BLUE VALLEY EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2008
The Blue Valley Educational Foundation held its 18th annual Community
Breakfast Sept 4 at the Overland Park Convention Center.
John Holt with Fox 4 News hosted the event. The breakfast opened with the Star
Spangled Banner sang by Carly Cubbage a freshman at Blue Valley West.
A video showcasing some of the 40 grant’s funded last year by BVEF was shown
as the guests enjoyed breakfast.
Three presenting sponsors were recognized for donating at the $10,000 level: The
Administrative Assistants, Ltd. and Shawnee Mission Medical Center. All 31 Blue Valley
parent organizations were thanked for their sponsorship by BVEF Executive Director,
Kate Allen and BVEF President, Tom Mitchell. The parent groups’ cumulative donations
were recognized at the presenting sponsor level. Underwriting sponsor Capital Federal
Savings was recognized for donating $7,500.
Staff and student Sunflower Ambassadors who exemplify the Blue Valley Virtues
were honored. Student Ambassador Jake New from Blue Valley Northwest and Staff
Ambassador Allison French from Mission Trail Elementary school were the winners of a
laptop drawing compliments of Dell Computers.
The highlight of the breakfast was the “State of the District” address given by
Superintendent Tom Trigg to the more than 900 attendees.
Dr. Trigg highlighted some of the district’s accomplishments and progress on the
strategic plan such as 95% of Blue Valley students meeting standards or better in math
and 95.7% meeting standards or better in reading. Also, for the sixth year in a row all
Blue Valley Schools and the district made Academic Yearly Progress (AYP).
Doug Dellinger, a Blue Valley North graduate, was named a U. S. Presidential
Scholar and his accomplishments were shared in a video story.
Dr. Trigg closed with the story of 2008 graduate Elizabeth Boresow. Her story
told how the Blue Valley North community embraced her at one of her lowest moments
and took her to heights beyond what anyone thought was possible. Her story represented
the district’s goal of unparalleled personal growth for every student.
This year’s breakfast raised nearly $180,000.