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Bubba Brown, Park Record

Students at Ecker Hill Middle School became used to seeing Phil Kirk, a Park City Police Department captain, around campus last year. But it wasn't because they did anything wrong.

Kirk was a parent who participated in Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), a program aimed at increasing the engagement of fathers at Ecker Hill. By the end of the year, he saw firsthand the value of being involved at school and seeing his child in another setting.

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Bubba Brown, Park Record

The words still ring in his ears.

How could they not? Juan Garcia remembers the bullies and the things they told him. They joked about his Latino heritage. You'll never, they said, amount to anything.

Now, the memories serve as strong motivation. 

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Bubba Brown, Park Record

For decades, the Park City Rotary Club has been socking away financial donations and membership dues in hopes of one day creating an annual endowment large enough to have a sizeable effect on the community.

That philosophy shifted about two years ago when members began discussing the organization's future. What if, they proposed, the club donated the money now, rather than waiting for a day in the future that might not arrive for many years? 

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Bubba Brown, Park Record

The Park City Education Foundation's popular Author-in-Residence program is getting a new date and a new name to go along with it.

The program, in which a prominent author visits Park City to discuss a book they've written with students and community members, will be pushed back to January instead of near the beginning of the school year. It will also be renamed "One Book One Community, sponsored by PCEF" to reflect its growth from a school program to a community event that involves the contributions of the local libraries and Dolly's Bookstore.

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Bubba Brown, Park Record

The Park City Education Foundation ended the school year with a bang — about 160,000 of them, actually.

The nonprofit recently awarded its annual school grants, doling out $160,820 to the Park City School District's seven schools to fund a range of programs, both established and new, that aim to expand the educational experience for students. 

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Lestor Rojas, Univision 32

Univision 32 Story on Fundraising for DACA

 

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