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 celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. To celebrate this occasion, Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to students about Dr. King’s legacy of service. Third, 4th and 5th graders from Scott Magnet, Ross Elementary and Williams Magnet were in attendance for the presentation.
Target, a TPSF business partner, had associates on hand to greet the students. Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast, the Highland Park High School chorus and the Topeka Metro Rosa Parks bus were also 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
Each year students across the district participate in the sell of MajorSaver Discount Cards. This campaign takes place in February each year. Funds raised support TPS programs and services. Check back for more information on this program.
24th Annual Win Tidwell Memorial Golf Tournament
The annual Win Tidwell Tournament was held on June 9, 2017, at Lake Shawnee. We would like to say thank you to everyone who participated, and our sponsors. Funds raised from the Golf Tournament are mainly used to support the Educational Grant Programs. This year's winners are:Flight One:
- First Prize: Team Brier Payne Meade; Denny Payne, Brett Gamso, Greg Sherwood, & Larry Brueinger
- Second Prize: Team Major Saver; Tim Burt, Tyler Goecker, Jake Desselle, & Rob Desselle
- Third Prize tie; Bogey Men, Brandt Betts, John O'Very, Nick Lockrow & Jackson Foth. Hyman Dental Lab: Dusty Workman, Steve Workman, Lane Workman & Brent Jones
- First Prize:Team Kelly, Cindy Kelly, Bob Kelly, Dick Koontz & Chuck Shoemaker
- Second Prize: CoreFirst, Garry Cushinberry, Dale Cushinberry, Joe Nicoletti & Gary Gifford
- Third Prize: State Farm, Sue Zientara, Larry Zientara, Debbie Pollom & Don Pollom
- Closest To School House: Pat Nash
- Closest To Pin: Jake Desselle
- Longest Drive (women): Debbie Pollom
- Longest Drive (men): Andy Hess
- Longest Putt On The Green: Chris Stemler
- Straightest Drive(men): Zach Snethen
- Closest To School House: Dusty Workman
- Straightest Drive ( woman): Sue Zientara
- Longest Putt Made: Brandt Betts
Foundation Community Breakfast
The 8th Annual Community Breakfast Set for September 12, 2017
We could not continue our mission of providing assistance to Topeka Public Schools without your support, and the Community Breakfast is a great way to show your support of public education.
As state funding for public education continues to diminish, the Topeka Public Schools needs our support more than ever.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.