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story.lead_photo.caption Amy Lee, left, a teacher at Futon High School, tells Fulton Public School Foundation Gala attendees about how the four KitchenAid mixers awarded to the Foods and Advanced Foods lab have benefited the class. She and other classroom grant recipients attended the 2018 FPSF Gala. Photo by Helen Wilbers / Fulton Sun.

This year's annual Fulton Public Schools Gala will be held Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Westminster College dining hall.

Each year the Fulton Public Schools Foundation will host a gala dinner to recognize foundation leaders, supporters and alumni.

The FPS Foundation will be honoring Gene Hamilton, Bil Jackson, Jack Garner, Carol Robertson, Marjorie Castle as well as the classroom grant teachers.

Jackson and the late Hamilton are alumni from FPS. Hamilton graduated in 1960, and Jackson in 1977. Hamilton was the Chairmen of the Missouri Supreme Court's Criminal Procedures Committee, a prosecuting attorney for Callaway County and a circuit judge for Missouri's 13th Judicial Circuit. Jackson was a music student at the high school, and went on to become a well-known clarinetist.

The late Castle and late Garner were faculty members at FPS. Castle was a long time teacher and principal who influenced the lives of many students. And Garner was the vocal music teacher at the high school for many years. A group of his former students will be performing at the gala in his honor.

Robertson is also a previous faculty member from FPS. She retired after 3o years of teaching genetics, chemistry and biology.

The teachers who have received grants will have a display of their projects to show the community. And then key leaders, donors and reunion classes will be recognized for their generosity towards the foundation. Awards will be given out to celebrate those who help support the foundation's efforts towards the Fulton Public Schools.

The foundation was established almost 20 years ago. And to this day, their mission stands strong.

"Our mission," said board president Jane Bell. "Is to add value to our students' experience in the public schools. And we accomplish our mission through the donations we receive and by giving our scholarships to students as they graduate. We also issue grants to individual teachers at every level to help them fulfil some idea they have that will enhance the education of our students."

They give out over $10,000 worth of classroom grants annually. So the money they make from the gala dinner goes toward funding the FPS.

Those who wish to attend this year's gala will need to make a reservation by purchasing a $50 ticket, which includes the program and dinner, at http://fultonschoolsfoundation.org/.

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