428 Education Foundation

Who we are...

The USD 428 Education Foundation is an independent community-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in our schools by directing its resources toward areas of identified need. Our legacy as a volunteer organization is to fund innovative educational ideas and programs outside the scope of the public-school budget.

We provide opportunities that enhance student learning and achievement, promote social and emotional development of students, and contribute to a strong school system and community.

What we do...

Through the generosity of the community, the USD 428 Education Foundation is able to generously award mini-grants to teachers as well as fund other learning and development opportunities that benefit our students and staff. We are proud to come alongside our talented teaching staff to provide access to innovate teaching tools and projects, enrichment materials and programs, and motivational guest speakers to name a few.

How to get involved...

The USD 428 Education Foundation is a non-profit, charitable 501 c 6 organization. The primary source of funds is an annual event held in November. The Annual Dinner & Auction provides opportunities for corporate sponsorship as well as opportunities for attendees to buy unique and exclusive auction items created or provided by our students.

The USD 428 also accepts memorial gifts or charitable contributions throughout the year. Gifts should be made payable to the USD 428 Education Foundation and sent to the address below. The USD 428 Education Foundation also holds an endowment fund at the Golden Belt Community Foundation, creating a fund and a legacy that will continue well into the future.

USD 428 Education Foundation, 201 S Patton Road, Great Bend, KS 67530


Due to COVID-19, the USD 428 Education Foundation is unable to host our annual fundraising event, typically held in November of each year. In its place, we are participating in the Golden Belt Gives initiative in an effort to raise funds for our annual mini-grants which are awarded to classroom teachers each Spring.

Between the dates of November 1 - December 1, supporters are invited to GIVE using the link below. There are additional matching funds and participation grants available to our organization through the Golden Belt Community Foundation.

THANK YOU for your continued support of education and innovative ideas in our classrooms!

USD 428 Education Foundation Trustees:

Taylor Calcara, President, Community Member

Tina Mingenback, Vice-President, Community Member

Kevin Keller, Treasurer, Community Member

Jayme Mayers, Secretary, Community Member

Anna Faye Hensley, Community Member

Susan Holste, Community Member

Kelsey Perry, USD 428 Elementary Teacher Representative

Misty Straub, USD 428 Administrative Representative

Susan Young, Board of Education Representative

Rachel Thexton, USD 428 Secondary Teacher Representative

Khris Thexton, Ex-Officio Member

Andrea Bauer, Ex-Officio Member