Jade and David Walsh left Boston for the west 20 years ago. "David had been stationed in Twin Falls, ID when he was young, and fell in love with nearby Jackson Hole. Once we retired, we thought, why not move there?
"As our daughters married and had kids, they wanted to leave the city life of Boston. They both moved to Park City as it was close to us, but an easier town to have a young family and career. Our grandchildren went to McPolin"
Long before she had grandkids in school, though, Jade was passionate about public education. She has a master's in education and taught in a Title 1 school in Boston. She was later elected to the school board. "It was one of the most rewarding and challenging times of my life. People would show up in droves for a high school mascot decision, and then no one would participate in decisions on re-writing the curriculum!
"I helped start the education foundation in Framingham, and my daughters told me about PCEF here. When I heard there was no professionally taught elementary art program, it was an easy decision for David and me to support EVA.
"Bottom line, public ed is THE cornerstone of a democracy. That is how the next generation gets to know itself, and learn about the richness of diversity in our society! PCEF supports so many diverse programs here, it makes our public schools even better."