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Your Community Update - December 2019

13 Dec 2019 12:33 PM | Tiffanie Kinsch (Administrator)

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped with the Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation’s mission. It’s been quite a year for us all! We hope that 2019 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues, and your loved ones. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.

Upcoming Dates

Winter Mixer   (Staff Event)   January 3, 2020   3:30 - 6:30 p.m.   Bettis Sports Complex Event Center

Giving Thanks this Holiday Season

Did you know that when an individual reaches 70.5 years of age, they are required to start taking distributions from their 401K/IRA’s called a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)? The Distribution may be configured as a Qualified Charitable Deduction (QCD) with tax advantages by making the distributions directly to a non-profit organization. If you’re interested in this process, we recommend that you consult your tax advisor.

The Martin family has graciously implemented an annual QCD to the Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation! Their donation will help Shawnee Heights by; establishing scholarships, helping with the Foundation’s newly created Care Fund, and providing for an annual grant to the district’s elementary schools on a rotating basis. The Martins have asked that their donation directly impact district wide needs, and we are happy to help them with their vision to provide for the district.


 Golf Tournament

Our Annual Foundation Golf Tournament was held on August 2, 2019, at the Shawnee Country Club – Great Life Golf & Fitness. What a great tournament it turned out to be! The day started a little rocky with rain looking like it might postpone our event. However, with some encouragement from our sponsors and players, we decided to go forward with the event, and it turned out to be a beautiful day.

Thank you to everyone who came this year – to help or to play – and to all our sponsors. This event would not have been a success without the generous support provided to us. This year we raised over $10,000 to help support the students and teachers on Shawnee Heights USD 450!

The funds raised during this tournament go right back into the classrooms of Shawnee Heights. Teachers can apply for classroom grants and request things that aren’t otherwise in the district’s budget. Some of the things that teachers have asked for and received are funds for flexible seating, coding robots, and sensory objects.

Click here to view and download photos of the event.


On October 14, 2019, we held our Annual Foundation Breakfast. Martha Barnhill and the Shawnee Heights High School Junior Quartet graced us with their music as we began the morning. We were later inspired by the words of our keynote speaker, Sam Steuart, who spoke about the impact that the teachers had on him as he navigated through school at Shawnee Heights.

Sam is now studying American studies and biochemistry with a minor in Spanish at Kansas University. He has most recently earned the George Marshall Scholarship that will fund graduate study in the United Kingdom.

Thank you to everyone that helped make this event a delight, and thank you to all of our sponsors. We sincerely appreciate the willingness with which you have and continue to support our efforts to enhance, enrich, and expand opportunities for the students of Shawnee Heights. Thanks to your generous support, we were able to raise over $13,000 for the students and teachers of Shawnee Heights.

Click here to view and download photos of the event.

Ways to Donate: 

  • Visit our website at www.shawneeheightsfoundation.net
  • Support our Annual events:
    • Shawnee Heights Foundation Golf Tournament (Summer)
    • Shawnee Heights Foundation Breakfast (Fall) 
  • Chair Back Campaign - The shawnee Heights high school auditorium chairs are available to sponsor! Name plates are available to purchase and have placed on the back of the auditorium chairs. If you are interested in sponsoring a chair for you or a loved one, please visit our Auditorium Donation page.

"Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  4401 SE Shawnee Heights Rd., Tecumseh, KS 66542

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