Foundation welcomes KU athletic director at annual breakfast
This year’s “Rise & Shine Recognition Breakfast” will be of interest to sports fans, and Kansas University fans in particular.
The guest speaker for the third annual event, set for April 29 in the Bonner Springs High School cafeteria, is Sheahon Zenger, KU’s athletic director. The event serves to recognize excellence in USD 204 and raise funds for the Education Foundation’s scholarships.
Jerry Abbott, director of the foundation, said Leticia Porter, director of elementary instruction and student support, first suggested Zenger as a speaker after hearing him speak at a conference.
“Several colleagues of mine had also heard him and really were quite taken with his words, his message and his delivery,” Abbott said.
But Zenger was booked the day of last year’s breakfast, so Abbott kept in touch with his secretary and finally got confirmation he could attend this year’s event in February.
Named athletic director at KU in 2011, Zenger is an appropriate speaker for an educational event because his bachelor’s degree is in English and secondary education and he earned a doctorate in educational policy and leadership.
He may appeal to Kansas State University fans as well, because he worked on Bill Snyder’s football staff there from 1989 to 1992, serving as assistant recruiting coordinator and director of football operations.
“We are delighted to have him,” Abbott said. “His parents are educators, and he’s a western Kansas boy who has done some wonderful things.”
The event will begin at 7:10 a.m. for breakfast and networking activities, followed by the recognition program at 7:45.
Abbott said the event continues to celebrate accomplishments of students and staff, from the elementary student-created place mats to the student work displayed throughout the cafeteria. Two elementary school choirs will perform, as will the high school show choir, Project X. Ten seniors earning scholarships from the foundation will be recognized, along with faculty, who have earned foundation grants and Excellence in Education awards in March and April.
“It’s a time the business community can network,” Abbott said. “I tell people they really should bring business cards, because we want it to be beneficial to them, and yet we do try to get them out by 8:45 to get them back to work.”
Table sponsorships are still available for $250, or eight tickets, but individual tickets also are available at $25.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting the foundation office, 913-422-5600, extension 1022, or by clicking on the Give2School link at usd204.net/educationfoundation.