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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • LHS graduate to speak at foundation breakfast

  • Reservations are open now for the Leavenworth Public School Education Foundation's 12th annual Foundation Breakfast.
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  • Reservations are open now for the Leavenworth Public School Education Foundation's 12th annual Foundation Breakfast.
    Scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. March 5 in the gymnasium at Leavenworth High School, the event is a sort of celebration of what the foundation and the schools have accomplished over the past year, according to foundation director Amy Sloan.
    "The whole purpose of the foundation breakfast is to thank our donors," she said.
    This year, Sloan said the foundation was able to surpass its $150,000 goal, raising a total of $154,547 in its annual campaign for educational grants and programs. During the breakfast, the foundation will also recognize the district educators who applied for and were awarded grants from the foundation. And the Leavenworth Kiwanis Club will hand out its Most Improved Readers awards to district students.
    And, each year, the foundation arranges for a guest speaker. It's not always a Leavenworth High School graduate, Sloan said, though college and professional basketball player Wayne Simien Jr. and former U.S. Parole Commission Chairman Ed Reilly Jr. — both alum — have been among those to address the audience.
    For the 2013 breakfast, Sloan said the speaker will be 1990 Leavenworth High School graduate Dr. Jennifer Klemp. Klemp is currently an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Clinical Oncology, a cancer risk counselor and the director of cancer survivorship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Last year, she helped launch a startup company aimed at training medical professionals in cancer survivorship in preparation for a new requirement that cancer centers have survivorship programs.
    "We're really excited to have Jennifer," Sloan said, pointing to her unique research in the field of cancer research.
    Tickets to the breakfast are available to foundation members for free and for $20 for non-members. Sloan said tickets can be purchased before Feb. 22 by contacting Sloan at amy.sloan@usd453.org, or 913-684-1400.

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