PUSD Education Foundation raises $52,000 to support district teachers and students

Article originally published in The Daily Courier (Nanci Hutson) – September 25, 2021

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Prescott Unified School District Education Foundation’s seventh Sip & Savor gala at the renovated, 118-year-old Sam Hill Warehouse on Saturday, Sept. 18 raised $52,000 to benefit educators and students in the district.

In addition to that feat, the event celebrated the launch of the first endowed scholarships for PHS students.

Some 200 guests supporting the district’s efforts attended the event that highlighted the importance of supporting teachers and students, the district’s mission for 153 years.

PUSD’s honored educator Terry Pemberton, an industrial arts and technology instructor at Mile High Middle School who this year is celebrating his 51st year in the profession and in Prescott, thanked the guests for their support that enables the district to offer programs and supplies unable to find their way into what every year are tight operation budgets.

“For years the foundation has provided critically needed funds for me and so many of my fellow teachers,” Pemberton said as shared in a foundation news release. “Their support has made it doable for the students in my classroom to have access to state-of-the-art materials and instructional supplies that otherwise could not have been possible.”

Image of people at the 2021 Sip and Savor Event

PUSD’s longest-serving educator, Terry Pemberton, with guests Barb and Don Michelman (Bill Leyden Photography/Courtesy)

Cross Eyed Possum Band

Prescott High graduates Jonah and Jason Howard – The Cross-Eyed Possum – provide the entertainment at the Prescott Unified School District Education Foundation’s seventh annual Sip & Savor gala (Bill Leyden Photography/Courtesy)