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  • Looking Back on a Brilliant Idea!

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    Written by Dr. Sandra B. Woitas
    Founding Director of the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation

    What Do You Do With An Idea? is an award winning children’s book written through the eyes of a hopeful child – a boy who has a brilliant idea and brings it into the world. Much like this inspirational story, in 2009 Bev Esslinger who at the time was the Chair of the Edmonton Public Schools Board of Trustees had her own brilliant idea of planting a seed and growing a friendraising and fundraising arm for the Division. Along with her visionary Board members, they established a Foundation focused on broadening support for public education and student success.

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  • Thank You for Making Dreams Take Flight

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    Written by Alva Shewchuk,
    Fund Development Associate

    What I’ve learned in the last 10 years is that the sky’s the limit when it comes to the community who believes in investing in public education and in children’s futures!

    It started at the Foundation’s Dreams Take Flight launch on February 10, 2010, which was an exhilarating day for all. More than 200 excited members of Edmonton’s diverse community converged on Highlands School to help us celebrate. And, a celebration it was! Everywhere you looked, students were showcasing the outstanding work happening in schools. The Highlands Cheer Team was performing stunts in the hallways, artwork was displayed everywhere and student greeters were taking guests to see classrooms in action and to meet community partners. A student emceed the celebration, which featured brilliant performances by students from the Virginia Park School Choir and the Lillian Osborne School Musical Theatre Group. Another highlight of the day was the introduction of the Foundation Board members and unveiling of our Foundation’s community-friendly logo.

     

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  • Memorable Moments of the Decade

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    As we celebrate a decade of helping more kids succeed in learning, we reflect on some of the impact stories that have emerged.

    At our 2017 Ready for Life Breakfast, we heard Jagtar Parhar's touching story about her son’s powerful journey through the full-day Kindergarten program at Tipaskan. Mrs. Parhar and her husband intentionally moved to Edmonton to ensure their son, who has autism, had a meaningful life full of laughter, friends and quality learning opportunities.  Our Breakfast guests held back tears as Mrs. Parhar talked about dreams for her son’s future. So, grab your tissues and enjoy!

     

  • Christmas Came Early for our Kinder Classrooms Thanks to the ECECAF Supporters!

    Jan
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    The Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund (ECECAF) team shared their Christmas spirit early and put smiles on the faces of our Kinder students and families for the entire school year. Why? Because their Board approved a $29,000 contribution to fund fieldtrips and purchase backpacks, running shoes and summer learning resources for the 140+ children attending our full-day Kindergarten programs. These amazing gifts provide the Kinders with essential items to support their learning and access to field trip opportunities that offer real-world experiences. Huge thanks to the 11,000 ECECAF members from nine Edmonton unions and associations who have been very generous to our Kindergarten classrooms since 2012.

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  • Still Celebrating the Generous Contribution Made by the Westman Charitable Foundation and Jayman BUILT

    Jan
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    Enjoy! We created a video to complement our December newsletter article about the amazing $375,000 contribution made by the Westman Charitable Foundation and Jayman BUILT. They are committed to helping us level the playing field for Kinders who come to the classroom at a disadvantage.

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