Pamela Johnson-Betts, executive director of the TPS Foundation, gave Board Of Education members the annual Foundation Update at the board’s April 3 meeting. She reported the foundation said so long to long time board members Garry Cushinberry, Jim Edwards and Valerie Patterson. The three collectively served the Foundation for more than 45 years.
New to the Foundation Board are Beryl New, Duke Palmer and former TPS Board of Education member Ned Nusbaum. Johnson-Betts noted the Foundation also had added a new investment committee member, TPS school board member Scott Mickelsen.
She reported that the 21st annual Winfred Tidwell Golf tournament will be May 23 at Cypress Ridge Golf Course. Registration begins at 11AM on May 23rd. The cost is $85 per player.
Johnson-Betts told board members about a new Foundation Fundraiser sponsored by Advisors Excel & Damon Sutherland known as AquaCraze. AquaCraze is a 5k run with a foam water slide on Quinton Heights Hill ending with a large water balloon fight at the Expo Center on the morning of May 24th.
Students Nikki Rameriz-Jennings and ZaeBriunna Patton assisted with the Foundation update by offering a personal invite to board members and giving a talent teaser for another upcoming TPS Foundation fund-raiser named Kid Koncert. The Kid Koncert will be held from 6-8PM April 23rd at Topeka High School. Tickets for the Koncert will be sold at the door for $5. Everyone is invited!!!
The presentation concluded with Major Saver staff members Kellie Osborn & Christopher Ary presenting a check to Board of Education and Foundation Board members in the amount of $44,580. The money raised will be used for TPS programs & services with half immediately being distributed directly to the participating schools. This is the Foundation's sixth year for the Major Saver program in Topeka Public Schools.
The TPS Foundation is the oldest public school education foundation in Shawnee County having served students and staff for 28 years.