Topeka Public Schools Foundation hosts several large fundraising events each year, providing engaging opportunities for people of all interests and income to support TPS students.
TPS Foundation Community Breakfast
The TPS Foundation Community Breakfast will be served on September 11, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. at the Topeka Ramada Inn Regency Ballroom. 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 for public education. This year's breakfast will be education superhero and patriotic themed, to honor both our educators and armed forces. If you or your organization are interested in being a sponsor for this year's breakfast, click here.
25th Annual Winfred Tidwell Memorial Fundraiser Golf Tournament
Topeka Public Schools Foundation held the 25th annual Winfred Tidwell Memorial Fundraiser Golf Tournament on May 25, 2018, at the beautiful Shawnee Country Club golf course. Proceeds from the tournament go to the TPS Foundation to support various TPS programs including scholarships and grants. Check back for information to participate in the 2019 tournament on June 6, 2019.
Winners from the 2018 tournaments are:
First Prize: First Flight/Mah’s Team
Second Prize: First Flight/Dean’s Team
Third Prize: First Flight/Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLC
First Prize: 2nd Flight/Control Service Company
Second Prize: 2nd Flight/Bauer’s Team
Third Prize: 2nd Flight/LSA/HTK
Hole Contest Winners
Closest to School House Rob Hayes
Straightest Drive: Men Tony Quinton
Straightest Drive: Women Lori Roenbaugh
Closest to Pin Steve Bryant
Longest Drive: Men Kurt Nieman
Longest Drive: Women Aryn McCoy
Closest to Pin Steve Bryant
Longest Putt Kellen Seitz
Silent Auction Winners
Bob Collie Power Bilt Driver
Charley Emmons Blue Tooth Speaker
Jerry Krueger Blue Tooth Headset
Rebecca Morrisey Wilson Putter
MajorSaver Discount Card Campaign
Each year, students across the district participate in the sale of MajorSaver Discount Cards. This campaign takes place in February each year. Funds that are raised support TPS programs and services. The MajorSaver Discount Card Campaign has brought $489,060 in total funding to the district. Thank you, for your continued support!
Buy a TPS Foundation Brick to Support Public Education
Wanting to leave a lasting impression on public education? By buying a TPS Foundaiton brick on the Walk of Honor entry at Burnett Administrative Center, you will not only be donating to the worthy cause of public education, but your gift and serivce will also be permanently memorialized. They can be purchased in honor of an individual, organization or school of your choice, and is 100 percent tax deductible. For more information or to purchase a life-changing brick, click here.
Target & TPS Foundation Partnership a Success
More than 40 Target associates were on hand to cheer and greet everyone entering Williams Magnet school building. They were present for the Target Day of Service on January 19. While the weather outside was cold and icy, they made the event inside feel warm, optimally energized and festive. The Target mascot, posters, colorful book bags, balloons and 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 and Williams received book bags filled with supplies and a MLK activity book. Special guests included key note speaker Dr. Angela Farris-Watkins, the niece of the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr., City Manager Jim Colson and 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 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.
TPS Foundation Celebrated 30 Years of Giving Back
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, fourth and fifth 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 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.