The Topeka Public Schools Foundation hosted it's 3rd annual community breakfast to a full house Thurs., Sept 20 at the Ramada Inn. Pamela Johnson-Betts said the Foundation and TPS administration and Board members were pleased to see so many in attendance. She noted that the Foundation was especially gratified that the community and staff came out to show their support.
The Foundation presented the 2012 Foundation Patron Award to the law firm of Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer LLP. The Patron Award is presented to an individual or organization that supports TPS through Foundation service and contributions. The firm has had a presence on the TPS Foundation Board and financially contributed to TPS through the Foundation the last 18 years. Larry Bork, J.D. in accepting the award said,"What the Foundation is all about is trying to provide a better opportunity, a better experience, for the children of USD 501," Bork said, "Over the years, I think we've done that."
A Foundation video highlighted some other TPS partners that included, John Dicus, Capitol Federal, Jim Parrish, Parrish Hotels, Carol Wheeler, Stormont Vail HealthCare, Dr Jennifer Gordon, McClure, Scott Kickhaefer, HPH, Kelli Hoffman, French, Perry Hartman, TPS Music Library, and the grandchildren of staff members:Marie Carter, Mary Simpson and Marilyn Greeve. Westar Energy President and C.E.O., Mark Ruelle also spoke at the breakfast and highlighted his organization's student internship partnership with TPS. TPS Superintendent, Julie Ford gave a briefing of TPS staff and student successes.