Pay it Forward

Education Foundation launches challenge to alumni, students, community to make a difference now and in the future


The Plymouth Education Foundation kicks off its Pay It Forward Challenge, to run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1, bringing together Plymouth High School alumni, Plymouth School District students, and the Plymouth community, creating a chain reaction of Positive Panther Pride. The challenge was launched by the PEF Board of Directors (back row, left to right) Anne Troka, Brenda Dale, Bob Travis, Jamie Gambrell, Teresa Van Horn, Karen Rhyan, Dan Francis, Tom Blend, John Mueller, Teresa Suttner, (front row) Dena Budrecki, Dr. Carrie Dassow, Dr. Clark Reinke, Crystal Fieber, Lynn Kulow, Tom Wegner, and Nancy Jusky. Not pictured is board member Bart Halderson. — Submitted photo The Plymouth Education Foundation kicks off its Pay It Forward Challenge, to run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1, bringing together Plymouth High School alumni, Plymouth School District students, and the Plymouth community, creating a chain reaction of Positive Panther Pride. The challenge was launched by the PEF Board of Directors (back row, left to right) Anne Troka, Brenda Dale, Bob Travis, Jamie Gambrell, Teresa Van Horn, Karen Rhyan, Dan Francis, Tom Blend, John Mueller, Teresa Suttner, (front row) Dena Budrecki, Dr. Carrie Dassow, Dr. Clark Reinke, Crystal Fieber, Lynn Kulow, Tom Wegner, and Nancy Jusky. Not pictured is board member Bart Halderson. — Submitted photo The Plymouth Education Foundation is launching a new initiative, Pay It Forward, Sept. 1 through Oct. 9, bringing together PHS alumni, PSD atudents, and the Plymouth community to create a chain reaction of Positive Panther Pride making a difference for our students and our community now and into the future.

“The Pay It Forward initiative brings to life the reason why people donate to the Plymouth Education Foundation,” says Anne Troka, executive director. “Many of the Foundation’s donors . individuals, businesses, and organizations . give generously to benefit current and future students because of the impact education had in their and/or their children’s lives.”

“As a PHS Alumni, I am grateful for the impact teachers, staff, and coaches had on my life and are having on my children’s lives,” said Brenda Dale, foundation board member and fundraising committee chair. “I know other PHS Alumni and members of our community feel similar and this opportunity to Pay It Forward gives them the chance to show their gratitude and make an impact.”

The Foundation’s Pay It Forward

PHS Alumni Class Challenge:

• Make a Donation to the Plymouth Education Foundation at www.plymouthedfoundation.org in honor of your high school graduation year, for example, for Class of 1989 make a donation of $19.89. The Foundation is reaching out to PHS Alumni across the country. The class with the most donor participants will be announced at halftime during the homecoming football game.

• Challenge Classmates via social media to do the same by posting, “I just took the Foundation’s PHS Alumni Class Challenge to Pay It Forward, will you join me?”

• Celebrate Homecoming on October 9 by participating in the 4 p.m. parade, 5-9 p.m. tours of the new Food Science and Agriculture Center, and 7 p.m. homecoming football game where the Foundation will host a “Welcome PHS Alumni” Tent and give alumni who stop by and sign in an orange Plymouth Education Foundation/Pay It Forward rubber wristband.

The Foundation’s Pay It Forward

PSD Students Challenge:

• Perform an Act of Kindness for someone you know or do not know. PSD Students will receive a Plymouth Education Foundation/Pay It Forward orange rubber wristband. Staff will recognize students’ Acts of Kindness on paper links. This chain reaction of Positive Panther Pride will show all the Acts of Kindness performed by students and be on display on the entrance fence to the homecoming football game.

• Challenge Family and Friends to do the same by sharing with them, “I just took the Foundation’s PSD Students Challenge to Pay It Forward, will you join me?”

• Celebrate Homecoming.

The Foundation’s Pay It Forward

Plymouth Community Challenge:

• Perform an Act of Kindness for someone you know or do not know and consider making a recurring donation . monthly, quarterly or annually . to the Plymouth Education Foundation at www.plymouthedfoundation.org to benefit our students and our community.

• Challenge Colleagues, Family, and Friends to do the same on social media by posting, “I just took the Foundation’s Pay It Forward/Plymouth Community Challenge, will you join me?”

• Celebrate Homecoming.

“The Plymouth Education Foundation is only able to carry out its mission to enhance the educational experience for students in the Plymouth School District through the generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations,” said Troka. “Pay It Forward is an excellent way for donors to leave a legacy that benefits your family, your friends, and your community now and into the future.”

When making a donation to the Plymouth Education Foundation, donors have the opportunity to designate where they would like their donation to be used:

• Area of Greatest Need

• Grants (in the areas of: academic enrichment, extracurricular activities, professional development, and connecting students with their futures and community impacting K-12 PSD students)

• Scholarships (for PHS graduating seniors pursuing 4 year and 2 year higher educations)

• Capital Campaigns/Projects

To learn more about the Pay It Forward initiative or to make a donation, visit www.plymouthedfoundation.org.

The Plymouth Education Foundation is a nonprofit, 501c3, organization celebrating 25 years of enhancing the educational experience making donations tax deductible.

About Plymouth Education Foundation

Plymouth Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose primary purpose is to enhance the educational experience of the students enrolled in the Plymouth School District.

The foundation is a proactive organization raising funds to provide for special academic programs, activities, lecturers, awards, and scholarships; capital projects not covered by the school district’s budget that enhance educational opportunities; professional development for teachers in programs that benefit students in the district; and, other activities as deemed appropriate and requested by the Plymouth Board of Education.

For more than 25 years the Plymouth Education Foundation has been providing financial support to the Plymouth School District through generous donations from the community. For more information visit our web site at www.plymouthedfoundation.org.


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