Community supports students during Live PC Give PC
Students from schools throughout the Park City School District made their presence known Friday, in support of Live PC Give PC. They stood on street corners all over town, wearing orange shirts and waving signs, and when it was done, they had accomplished what they had set out to do.
Several schools raised significant money for various programs during Live PC Give PC, an annual event put on by the Park City Foundation that encourages residents to donate to non-profit organizations. According to the Live PC Give PC website, livepcgivepc.org, the Park City High School band raised the most money of any school program — $9,115, which will help it attend national competitions. But several other programs also reached four digits.
Abby Funabiki, development manager for the Park City Education Foundation, which helped orchestrate the schools’ involvement with Live PC Give PC, said Friday’s turnout highlighted the value the community places on education.
"We’re always impressed each year," she said. "It’s such a good community day for people to get together and help out. It does show that the entire community is supportive of public education. Not all of the donors have students in the schools, and that really shows they want to live in a community that wants a great public education. There probably aren’t very many communities like this."
Amy Macuga, a co-president of the Jeremy Ranch Elementary parent/teacher organization, agreed. Jeremy Ranch had partnered with Eat Awesome Things at School Park City, an organization dedicated to ensuring students in the district have healthy food options, to raise money for a food cart that will offer healthy snacks. It raised $2,560 Friday.
"I think everyone feels so fortunate to live here, and they just want to support all the non-profits and continue to create a great community," she said.
Funabiki said that apart from the donations that will help the schools, one of the most exciting aspects of the day was how involved the students were. They wanted their own programs to do well, but they also got caught up in the spirit of giving and helped other organizations find success.
"I think maybe half the reason they’re doing it is to support the entire event, not just their school," she said. "I think it’s fun for students to get involved in a bigger cause. To me it says a lot. It shows that our schools and our families are teaching our students to give back. It creates a culture of giving for the whole community, which is especially important at this young age."