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Vail Valley Voices: Help us help our teachers

Wendy Rimel
Vail, CO, Colorado

As the president of the Education Foundation of Eagle County, I am writing to share the relationship between the foundation and Wild West Days, our purpose and mission and to invite you to join us Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion for Project Funway.

Wild West Days and the Education Foundation of Eagle County are working together to support vital programs and resources for our schools. Specifically:

• Wild West Days has taken place every fall for the past 21 years. Their efforts raise money for our nine elementary school’s parent-teacher organizations and enable these parent-led organizations to purchase stuff for their elementary schools, including field trips, school supplies, books, programs (such as a portion of the Expeditionary Learning program at Homestake Peak), and teacher-requested funds for classroom



supplies.

The founding idea of Wild West Days was to maximize the efforts of Eagle County’s elementary schools and to minimize the impact of solicitations from each elementary school on our community by joining together in one grand event.

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• The Education Foundation of Eagle County is working on raising money for teachers and staff at our 18 Eagle County public schools. The desire to raise money for staff was born from the results of massive state budget cuts to public education in Eagle County, approximately $14.5 million, over the past three years.

Eagle County School District staff have experienced continuous pay cuts, loss of work and loss of benefits. The foundation’s efforts are to maintain and keep the great educators we have in Eagle County in front of our kids, thus maintaining the great achievements and standards of our schools and public education in Eagle County.

• This is the first time in history our community has had the opportunity to raise money for staff in Eagle County schools. The landscape is entirely new to all of us, and we are all experiencing the learning curve and growing pains.



The foundation and the school district are working together to sort out logistics, details and provide answers related to this new program as quickly as possible.

• The Education Foundation of Eagle County and Wild West Days are the same 501(c)(3). Historically, Wild West Days has operated as a project of the Public Education Foundation of Eagle County. All of the funds raised at Wild West Days pass through and are reported on the Public Education Foundation of Eagle County tax return. This foundation has provided this service at no charge to Wild West Days for many years.

The Education Foundation of Eagle County is the rebranded Public Education Foundation of Eagle County and will continue to work on initiatives, including Evening of the Stars, Distinguished Teacher Awards and our teachers’ Back to School event.

• The Education Foundation of Eagle County was chosen by the Project Funway group – Claire Thayer, Diana Scherr, Jenifer Hammond and Pavan Krueger – to be

Project Funway’s inaugural

benefactors.

Your support at Sunday’s event will help raise much-needed funds to keep quality teachers in the classroom and in front of our children.

For more information on Project Funway, go to http://www.pro-fun.org.

Thank you for your calls, feedback, donations and the open dialog we look forward to continuing as we navigate this new landscape together.

Wendy Rimel is the president of the Education Foundation of Eagle County.


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