Weber School Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Ogden Weber Chamber Partners in Education breakfast. On Thursday, April 28th educators and business leaders in our community gathered at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center for a breakfast to honor, recognize and thank local businesses in our community who value education. We appreciate our partners and their commitment to education. Thank you to those who attended. Our award recipients are as follows;
Susan Westenskow was a Weber County civic leader and educator who tragically passed away in 1998 in an automobile collision. Sue’s legacy and dedication is honored by the presentation of the Sue Westenskow Award to individuals or organization who go above and beyond to support education in extraordinary ways.
This year’s award recipients, announced at the Chambers Annual Dinner in February, recognizes the Stephen G. & Susan E. Denkers & Willard L. Eccles Foundations. Both of these fantastic family foundations are dedicated to the health and well-being of the land and people of Utah, Oregon, and the Intermountain West. This mission is accomplished through their support of non-profit organizations addressing needs and opportunities in the areas of education, basic science, the environment, social causes, and health care for the underserved.
Long-time supporters of education, the Stephen G. and Susan E. Denkers and Willard L. Eccles Foundations have been valuable and generous partners in various projects to enrich learning. Since 2002, they have been major sponsors of Mini-Grant Programs supporting amazing teachers and reaching thousands of students directly in their classroom and were also top supporters of the Ogden High School restoration campaign. These two foundations continue to build educational opportunities and also support dozens of notable humanitarian, art, conservation and youth programs throughout Weber County and Utah.
The Denkers Family certainly personify the criteria and spirit of the Sue Westenskow award for giving sustained contributions to education, impacting and influencing for good tens of thousands of lives across Weber County, enriching educational experiences outside the traditional educational setting, and promoting lifelong learners. We know that Sue Westenskow was a friend of Susan Denkers, and feel she would be thrilled to know you are receiving this award.
It is our pleasure to present the Ogden Weber Chamber Elementary Partner of the Year Award for the Weber School District to Goldenwest Credit Union. Goldenwest Credit Union has been an advocate for education in the Bonneville High School cone for the past 16 years. In 2000, Goldenwest teamed up with H. Guy Child Elementary School to help with a local 5K fundraiser in conjunction with the grand opening of their new corporate office in South Ogden. The race was a success and had a tremendous amount of community support. With that in mind, Goldenwest decided to continue the race and over the past 16 years the race has evolved and expanded from one elementary school to eleven schools in the Bonneville cone. Each year the Goldenwest willingly gives hundreds of employee hours and thousands of dollars in behalf of students. Goldenwest donates 100 percent of the registration fees and matches the entry fee for every participant who crosses the finish line for each participating school, providing valuable funds for our elementary schools. Each year Goldenwest donates an estimated $20,000 back to the schools, with an additional $10,000 in 5K expenses covered completely by the Credit Union. Over the past 16 years over $450,000 has been donated to schools with cash and in kind donations from Goldenwest Credit Union to the Bonneville cone.
We are pleased to present the Ogden Weber Chamber Secondary Partner of the Year Award for the Weber School District to Kit Cashmore of Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill. Kit Cashmore has been a champion for kids throughout Weber School District, especially those attending Bonneville High School. As a parent, Kit has served on PTSA boards and is currently a leader in the Bonneville Communities That Care Coalition, and Especially 4 Athletes program. As a businesswoman, and owner of Costa Vida Restaurants, Kit has worked with principals to provide student incentive lunches throughout the district so they can recognize the efforts of students in their schools. She has provided free lunch coupons to all counselors throughout the district for several years. She has organized speaking events where speakers have come into schools to educate students on various topics. Kit truly loves kids and she values education. She has been very proactive in working with our principals, counselors, and district administrators to recognize efforts of both students and educators.
It is our pleasure to present the Ogden Weber Chamber Community Partner of the Year Award for the Weber School District to the Weber County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Unit. The Weber County Sheriff’s office, like many law enforcement agencies, provides security, education, and most importantly safety to the students, faculty and the staff of the Weber School District. Throughout the past year, the Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Program have exceeded all expectations in each of these areas. Working with the Weber School District, lockdown, lockout, and evacuation drills have been conducted in all of the schools. County School Resource Officers also coordinate with other law enforcement agencies and provide support for any school related drill they are requested to participate in. Visiting law enforcement experts have commented on the effort noting that it is exemplary not only for the state, but also the nation. Sheriff Thompson’s staff shares an amazing attitude. Even during times when budgets have been stretched, the Sheriff’s Office does what needs done to ensure the kids are safe. Kids are the number one priority with our district, and Sheriff Thompson has made sure that it is their number one priority also. It is this attitude that makes them one of Weber Schools District’s most appreciated partners.
We are pleased to present the Ogden Weber Chamber Partners in Education Champion Award for 2016 to the Treehouse Children’s Museum Early Learning Committee.For the past three years, TCMELC has been diligently working on increasing the school readiness for incoming kindergarten students throughout Northern Utah. As a committee, they recognized a great need for early childhood support based on the statistics. The committee is primarily comprised of retired teachers who have a great desire to continue to provide inspiration and support to future generations of students. The committee designed and created an original activity book, Get Ready for Kindergarten with Miss Bindergarten, that contains activities that parents and their children can do throughout the summer to help them get ready to start school in the fall. Every spring during Kindergarten Roundups, these incoming kindergarten student in both the Ogden and Weber School Districts. To date, the project has reached more than 52,500 children and parents.