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Junior League fundraising to provide low-income families in Ogden School District with internet hotspots

Standard Examiner, September 10, 2020

"Our demographics are some of the toughest in the state in terms of economic hardship," said Janis Vause, executive director of Ogden School Foundation, the district's fundraising arm.

Ogden School Foundation's Excellence in Teaching Awards

Standard Examiner, May 12, 2020

The Ogden School Foundation visits Ogden School District teachers at their homes to give Excellence in Teaching Awards.

NBA icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to speak at Ogden School District's Fall Author Event

Standard Examiner, March 27, 2020

Each fall, the Ogden School Foundation brings in a different well-known author to speak at an annual fundraising dinner. It's fair to say the upcoming 2020 Fall Author Event will be nothing short of a slam dunk.

Ogden Teachers Get Donations for School Supplies (video)

KSL News, February 10, 2020

Elementary school teachers in the Ogden School District received $600 to help with the supplies budget for each of their classrooms thanks to Real Salt Lake's "Scoring for Schools" campaign and other sponsors.

Elementary teachers in Ogden School District get a mid-year surprise

Standard Examiner, February 10, 2020

Elementary teachers in Ogden School District have all been offered $600 to purchase additional supplies for their classroom.

Ogden students meet with New York Times best-selling author, family of woman who made modern medicine possible

Standard Examiner, November 16, 2019

Henrietta Lacks was only about 30 when a doctor at Johns Hopkins shared some of her cells, taken from a cervical cancer biopsy in 1951, with a colleague who was a researcher.

Ogden School Foundation brings science writer Rebecca Skloot to town

Standard Examiner, November 12, 2019

Some Ogdenites wear their love of literacy on their sleeves, as evidenced by this year's Ogden School Foundation Fall Author Event selling out in about a month -- way back in March. 

Narrative non-fiction master Erik Larson shares his love of history with Ogden

Standard Examiner, November 4, 2018

Erik Larson hates to fly, but that won't stop him from boarding an avian sardine tin (what an airplane feels like when you're 6'2") and heading west for Ogden School Foundation's Fall Author Event.

More than an event — a chance to improve the quality of education in Ogden

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.

Best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd bringing life lessons to Ogden schools event

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.


Ogden teachers surprised with $283K in grants for projects to help kids learn

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.

Traditional African Drum Classes

Standard Examiner, October 13, 2017

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.


Young adult sci-fi, fantasy author Brandon Mull coming to Ogden High School

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.


'The Secret Life of Bees' author coming to Ogden schools' Fall Author Event

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.

Utah Shakespeare Festival troupe to give free performance at Ben Lomond High

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.

Benedictine sisters give last of assets to Northern Utah nonprofits

Standard Examiner, February 15, 2017

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.

Award-winning author Anthony Doerr headlines Ogden School District fundraiser

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.

Ogden School District teachers surprised with grant money during class

Standard Examiner, October 3, 2016

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.

Utah Humanities Book Festival spreads to Ogden

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,”


Ogden students with top attendance get night out at Raptors baseball game

Standard Examiner, August 31, 2016:

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.