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The Park City Education Foundation goes back to school

of The Park Record

The Park City Education Foundation will bank on magicians and clams to get their 2008-2009 school year rolling.

The Foundation, in the midst of planning their school year before the first bell rings on August 25, is currently putting some of the finishing touches on their major fall fundraisers. Although the Foundation could not quantify their importance, Monika Guendner of the Foundation said that these events usually cover their operational costs and determine parent involvement for the rest of the year.

High on the priority list, but not yet booked, the Foundation hopes to screen "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" in mid-to-late November. This could be the sixth Potter film the Foundation has shown since the first premiered in 2001.

The last few films in the Potter series have been marked by darker and more violent content and, as consequence; the Foundation has elected to reach out to high school students as potential filmgoers. The advance screening, however, will be more than a simple viewing; the Foundation has planned for the event to be a major gala complete with food, decorations and Potter paraphernalia. If all goes according to plan, the film will be shown at The Eccles Center and tickets should cost around $50 per person.

As popular as the Potter film event has been over the past few years, the Foundation is most dependent on the Sept. 27 Clam Bake to be held this year at Deer Valley Resort’s Silver Lake Lodge. In its fourth year, this event draws both parents and older students to enjoy a semi-casual, New England-inspired smorgasbord.

Tickets for this event can be purchased for both individuals and for tables of 10. The evening is also likely to include a silent auction and some sort of live entertainment to be provided by students.

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Also in the works, the Foundation plans to attend various student registrations to inform parents about their work and their plans for the school year. The Foundation is likely to set up tables around the registration events and keep parents up to date.

Guendner said that it is extremely important to get parent volunteers locked up early as most parents and students find themselves busy and set in their activities early in the fall. But, she continued, "the first couple of weeks of school everybody is really excited they’re really open."

If parents find that they have a hard time keeping up with the Foundation’s events, they can opt to pick up a copy of the Foundation’s 2008-2009 calendars due off the press soon. These calendars also keep thorough track of extracurricular local events and are also designed as a fundraiser.

The Foundation will be looking for volunteers to help at these events over the next months. Any parent interested should contact the Foundation at 615-0235 or through email