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Hold the phone, PCEF raises $67k

Megan Yeiter , The Park Record

The Park City Education Foundation raised more then $67,000 over the last two weeks. The foundation hosted its first annual districtwide Beat the Call fundraiser as a prelude to its fourth annual Phone-A-Thon. This year, more than 150 volunteers participated in both events to raise the money. According to Park City Education Foundation Communications Manager Jennifer Billow, they raised about 12 percent more than last year.

"It was an amazing two weeks," Billow said. "Students got behind it and parents got behind it and every school had a really high participation rate."

Over the last few years about 25 percent of the school district’s parents have supported the Education Foundation. This year, the number increased to about 30 percent, according to Billow, who said that’s not including Running with Ed, which creates more family participation opportunities.

Billow said that more than 100 new families donated during the fundraisers this year, and the foundation’s recent partner, Ragnar Relay Series also sent about seven volunteers to help with the fundraisers. In addition, Billow said there were Spanish-speaking volunteers every day, which allowed the foundation to contact more Hispanic families.

"They gave so generously," she said. "One Spanish-speaking caller was able to raise $400 in pledges and that’s a lot from that community."

Trailside Elementary School raised the most money during "Beat the Call" and was able to raise $11,600. The school received a $2,000 grant from Winder Farms for raising the most money and more than 450 students throughout the district will receive a Papa John’s pizza party for their efforts.