Halsey

John and Mindy Halsey moved their family to Park City from Connecticut in 2005. "John was a grad of University of Arizona, and he always wanted to live out west. We both wanted to raise our family with a more active, outdoor lifestyle. We visited and even bought property in some Western towns, but it was the schools in Park City that really stood out to us."
Their boys, in 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade at the time, all went to McPolin. "I started volunteering in the classroom and I heard about PCEF. I became the PCEF ambassador for McPolin, and then a board member. At the time, PCEF was struggling, and I wanted to help make an impact. Our first big decision was to make a commitment to the McPolin Afterschool program before we even had the money for it.
"It was a big risk, but it paid off. I'm really proud of the fact that over the past 10 years, PCEF grew from that one impactful program to the nearly 100 we fund every year. I've loved seeing LIA grow, seeing those students turn into community leaders. And the Author-in-Residence program, to see how it's grown into the One Book One Community program, into this community-wide discussion including lots of people who have nothing to do with the school district.
"I think it's important to support ALL kids, not just my own. It's really the cornerstone of our democracy to have an educated populace, and public education is the way we educate 90% of our kids. I may not have a say in that at the national level, but I can make a difference at the local level."
Men4Ed Funds $20,000 in Programs Outside the Classroom!

Men4Ed is thrilled to announce the recipients of the inaugural Men4Ed grant! This grant funds approximately $20,000 toward educational programs that meet the following criteria:
  • Be a worthy club, sport, or activity that is tied to Park City School District
  • Program or activity must take place outside of the classroom
  • Program or activity must support Men4Ed's mission of being "Champions of the Underfunded."


Selecting final grant recipients is always a challenge as there are so many incredible teachers and community members leading and championing meaningful, high impact programs. Thank you to all who applied. You may find the grant recipients and programs here.
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May EVA Lesson

The May  EVA lesson featured Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 - 2000) was an Austrian-born artist and architect who worked also in the field of environmental protection. Hundertwasser first achieved notoriety for his boldly-colored paintings, he is more widely known for his imaginative architectural designs. 

After an overview of landscape techniques, students will use a scratchboard to create an imaginative landscape in the style of Hundertwasser.

EVA is a collaboration between the  Kimball Art Center and PCEF. PCEF donors provide $90,000 to fund EVA.

Thank you to  Zions Bank for its support of EVA!
Teacher Spotlight: Kyle Fish

  • Started teaching in 2014 and has always been in the Park City School District 
  • Teaches (10-12) Fine Art Filmmaking courses, CTE TV and Video Production courses, and Film Studies (criticism)
  • BA in Film Studies, University of Michigan; MA in Teaching, Westminster
  • Wife (Katy) and two kids (5) and (2) as well 9-month-old foster child
        • Hobbies include Photography, Filmmaking, and telling jokes to his kids

"I didn't expect to be a teacher until I became one. I found in teaching a way to pursue a career I love (Filmmaking)  without   sacrificing my ability to have a family and a lifestyle outside of that field. As a bonus, I think the students are great and I enjoy teaching them," said Kyle.

"A lot of things keep me teaching, but mostly it is the interactive nature of teaching. That is the best thing about it. Teaching is about people, and you never know what you're going to get. I'm running the show but there is room for spontaneity and that keeps things fun and interesting."

"I've written a few PCEF grants for the Filmmaking program at PCHS that involved expanding what the facility can do for the students. One was to make a sound-proof recording booth, another was for building a movie set, and there was a third one for equipment support."

"As a Fine Arts teacher, I've can see the impact that PCEF support has had, because it has helped programs like Filmmaking which have developed into self-sustaining educational opportunities for our PC students."

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