Estes Park Education Foundation Supports Worthwhile Projects for Estes Park Schools – Estes Park Trail-Gazette


Last October, the Estes Park Education Foundation (EPEF) hosted its annual Pumpkins & Pilsners event at Bond Park. EPEF warmly thanks the Estes Park community (individuals and sponsors) for their support of this wonderful event. Funds raised at Pumpkins & Pilsners, along with other fundraising activities and private donations, have already been used for some outstanding programs within Estes Park Schools.

EPHS Choir students in their new tuxedos at the Denver Nuggets game on March 2, 2022.

Online scholarship management system

Gone are the days when high school seniors had to fill out many different applications for the local scholarships our generous community offers. Our advisors, teachers and scholarship providers no longer need to manually manage the many applications. With a matching gift from Mueller, Pye, & Associated, CPA, EPEF, and EPHS launched a new online scholarship management system for this year’s senior graduates. The system works in a cascade where standard information is entered once and then, based on specific responses, students are matched to the scholarship opportunities they qualify for when they provide any additional information needed for a scholarship. particular.

Geometry Construction students working on the EPEF storage shed.

HOSA – Future Health Professionals

The Estes Park High School chapter of HOSA – Future Health Professionals (fka: Health Occupations Students of America) and their advisor, Ms. Cynda Basch, sent a record 12 students to the recent HOSA Colorado State Leadership Conference in Denver. EPEF was proud to help students with funds for tuition and uniforms. The students participated in several competitions such as medical mathematics, medical/dental terminology and nutrition. Commenting on his experience, Mikah Gay, Junior EPHS, said, “SLC was a really good experience. I think everyone had a great time and we all got to see our hard work lead to success.

EPHS Concert Choir

The EPHS Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Alan Denney, was asked to sing the national anthem at a Denver Nuggets game on March 2. EPEF provided funds to several male students to purchase the required tuxedos. These tuxedos, which now belong to the high school, will be made available to students for future performances. “I can’t believe the first concert I attended with J Cole and 21 Savage was where I got to play for the first time! “Giving my chance. We all look good, but I think I look the most like James Bond. Dr. Denney is an amazing teacher!” said choir member Damien Hernandez.

Construction geometry class

In a mutually beneficial project, Mrs. Sarah Schmidt’s construction geometry class in high school is building a storage shed for EPEF on the elementary school grounds. 23 students participated in the design and construction of this hangar. The students did a project management study and defined milestones before starting construction. They also learned about scale models (geometry standards: similarity, ratios and expansions) and built balsa wood models of different shed designs to choose from. EPEF provided the funds for the equipment and is very grateful to have such a nice shelter to store their belongings. The shed will be finished soon, weather permitting. Anyone who wants the Construction Geometry class to build them a shed, playhouse, etc. should contact the school.

David Martin Fund for Classroom Innovation

Beloved former teacher and coach of Estes Park High School, Mr. David Martin, recently passed away and his family established the David Martin Fund for Classroom Innovation at the Estes Park Education Foundation. EPEF is honored to oversee this fund and all donations will be dedicated to supporting teachers in designing and implementing creative classroom experiences for their students. Donations can be made online by visiting and clicking the Colorado Gives button in the footer or by sending a check to PO Box 4444, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please write “David Martin Fund” on the memo line.

Youth in action

Henry Igle and Joshua Landkamer of Ms. Marcia Weaver’s Youth in Action (YIA) program recently attended an EPEF board meeting. Henry and Josh, along with fellow student Mikah Gay, will liaise between the high school students and the foundation while learning how nonprofit board meetings are conducted.

The mission of the Estes Park Education Foundation is to inspire community investment in exemplary learning experiences for the students of today in order to develop our citizens of tomorrow. EPEF strives to provide a seamless unity between the community and the students and teachers of the Estes Park School District by supporting our students’ journey to graduate and become responsible and successful citizens. To find out more about EPEF, go to Please consider donating to the foundation to continue providing these valuable opportunities to our local students. Additionally, EPEF is an all-volunteer working council that currently has an opening for a director on its council. He is also looking for a volunteer with experience in QuickBooks to assist the Treasurer. If you are passionate about education and want to make a difference in a direct and tangible way, please contact EPEF at [email protected]


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