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Standard Examiner, October 31, 2017
|Perhaps you heard Sue Monk Kidd is speaking at the Ogden School Foundation’s Fall Author Event. And perhaps you just love Kidd’s best-selling novel, “The Secret Life of Bees,” but you heard tickets for her Nov. 9 appearance at the Eccles Conference Center were sold out.|
Standard Examiner, October 29, 2017
|Anyone searching for their true voice might want to check out this year’s Ogden School Foundation Fall Author Event. New York Times best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd will be the featured guest for the 21st rendition of the event that begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center Grand Ballroom, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden.|
Standard Examiner, October 18, 2017
The Ogden School Foundation surprised teachers throughout Ogden School District with almost $283,000 in grants. The foundation’s annual “surprise patrol” went around to schools Monday, Oct. 16, and Tuesday, Oct. 17, handing out big checks and balloons to lucky teachers.
Drum and dance instructor, Deja Mitchell, kicks off a week of workshops with mentor and visiting artist Sekou Soumah. The workshops were made possible by grants from Weber County Commission r.a.m.p (recreation arts museums and parks) and The Ogden School Foundation. Mitchell holds drum and dance classes weekly at the Eccles Community Art Center.
Standard Examiner, October 4, 2017
|Utah science fiction author Brandon Mull will be at this year’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Day. The event on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Ogden High School and is free and open to the public. Event organizer Kathy Gambles said workshops will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on a variety of topics, including the history of comic books, publishing and writing. The keynote event featuring Mull will begin at 4 p.m.|
Standard Examiner, May 24, 2017
|Acclaimed author Sue Monk Kidd will be coming to Ogden in a few months for the 2017 Fall Author Event. Kidd penned “The Secret Life of Bees,” “The Mermaid Chair,” “Traveling With Pomegranates” and “The Invention of Wings.” Her first book, “The Secret Life of Bees,” was on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a movie. The Fall Author Event is held annually by the Ogden School Foundation, and proceeds go to back into the district’s schools.|
Standard Examiner, March 27, 2017
The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s traveling troupe is performing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 30, at Ben Lomond High School. The event is free and open to the public. The Shakespeare Festival’s professional actors have been coming to work with students and perform for 17 years, said Ogden School Foundation Executive Director Janis Vause.
They’ve given all their funds. Now, they give their faith. The former sisters of St. Benedict Monastery in South Ogden traveled to Ogden Monday, Feb. 13, to distribute the last of the about $5 million of their foundation’s net worth. The monastery left the area nearly five years ago.
Standard Examiner, October 31, 2016
|Award-winning author Anthony Doerr is adding his name to a long list of writers who have attended the Ogden School District Foundation’s annual Fall Author Event. The event is the foundation’s largest fundraiser every year, drawing about 1,000 people in recent years and filling the Ogden Eccles Conference Center. Other authors who have attended include Ray Bradbury, Amy Tan, Neil Gaiman and Ken Burns.|
|Tina Mathewson’s class of fifth grade students was almost as excited as she was when members of the Ogden School District Foundation surprised her with a $1,000 check Monday morning. Mathewson, who teaches IT, language arts and science at Wasatch Elementary School, said she’s going to use the grant to buy four or five Chromebooks for her kids.|
Standard Examiner, September 6, 2016
|Ogden School Foundation director Janis Vause sits on the festival committee with Gambles. “Our community owes a lot of credit to Kathy (Gambles). She really rallied the community to bring this together and it will be incredible,” Vause said. “She has done this out of pure love for her community,”|
|United Way has partnered with the Ogden School Foundation to support student attendance by featuring students in the Ogden School District for perfect attendance. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, more than 1,770 elementary students will be featured at the Ogden School Foundation's "Night at the Raptors" baseball game. Those students have 98 percent or higher "perfect attendance" in Ogden School District.|