History | The First 10 Years . . . March 2003 Commenced operations with eight, $100 contributions from founding board members. August 2004 Awarded first two $500 scholarships to PHS graduating seniors. September 2004 Awarded first two USD 503 teacher mini-grants totaling $549. May 2005 Established first memorial for long-time Parsons Junior High teacher, Doug Phillips. Through subsequent fundraising efforts, this memorial has grown to over $50,000 and will provide $2,500 in annual scholarships to PHS students for the next 50+ years. May 2006 Received $21,000 investment security donation from a local Parsons couple to enhance the pre-engineering programs at PHS. May 2006 PEF surpasses $50,000 in assets under management. May 2007 PEF sponsors the inaugural PEF/PHS Scholarship and Awards Banquet at the Parsons Country Club with over 175 people in attendance. Sixteen scholarships totaling $8,400 were awarded to PHS graduating seniors. May 2006 PEF surpasses $100,000 in assets under management. March 2011 Received the first contribution of a total $50,000 commitment from the Agnes Coppedge Savage and Grace Coppedge White Trust. Contributions from the Trust will be used to assist the educational endeavors of foster children. April 2011 PEF surpasses $150,000 in assets under management. July 2011 PEF became affiliated with the Parsons Area Community Foundation to gain assistance with day-to-day accounting and regulatory compliance duties. October 2011 PEF exceeds the $200,000 mark of funds injected into the local community since the organization’s March 2003 inception. November 2011 Received a $50,000 bequest from the Naomi E. (Grommett) Creager Trust to benefit educational initiatives for USD 503 children related to agriculture and farming. February 2012 PEF surpasses $200,000 in assets under management. The Next 10 Years . . . Continue to sponsor the PEF/PHS Scholarship and Awards Banquet each year and expand the number and total dollar amount of scholarships beyond the current 20 scholarships that equate to $20,000 annually. Increase support to the teacher mini-grant program for USD 503 staff beyond the current approximate $5,000 annual commitment. Grow the present $220,000+ in funds under management with a special emphasis on increasing unrestricted donations to allow for additional flexibility for supporting USD 503 goals and objectives. The current public school budgetary environment does not allow for supplemental instruction opportunities such as those related to fine arts education, physical education, career and technical education, and gifted education. The PEF can make a difference in these and other important areas. Due to the high poverty rates in the local area, the typical USD 503 student is not afforded the opportunity to travel outside the city limits of Parsons for family-initiated education. There exist wonderful educational opportunities within commuting distance of USD 503 schools. The PEF can serve as a mechanism with which this special fieldtrip-based learning can be funded. Recent changes away from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards to what is referred to as the Common Core, strive for all students to be career and college ready by the time they graduate from high school. The Common Core reverts back to old school teaching philosophies whereby students are taught to think critically, analyze information, and communicate both written and verbally. Through teacher mini-grants, special project funding, and professional development resources, the PEF can assist USD 503 staff in this renewed effort to educate students for career and college readiness.

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