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The Kane Education Foundation will spotlight someone from the Kane County School District and provide updates to the programs benefiting our students. Sign up for our newsletter by emailing foundation@kane.k12.ut.us

Foundation Spotlight - Earlene Drake

           Earlene Drake hails from Spanish Fork, Utah where she graduated high school in 1969. After that she attended Utah State University for four years. During this time, she worked in the Business Department at the university and decided to pursue a degree to teach business. Once she graduated from USU, she came to teach at Kanab High School where she put in a very long and dedicated teaching career of roughly 35 years.
           She mostly taught business at Kanab High School, but she also spent time at the middle school teaching English and Utah History for a few years. She helped with the drill team, the Sterling Scholar program, and FBLA. Even after she retired, she found her way back into the halls of the school as a substitute teacher.
            Earlene feels that the most challenging aspect of teaching is the time one must put into do a good job. She noted that getting kids interested in learning and doing their best can also be demanding. However, being a teacher is not without its rewards. Her favorite aspects of teaching are getting to know the students.
            Earlene says she has always been very shy and often found it easier to talk to her students than to talk to adults. She loved teaching because she knew she was doing something worthwhile and making a difference.
When asked what advice she would give teachers today, she says to enjoy the spirit and unity of working together for a great cause—to help and champion each other in the task of creating the next great generation.
            In her retired years, Earlene is spending a lot of time with her four daughters and her 19 grandchildren that range from 20 years old to one-year-old. And, you know, regularly making her way back into the school every now and then to substitute teach. 

Earlene Drake 
- Year 1985 -
Mrs. Drake casting a spell on a young Cole Houston
                  - Year 2000 - 
Explaining the finer details of a homework problem
                  - Year 2007 - 
Kane Education Foundation Funds Summer Science Camp for 4 to 6 year olds

Kane Education Foundation is once again sponsoring a Summer Science Program for 4-6 year olds. This program will take place every Wednesday throughout the summer, starting on June 12th and ending July 31st. Kane Education Foundation worked with the SUU Center for STEM Teaching and Learning and received a grant to fully fund this project, so we are pleased to offer these classes to our youth free of charge.

 

The classes are designed to give exposure to different science subjects through reading, new experiences, and activities that provide the students with opportunities to talk with their peers, parents, and other adults to expand their vocabularies. Research has indicated that the more words a child has when entering the school system, the more successful their learning becomes. Neal Brown, the Kane Education Foundation’s Chair, states:  “We hope this camp will foster a love of both language and science in these youngsters with this fun summer program.”

This summer we will explore 4 different science topics over 8 weeks: Fun with Sun, Geology, Wildlife Tracks and Hydrology.  We will meet each Wednesday at 10am at the Kanab City Library multi-purpose room. The first week will be an hour long classroom session with activities related to a topic then the following Wednesday will be a 2 hour outdoor exercise with hands-on experiments related to the topic from the previous week. Parental presence is optional for classroom sessions, but some outdoor exercises may require parental accompaniment. We will notify parents ahead of time via text message or phone call with information pertaining to each class and field trip.

Kane Education Foundation would like to thank the SUU Center for STEM Teaching and Learning, Kanab City Library, Allies With Families and the BLM Field Office for partnering with us in this project. Please notify Tana Seaford at foundation@kane.k12.ut.us if you have any questions or would like more information.
 
 
KEF Welcomes New Board Memebers 
 

The Foundation is very pleased to welcome some new faces to the Board in our first quarter. Elizabeth Davis is an Assistant Professor of Extension at Utah State University. Her experience working with STEM and 4-H youth programs will be a boost to our STEM focus area.  John Horan is a retired Naval Aviator, now teaching Aviation at Kanab High School. John is helping develop a program that will be part of our Career and Technical Education focus area.  LeeAnn Chamberlain is well known in our community for making things happen. She is helping plan events and fundraisers for the Foundation.  Betty Chamberlain is a long time resident of Valley and brings much to the table with a passion for Gifted & Talented Education and is a thriving business owner and entrepreneur. Aaron Bonham, a native of Kanab, runs American National Insurance and is now living in the Valley area with his wife and four children. He will be an asset to our alumni relationships and fundraising efforts.

These new board members join our already diverse Board, which includes: Neal Brown, currently serving as Chair; Stephen Dahl as Vice-Chair and Treasurer; Jeannette Erdmann, Lexie Little, Kane County School Board Superintendent, Ben Dalton; and School Board Member, Lisa Livingston.  Also supporting the Board and the Foundation's mission is Megan Smith as the Executive Director and Tana Seaford as Program Coordinator. While the board has a diverse background, their interest in improving education for Kane students is singular.

The Kane Education was founded in late 2003 to provide funding to promote the educational excellence for the students in Kane County. Over the years, the Foundation has provided financial and other resources to help the teachers and administrators of Kane County School District do more under their existing programs and services. While the Foundation works closely with Kane County School District, it operates independently of the District under the governance of the Board of Directors. The Board combines the talents of the local community and business leaders who bring innovative ideas, passionate spirits, and various expertise to fulfill the Foundation's mission: to bring a world of opportunities to Kane students, thereby expanding their minds to new possibilities. Please reach out to the board members and staff to learn about the various ways that you can help assist Kane students.  Visit www.kaneeducationfoundation.org for more information on Kane Education Programs.


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