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Taylor Public School Foundation * Appreciation Breakfast for 2019 Scholarship Donors * Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The appreciation breakfast was held at the Taylor Public School District “Chopping Block” Restaurant, which is part of the District’s culinary arts program
Ken Nelson, Scholarship Committee Chairperson opened the presentation with prayer led by Foundation member Pastor Ryan Bettinger, Taylor Ministerial Association Representative to the Foundation

Ken reviewed the theme from the previous presentations; “Angel Wings” from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, emphasizing that our donors are angels, and then “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” emphasizing that donors are winners.

This year’s theme was “Beacons of Light”. Ken led the group in a mock pep rally spelling out the word BEACON. Six students from the Taylor High School Honors Choir performed the song, “You Can’t Be a Beacon (if Your Light Don’t Shine)”

He then referred to various definitions of the word beacon: a strong light used to guide the way; from the Bible the book of Matthew, “Let your light shine before others that they may see your good works”; the nature of light is that it is always victorious over darkness; and an act of light is showing goodness and kindness, which does make a difference.

One of the donors, Tim Rodgers class of 1976 John F. Kennedy High School, was in attendance. Mr. Nelson had Tim speak about his experiences in the Taylor Schools and the support and nurturing he received from teachers, coaches, and principals which led to his very successful career in business. Because of those experiences he has decided to be a “beacon” and give back to the Taylor Public Schools and establish a scholarship.

Ken then awarded approximately fifteen Certificates of Appreciation to various donors of scholarships, totaling approximately $30,000, to be distributed in June of 2019. Each certificate was imprinted with the donors name and a picture of a light house shining its beacon of light.

In addition, a certificate of appreciation was awarded to Roger (Taylor Center 1967 graduate) and Pam (J.F. Kennedy 1967 graduate) Swap. They gave a very generous donation to the Foundation which will support the funding of students who are enrolled in the school district vocal music, instrumental music, and drama programs, to attend The Phantom of the Opera at the Fisher Theater in January 2019.

The presentation ended by Mr. Nelson having the attendees sing “If You Are Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands”, of course with all clapping our hands!