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Education Foundation of Teton Valley

Annual Report 2018-19

Dear Friends: GROWTH FROM THE INSIDE OUT Thanks to your support, the Education Foundation of Teton Valley continues to evolve as a dynamic and growing organization. While our focus is our public schools, this year we made some internal changes that will help us gain more visibility in the years ahead. We are legally now the Education Foundation of Teton Valley. This change emphasizes our vision and our mission…elevating public education. During the changeover, we realized that we also needed to have a logo that showcased our growth. Local designer Jill Goodson with Teton Creative redesigned our logo from just an apple to the ever-growing producer of that fruit – the apple tree – with deep, stable roots and ever-expanding branches with fruit. GROWTH IN OUR ROOTS Two years ago, we had an amazing donor approach us regarding a major matching gift that would help us sustain our operations for the long-term. This anonymous donor offered us a match gift of $50,000 a year for five years to jump start and build an endowment. Many boards would have been uneasy at the thought of adding more fundraising to their plate, especially a capital campaign that is future oriented. Endowments are made to sustain a nonprofit for the long term, allowing them to use the dividends from the permanent assets to fulfill their needs. We are proud to say that our board was excited to take on this challenge and met the it with great vigor. After only one year of campaign work, we are nearing the end of our private phase which entails raising three-quarters of our $250,000 goal. We will be publicly announcing the final phase and recognition component of this endowment campaign to the public during 2019-20.

FOCUSED GROWTH WITHIN THE SCHOOLS In the meantime, we have continued to focus our work within the schools on what matters most…supporting our students, empowering our teachers, and fulfilling the critical needs of students in need so they too can succeed. We

will continue to provide Spanish and art classes to elementary students, help middle schools girls learn how to advocate for themselves and become strong leaders, provide classroom grants to all teachers within the seven schools, and work with donors to bridge gaps in programs and funding. GROWTH AFTER THE SCHOOL DAY We were fortunate to be a partner in the development of the 2018 Summer Enrichment Program and the Above and Beyond the Classroom (ABC) Afterschool Program. Over a year and half, we wrote four grants for a total of $68,000 to jumpstart both programs.. This program was developed to meet a critical need in our valley by providing safe and academically-oriented programs. Our partners in this work are you, our donors. Without your funding, we would not exist. Without your gifts, we could not support our students and our teachers. For that we are most humbly grateful. This report details how many students and teachers your donations have been able to touch and empower. Teton Middle School principal, Brian Ashton recently expressed a wonderful sentiment about the impact of our work in the schools. He said that every time our teachers receive funding to take learning beyond the textbooks, he can see the energy and excitement reignite within the teacher as their students get excited about learning something new or finally grasping a concept. That type of impact is what keeps us moving forward and we hope it inspires you to continue to fund our work in the public schools. Thank you for your past and current support. Your donations help us, help our schools.

Kathryn Ferris, Chair

Pam Walker, Executive Director


Teton High School government students were able to participate in the Teton County Model United Nations thanks to an Education Foundation Classroom Grant.


Education Foundation of Teton Valley

Annual Report 2018-19

The Education Foundation of Teton Valley Vital Facts Our Vision:

Every student in Teton School District 401 schools will have the resources and experiences they need to achieve their highest potential.

Our Mission: To enhance opportunities for excellence for all students in Teton School District 401 through educational programs and community partnerships.

Board of Directors

Kathryn Ferris, Chair Chris Lundberg, Vice Chair Nan Pugh, Secretary Stephanie Shankland, Treasurer Rose Hendricks, Past Chair Megan Christiansen Debra Johnson Elizabeth Knowles Carrie Mowrey Blanca Moye Amy Potter Chris Schulz Shelley Streit Jenny Van Winkle Judy Baumgardner, Emeritus Hal Harrison, Emeritus


Pam Walker, Executive Director

Jennie Beach’s Advanced Art class painted murals throughout Teton Middle School thanks to an Education Foundation Classroom Grant.


LEFT: Teton High School Robotics team members stand next to a robot they designed, built and programmed. ABOVE: Teton Middle school students work with the Ozobots purchased through an Education Foundation Classroom grant. 6

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Key Accomplishments 2018 - 2019 1,888


girls participated in the GAP! middle school summer workshop and year-long afterschool program.


Teton High School students participated in the Robotics Program.


families participated in the Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) program that helps parents understand the importance of becoming their children’s first educator.


students were tested for hearing and vision impairments. 41 were referred for hearing issues and 141 were referred for further vision testing


students in K-4th grades learned basic conversational Spanish.


students were able to take art classes through the ArtReach program.


students received free exams and free eyeglasses through our critical needs funds.


fifth grade students were able participate in a week-long trip to Yellowstone or Teton Science School for hands-on science lessons.


tutors were funded to lead over 300 high school math tutoring sessions.


students impacted through the $15,492 distributed in classroom grants.

students in need received backpacks prior to the start of school.



JULY 1, 2018 - JUNE 30, 2019 EXPENSES














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$113,535 $92,871 $31,028 $9,663 $87.88


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RECEIVED FROM JULY 1, 2018-JUNE 30, 2019






The State of Idaho funds education at a MINIMAL level, preferring to leave public education funding to local communities. Teton Valley residents generously support supplemental levies that raise funding to a BASIC level. The Education Foundation of Teton Valley was created to support our schools by FUNDING GAPS of basic classroom needs not covered through district funds and innovative programs that take learning beyond the textbooks. 10

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Help us support our teachers and students through a donation during the Tin Cup Challenge. Your gift will be matched by the Community Foundation of Teton Valley thus increasing the significance of your donation. You can give online at www. or mail in one of the donation forms found at local businesses. The deadline for Tin Cup Challenge gifts is Friday, July 26, 2019. Annual Report 2018-19

YOUR DONATION TO THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF TETON VALLEY MAY QUALIFY FOR AN IDAHO STATE TAX CREDIT Donations to the Education Foundation of Teton Valley are eligible for a 50% tax credit – a reduction in the actual tax you owe. If you itemize your taxes, a donation to the Education Foundation of Teton Valley may enable you to get income tax deductions on both your state and federal returns, plus a 50% Idaho income tax credit. The allowed credit is for both personal and business gifts. • Individuals may take 50% of a gift of up to $1,000 (a tax credit of up to $500) •M  arried couples may take 50% of a gift of up to $2,000 (a tax credit of up to $1,000) • Idaho corporations may take 50% of a gift of up to $10,000 (a tax credit of up to $5,000) Your tax benefit is dependent on your personal income level and filing status. We urge you to consult your financial advisor to develop the best contribution plan for your personal circumstances. Elementary students in an ArtReach class.



Learning a second language in elementary school has tremendous benefits for children. It boost a child’s brain power, improves their problem-solving and cognitive abilities, helps children develop an “ear” for languages, improves academic achievement and test scores, gives students a head start in language requirements, and increases empathy for other cultures. The Education Foundation funded bi-weekly basic conversational Spanish classes for all K-4 students.


Every year, educators in TSD401 can apply for funding from the Education Foundation of Teton Valley to either purchase basic supplies not covered by district funds or develop innovative learning projects within their classrooms. In 2018-19 the Education Foundation of Teton Valley was able to fund $15,492 in classroom grants.


The poverty rate in Teton Valley is 8.5 percent and many of these are families with children who attend our public schools. We believe that every child should have the resources they need to succeed, therefore the Education Foundation raises funds to hold an annual hearing and vision screening for all K-3, 7th and 11th grade students. Through a partnership with the Teton Valley Vision Clinic, children who are referred for vision issues can receive a professional eye exam and free basic glasses should they need them. The Education Foundation also partners with Subs for Santa to give backpacks to children in need. 12

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Volunteer Arantza Zabala helps a student put on the hearing screening headphones during the Education Foundation’s annual Hearing and Vision Screenings.


Girls Actively Participating (GAP!) is a dynamic program based on critical research around today’s most successful women from many walks of life. Research shows that thriving women possess three characteristics that allow them to become a ninja in their lives: competence, confidence, and community connectedness. This year, the Education Foundation, in connection with GAP! in Jackson Hole, hosted a three-day workshop in the summer, and implemented a new, year-long program benefiting 6th-8th grade girls at Teton Middle School.


The Abriendo Puertas program helps foster early learning and early childhood development practices among Latino parents in a culturally-relelevant manner. The program sets

ambitious outcomes — teaching parents strategies to foster their child’s early learning prior to reaching school age, responding to children’s emotional expressions, keeping children physically healthy, and advocating for their children’s well-being with the public school system. During the 2018-19 school year, 12 families participated in the program.


The ArtReach program ensures that all K-5 students receive two art classes per month. The benefits of receiving an arts education are farreaching. Through the lessons, students are able to hone their critical thinking and creativity while learning how to better work with others for a common goal.While TSD401 has taken over the responsibility for the funding of ArtReach from the Educattion Foundation, we still support the program through grant writing.

Teton Middle School was awarded classroom grant

funds to purchase an additional cello for their strings orchestra.


Thank you


Western White Pine $50,000+ Anonymous


Blue Spruce $20,000+

Englemann Spruce $15,000+

Applestone Foundation

Community Foundation of Teton Valley

Douglas-Fir $25,000+

Ponderosa Pine $10,000+

Grand Fir $5,000+

Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation Mike and Barbara Morey

David and Susan Work Richard Grundler

Aaron Powers Dining In Catering Justin and Dargie Bowersock Mary Bradof Foundation Peter David Brendsel Fund for Children’s Literacy Pugh Family Fund Teton School District Wilkinson-Montesano Builders, Inc.

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Western Red Cedar $2,500+ Chet and Vicki Motloch Hal and Sheila Harrison High Peaks Physical Therapy Nan Pugh Teton Valley Health Care Tom and Marjorie Peter US Bank Foundation

Gogie Reynolds from Subs for Santa poses with the backpacks donated by the Education Foundation through a grant from the Teton Springs Foundation.

Western Larch $1,000+

Anonymous Brakeman Grill Brian and Jenny Van Winkle Cathy O’Connor and Chris Larson City Pass David and Kathleen Haar Dick and Debbie Gebhard Don Sharaf and Julie Mueller Elizabeth and Miles Knowles Erin and Jason (Borbay) Borbet GPC Architects Grand Targhee Ski Resort Jason and Shelley Streit Jeff and Amy Potter Jennifer and Peter Brannen Jeri Thomson and David James Jim and Chris Schulz Jim and Ellen Rein John and Linda Unland

Karl M Johnson Foundation Laid Back USA MD Nursery & Landscaping Inc. Michael Hamner Mike and Lydia Hudacsko Network for Good Peaked Sports Peter and Bette Versloot Porter and Ann-Toy Broughton Rose Hendricks and Ty Mack Slab Ranch Law Firm Spark Foundation Squeak Melehes and Patti Kauf Stephanie and Pax Shankland Tom and Kathryn Ferris Tom and Pam Walker Travis and Megan Allen Valley Lumber

THS science teachers Sara Montesano (L) and Molly Groves (R) accept a check from Vicki and Chet Motloch for lab supplies for their classrooms.


Lodgepole Pine $500+ 460 Bread Absolute Foam Insulation Alliance Title and Escrow Barrels & Bins Big Hole BBQ Bill and Carol Barker Brenda and Mike McCashland Casey Williams Chris Lundberg Charles and Anne Murphy Memorial Fund Conestoga Ranch Design Associates Architects Dr. Raymond and Kindra Cherry Festive Living Grand Teton Floor and Window Coverings Guchiebird’s HP Woodworking Inc. Huntsman Springs Jackson Hole Ski Resort Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures James and Cheryl Reinertsen Jenny Lake Boating Jim and Vicki Click John and Kris Fisher Judy Baumgardner and Lou Parri Justin and Jenny Moulton


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Kearsley Trees Kenneth Dunn Real Estate LLC Klim Marilyn Couch Mary and Greg Stone McDonald’s Jackson Hole Michael Barklow Nell and Mark Hanson Ninety-Eight Electric RAD Curbside Sargent Engineers – Headquarters SDS Painting and Prefinishing Sego Skis Shots Fired Spirits and Spice of Jackson Hole Stillwaters Spa at Teton Springs Lodge Teton Creative Teton High School Teton Water The Lodge at Palisades Creek Thompson Smith Woolf Anderson Wilkinson and Brch Three Peaks Dinner Table Tuffy and Sarah Kaiser VH Builders View Point Windows World Cast Anglers

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Aspen $0-499+ Abby and Kelly Williams Al and Sally Plows Alice and Robert Stevenson Alicia Russo All American Tire & Brake Amanda Bevan Ameriasia Bistro Amy and Dave Dery Amy and Max Peter Andrea and Dominic Santarsiere Anita Evans Ann Woodbury and Joseph Williams Anytime Fitness Arantza Zabala Arnold Byrd and Sharon Shopper Art by Nicolette ARTitorium on Broadway Bangkok Thai Bank of Commerce Ben Winship and Caroline Herter Ben and Deirdre Morris Betsy and Andy Olerud Billy Chow and Penny Oslund Blanca Moye and Graco Bernal Blaire Kribs Bob and Dee Gustafson Bob and Marie Tyler Bob and Peggy Capener Bob and Patricia Heneage Bob and Val Copyak Brent and Julie Schindler Brett and Melanie Marcum

Bruce Mason Butter CafĂŠ Carl Church and Peggy Taetsch Carol Reid Carole and Rene Lusser Caroline Trainer Frantz Charles Torbeck Cheryl Stewart Chris and Kisa Koenig Chris and Lane Valiante Christina and Justin McGuire Christopher Streicher Chuck and Linda Borrenpohl Circle S Mobile Veterinary Services Claire Thompson Claire Vitucci Colonial Theater Colleen and Jerry Larsen Corey McGrath Cori and Jon Dahl Corner Drug Store Cynthia Riegel and Fletcher White Dan and Amy Verbeten Dan and Betty Orr Dan and Melisa Streubel Darrell Empey Darryl and Debra Johnson Dave and Merilee Lienert David Hensel and Julie Robinson David and Leslie Heinemann Deb Barracato Denise Bersch and Aaron Gardner

Deb Hurlburt Diane Temple Dianne Meisler Doug Tedford Dr. Mike and Jane Wine Dr. Milt and Kathleen May Dr. Thomas and Carma Simmons Elaine Johnson Elements Building Specialties Elizabeth Brandhorst Elizabeth Card Ellen Lederman Emily Bedell Emily Sustick Eric and Heidi Blischke Eric and Marya Moosman Eric Bjorkman Erica Linnell Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. First American Title Co. Fisher Creative Fitzgerald’s Bicycles Forage Bistro and Lounge Four Peaks Real Estate Frances Ann Goodell Frank and Mary Mello Fred and Ruth Graupner Gayle and Ron Lien Gene Marcowka and Jenny Charles Georgie Stanley Georgina Worthington Get Lashed by Samantha


Aspen $0-499+ Gilbert Hundley and Shannon Doyle Gini and Clint Van Siclen Glen Bashore Gloria Lampe Grace Bailey Grand Teton Distillery Grand Teton Music Festival Grandma’s Candy Shop Gravity Factory Greg Larson Gregory Chow Neimuth Gregory Meyers Gwen Willow Hannah McClellan Harold and Jamie Lou Williams Headwaters Construction Co. Heather McLendon Heron Glass Holly Turner Hudson DeWeese Idaho Yoga Co-op Innova Systems Jack and Jo Haddox Jack Hodson Jackson Hole Moose Hockey Jackson Hole Paragliding Jackson Hole Winery Jan and Lindsey Moss Janet and Guy Loomis Janet and Leonard Gettling Janna Rankin 18

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Jansen and Anna Gunderson Jasmine Mattox and Clayton Gottler Jason and Amy Ruff Jean Crabtree Jeanne and Peter Anderson Jeff and Annette White Jeff and Melissa Young Jennifer Emerson and Derek Ellis Jennifer Ozburn Glass Jenny Collins Jerry Gorde Jessica Ginter Jessica Shell Joe and Jen Calder John and Alice Finley John and Linda Prentice Joni Paranka and Ben Reese Joselin Matkins Joseph and Karin Sadauckas Josh and Natalie Volcko Joyce and Felix Zajac Judith Austin Judy Allen and Paul Mangold Julie Bryan Kai and Kacey Karstens Kara Donnelly Karen and Jazz Russell Karen and John LaRosa Karen and Wayne Krueger Karen Barnett Karen Smith Karin Wertheim Kate and David Hudacsko

Katharine Shepard Kathleen and Sean Plourde Kathleen and Thomas Hoffman Katie Wellman Kay Finley and Robert Honsinger Kay and Wilfred Krenek Keith and Betty Kunz Keith and Susan Birch Kerry Brophy-Lloyd and Matthew Lloyd Kim and Jannifer Cooke Kim Keeley Kimberly Witek Kip and Jennifer Blair Kristi Ackand Kristi Fisher Kristin and Phillip Fox Laurel Dorr Lawrence Thal and Shannon Troxler Thal Lee and Linda Reynaud Lynda Daves Linda Swope and Linda Marquis Lisa Johnson and Ben Hammond Liz Davy and Michael Whitfield Liz Pitcher Local Joe Local Restaurant & Bar Logan Unland Lori Bantekas Lori Erickson Lori Fassnacht Lori Harper LouAnne Marshall

Lucey Electric Lulu Miller Lynda Schaller and William Nisbet Lynn Lebolt Lynn Sandmann Lynne Wolfe and Dan Powers Mandi Wilkinson Mandy Rockefeller Margie Singleton Marianne Moran Marilyn and Steve Forbes Mark and Robin Anderson Marti Kintigh Dr. Martin Kokol Marty Elcan Mary and Saunders Mason Mary Beck Mary ‘Molly’ Robertson-Goodrich Matthew and Marcia Cook Maura and Paul Carlson Megan Bybee and Jacob Starley Meghan and Andrew Boczar Mel and Jeff Paradis Metal Mindset Michael and Christi Bleffert Michael and Caroline LaRosa Michael McGinity Monte and Sandra Woolstenhulme Moonshine Liquors Moose Creek Ranch Mountain Modern Motel Nancie Miller Nancy and Jeff Hogenson

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Aspen $0-499+ Nancy and Jim Curtes Nancy McCullough-McCoy and Mike McCoy Nancy Scott Nancy Siverd Neil and Phyllis Hansen Neil and Vickie Van Dresar Neil Gleichman O’Rourkes Pacific Gas & Electric c/o YourCause Pam Parkins/Parkins Law Office Pat and Dan Willert Pathfinder Philanthropy Advisors Peak Glass Philbin de Got Schulz Phyllis Anderson Phyllis Lamken Pilates with Frankie Pine Creek Real Estate DBA Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty Ralph Mossman and Mary Mullaney Randy and Chris Isaacson Raneta and Thom Kinney Renee Giallonardo Richard Malone II Richard and Kay McIlroy Richard and Pamela Poduska Rise Coffee House Robert and Lori Spoelhof Sage Hibberd and Jerod Pfeffer Salon Blaq

Sara and Stephen Davis Scott and Marlene Wusinich Shannon Connole Shawn and Chris Miller Shawn Frotten Shelley Myers Sign It Now Stacey Simmons Steve and Sue O’Connor SUBA Sue’s Roos Susan Hawkins Susan Maddrey Susanna Reuter and Jeff Russell Tamara Sperber Targhee Athletics Tatanka Tavern Terry and Joanne Dimattio Terry and Lewis Wright Teton Aviation Teton Backcountry Guides Teton Grind Coffee Teton Hang Gliding Teton Mountain Ranch Teton Raptor Center Teton Reserve Teton Rock Gym Teton Springs Resort & Golf Club Teton Training Center Teton Valley Auto Repair Teton Valley Dance Academy Teton Valley Foundation Teton Valley Lodge

Teton Valley Resort The Local Galleria The Pets Center LLC The Rusty Nail Thomas and LeAnn Talbot Thomas Clark and Patricia O’Leary Thomas and Sarah Balben Three Peaks Plumbing Timothy and Kathryn Hunt Tina and David Dean TJ’s Grill & Pizzeria Todd and Kelly Waller Treasure Mountain Landscaping Trevor Deighton

Tristan Tyler and Stephanie McKellar Victor Emporium Victor Outdoor Seconds Victor Valley Market Victor Veterinary Hospital Wendy Lowe William (Sam) Lea William and Holly Hurt William and Jenna Beck Yeti’s Post Yostmark Mountain Equipment Yvonne Joosten Zack Hall and Julie Giacobassi

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Teton Valley’s most unique and fun fundraiser! Hop on the school bus and enjoy a progressive dinner. This year’s locations include: Warbirds Café, The Wildwood Room, and The West Side Yard. Our 2019 band is the crowd-favorite – Lazy Eyes. Tickets go on sale September 1 at


! NEW!

Snow Golf Tournament February 29, 2019

Have you ever played golf in the snow?

Teams of four will wear snowshoes and master the technique of hitting the tennis ball into the newly created snow holes at Teton Springs Resort. A challenging and fun fundraiser to support our public schools. Details to come but save THIS date. You won’t want to miss it!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

On the first Saturday of December, the entire community embraces public education through Shop for Schools. We solicit local businesses to provide a percentage of their sales to support the Education Foundation’s many programs, and we encourage residents to SHOP LOCAL.


Various dates throughout January

Our board members are good at cooking and playing games. We’ll be hosting game nights at our homes in January when the nights are long and the activities are scarce. Learn how to play a cool card game, enjoy a delicious dinner, and learn more about what we do! Details to come on our Facebook page.

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Education Foundation of Teton Valley | Annual Report 2019  

Education Foundation of Teton Valley | Annual Report 2019