Marana Unified School District students, teachers and staffers were honored last week as the Marana 2340 Foundation held their annual Celebration of Excellence luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.
The event serves as a fundraiser for the foundation but also honors top students and employees in the district. Twelve MUSD high school seniors, from Marana, Mountain View and MCAT High received scholarships.
“The best part of this event is that we are changing lives,” said 2340 Foundation President Dan Post. “We are changing the lives of the young people who are receiving scholarships.”
Almost 200 people attended the event with KOLD TV news anchor Dan Marries served as Master of Ceremonies.
“We have great sponsors and great partners in being able to do this to show off what we are doing for our students,” said MUSD Superintendent Dr. Doug Wilson.
In addition to handing out scholarships, the foundation honored three MUSD employees. Quail Run Elementary speech pathologist Beth Gapp was honored as Teacher of the Year, Thornydale crossing guard Johnnie Edmond and director of public relations Tamara Crawley were named the district’s employees of the year.
Marana High’s Toby Bourguet and Jim Hunter, and Mountain View High’s Michelle Ortiz and Torrey Speer were inducted into their respective halls of fame.
The 2340 Foundation is a non-profit formed in 2012 to support MUSD through resources that should aid every student by supporting processes that enhance teaching and learning. Some of their programs include scholarships, math and reading tutoring, and professional development for teachers.
“The Marana Schools’ 2340 Foundation is committed to ensuring that every student is prepared for future success and has a vision for life,” Post said. “We believe the key to a vibrant community is an excellent educational experience for all students. Through partnerships with business and community members, we are able to provide scholarships and celebrate excellence in the Marana school district.”
The 2340 Foundation name was inspired by the desire to enrich a student’s educational experience, all 2340 days, from kindergarten through 12th grade