Party With a Purpose

Party With a Purpose a significant success

Plymouth Education Foundation's second-time benefit event, Party With A Purpose, held Nov. 9 at the Wade House Visitor Center, was a significant success, raising more than $90,000 to enhance the educational experience for students enrolled in the Plymouth School District.

More than 150 attendees showed support for public education and sustaining a tradition of providing a high-quality education in Plymouth. The PEP Rally theme, along with the energy and excitement of the attendees coming together to celebrate, contributed to the generous donations made that evening that will make a difference for all students and the future of our community.

More than $15,000 was raised during the live auction, Raise Your Paw, and will go directly to help support the new Health Careers Curriculum and classroom at Plymouth High School, preparing students for careers in the medical field as critical, analytical and creative problem solvers. Students will leave this curriculum ready for direct entry as a nursing assistant, lab tech, or work in records. It will prepare students entering college as nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, or doctors.

The net proceeds of this event will be used to expand the foundation's mission of enhancing the educational experience for students in all five district schools: PHS, Riverview, Fairview Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School and Parkview Elementary School. The foundation provides funding for grants to enhance academic enrichment, extracurricular activities, professional development and connecting students with their futures and the community. It also provides funds for capital projects that prepare students for 21st century learning as well as scholarships for higher education to two-year technical schools and fouryear colleges/universities. The foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, and your support will allow it to continue its mission to make a difference in our schools and our community.

Donations to the Plymouth Education Foundation, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, provides a reliable source of revenue separate from restricted public funding to keep pace with advances in technology, maintain a rigorous curriculum, and provide modern learning environments that prepare students for future careers.

The foundation's 16-person board of directors and its dedicated volunteers will continue to work hard partnering with the school district to meet and exceed the needs of all students - direct entry into the workforce, two-year technical school, and four-year college/university - to be career ready and prepared for success in life.

If you were unable to attend the Foundation's Party With a Purpose and would still like to contribute to support a high-quality education in Plymouth for all students enrolled in the Plymouth School District, please follow this link to make a donation to the Plymouth Education Foundation's at


Laura Koebel wins Spirit of Innovation Award

The Plymouth Education Foundation has honored Plymouth High School teacher Laura Koebel with its Spirit of Innovation, Leadership and Service Award.

“Tonight’s recipient understands that a vibrant and diverse school system benefits not only the students, but also the community as a whole,” President Karen Rhyan said in announcing the award Nov. 9 at the foundation’s Party with a Purpose fundraiser.

Mrs. Koebel, language teacher and champion of global studies, is a leader in the student languages curriculum; organizes international student language and service trips; facilitates exchange programs with Columbian and Thai students and educators; advises WeAct, a local and global student service club; supports students at all levels in applying for global scholarships; and mentors AFS exchange students.

One of her many flagship initiatives is the Global Education Achievement Certificate, which was subsequently adopted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

“She believes all students deserve an educational environment where they can strive to be their personal best,” Mrs. Rhyan said. “She has tirelessly worked to invent and champion global opportunities for both students of Plymouth and the community at large.”

The Spirit of Innovation, Leadership and Service Award is given every other year to an outstanding community member, student, teacher, alumni or civic organization. The recipient must meet the award criteria, which includes:

  • Strong support for quality public education
  • Dedication to improving the Plymouth School District’s educational model and the overall impact of public education on our community
  • Inspirational leadership within the district
  • Collaboration to build partnerships within the community

The first award was given posthumously to former Board of Education President Mark Rhyan in 2016.

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Mrs. Koebel at podium