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  • TPS Foundation hosts several large fund-raising events each year providing engaging opportunities for people of all interests and income to support area students.

    Topeka Public Schools Foundation celebrating 30th anniversary!

    The Topeka Public Schools Foundation will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on Tuesday, January 19th. To celebrate this occasion, Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be speaking to students about Dr. King’s legacy of service. Third, 4th and 5th graders from Scott Magnet, Ross Elementary and Williams Magnet will be in attendance for the presentation.

    Target, a TPSF business partner, will have associates on hand to greet the students. Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast, the Highland Park High School chorus and the Topeka Metro Rosa Parks bus will also be featured at the event.

    "The Foundation, along with our business partner, Target, are proud to begin our 30th year of service to Topeka Public Schools by bringing in the noted Dr. Angela Farris Watkins to help our students understand firsthand a legacy of caring and service. Dr. King had a vision that poverty and racism would be eliminated and that quality schools would one day be a given for all. There is still work to be done on that front and it is our job to keep that hope alive," said Pamela Johnson-Betts, Executive Director of the Topeka Public Schools Foundation.

    MajorSaver Discount Card Campaign

    Cards which grant the bearer a discount at several Topeka area retailers are sold by elementary and middle school students, and are available online as well. This campaign takes place in February each year. Funds raised support TPS programs and services. In 2016, the campaign dates will run as follows:

    February 1-3, 2016: Major Saver Kick Off Assemblies

    February 8-16, 2016: Major Savor Collections

    February 17, 2016: Major Savor Follow Up

    24th Annual Win Tidwell Memorial Golf Tournament

    The annual Win Tidwell Tournament will be held this year on June 9, 2017, at Lake Shawnee. Registration and lunch will be at 11:00a. Shotgun starts at 12:30p and is open to all who would like to participate.  Funds raised from the Golf Tournament are mainly used to support the Educational Grant Programs. Contact Pamela Johnson-Betts at or 295-3018 to register. Registration will close on June 2, 2017. Get the early bird special and register before May 1st to get $5 off your registration fee.

    Foundation Community Breakfast

    The Seventh annual Topeka Public Schools Foundation Community Breakfast is Sold Out

    This is a very special event as the Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Dr. Tiffany Anderson the newly appointed superintendent of Topeka Public Schools will give the State of the District address. The Foundation's 2016 Patron Award honoring community Louise Hummer will also be awarded.

    The community has embraced this event each year. However, the response this year has been unprecedented. We set a goal for this event of raising $30,000 in celebration of the Foundation's 30th year and the goal has been met!

    Thank you, Topeka!! You acted on your awareness of the crucial role public education plays in our community. We could not continue our mission of providing assistance to Topeka Public Schools without your support!

    As state funding for public education continues to diminish, the Topeka Public Schools needs our support more than ever. In response to this challenge, our Foundation has set a goal of raising $100,000 for the 2016 – 2017 school year. The funding will be used to support Topeka Public School innovations for students and educators that otherwise would be beyond TPS budget constraints.

    We hope you will act upon your awareness of the crucial role public education plays in our community and sign on as a sponsor Sponsorship Pledge Form or purchase a ticket. While we are encouraging sponsorships, a few individual $40 tickets are being made available so that individuals not associated with a company or organization can join us. Tickets will be available on a first come basis. No tickets will be sent, your canceled check will serve as your reservation/confirmation. If you can’t join us but want to contribute, send your donation to TPS Foundation, P.O. Box 5883, Topeka, Kansas 66605. For additional information, call Terri (785-295-3024) or e-mail

    We look forward to celebrating with you on September 7th!

    Target/TPS Foundation Partnership A Success

    40 or more Target associates were on hand to cheer and greet everyone entering Williams Magnet school building.  They were  present for the Target Day of Service January 19th and while the weather outside was cold and icy they made the event inside  feel warm, optimally energized & festive. The Target mascot, posters and an array of colorful book bags, balloons & music greeted all that attended and served to add to the ambiance and significance of the day.

    The atmosphere in the gym was electrifying. Foundation director, Pamela Johnson-Betts stated "How very blessed we are that TPS youth were "targeted" for gifts  to help the local Target distributor to do their annual day of service helping us kick off 30 years of service and care we have contributed to TPS all while celebrating MLK day!"

    Elementary students from Ross, Scott & Williams received book bags filled with supplies and a MLK activity book and were recipients of special guests including key note speaker  Dr Angela Farris-Watkins, the niece of the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr., City Manager Jim Colson & Target Senior Group Leader, Christopher Rogers.

    Christopher Rogers summed up the event by saying "this was an amazing day...I'm in awe of the power of it"

    The event also was used to showcase the talent of public school students including students in the HPH Chamber Choir directed by Dr Patrick Kitendo and THS student Oladele Adegbore.