Charity spotlight: Summit Prep Academy

Summit Preparatory School in Springfield uses PCCC dollars toward scholarships.
Summit Preparatory School in Springfield uses PCCC dollars toward scholarships.

You’d assume that $6,00 isn’t much, but it’s significant at The Summit Preparatory School.

The private educational facility in southwest Springfield partnered with the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper three years ago and uses the tournament’s donations toward scholarships for low-income students.

To Katie Heet, who teaches elementary students, the teachers all have a bounce in their steps anyway. Being flanked by even more supporters can be inspiring.

“I think that’s what’s true about teaching,” Heet said. “It can be one of the most challenging professions but also one of the most rewarding.”

In other words, your donations to the PCCC – the PGA’s Web.com Tour stop in Springfield – are truly meaningful, and you can make a difference again as the tournament returns in August to Highland Springs Country Club. The tournament has gifted almost $13 million to children’s charities in the past 26 years.

About Summit Preparatory School

“The reason we joined the tournament a couple of years ago was because I had seen the benefits it gave to other charities,” said Laura Hover-Skiles, Director of Development for Summit Prep. “I think it’s neat to see the synergy of these charities that come together and support kids. It’s powerful. When you are a small school, you need that power.”

The Summit Preparatory School is independent of any local school district  and offers small class sizes and strong parent-teacher-student communication.

The mission of the school is to provide students with an empowering education in a supportive, stimulating environment.

This is achieved through small class sizes, a strong foreign language program, progressive education principles and a challenging differentiated curriculum. Summit students are prepared to succeed in college and beyond.

As Heet noted, the classrooms include large carpet spaces and carpet bags as teachers try to reach students in a variety of ways.

“We’ve seen significant growth with individuals,” Heet said.

Overall, The Summit is a small, progressive, independent school that cares beyond the completion of required courses to the development and future of the whole child. It teaches not only the skills for academic success but, more importantly, how to overcome challenges, solve problems and pursue lifelong achievement.

The average class size is 15 students and capped at 18 students.

“We’re really fortunate in Springfield that we have a lot of great schools,” Hover-Skiles said. “I’m a believer that there’s not a right way to do education. I hate to see opportunities put in front of kids who cannot afford it.”

RISING STARS, RAISING HOPES

  • BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses also can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the skyboxes on the 9th and 18th greens (with food badges), on-course signage and events such as a dozen Pro-Ams. Businesses also can donate a gift card with at least a $25 value in the name of your charity of choice to benefit them in the Golf Ball & Charity Auction presented by Copy Products, Inc. and University Plaza.

    The Ultimate
    The Ultimate sponsorship means air-conditioned and covered seating on the 18th green and a chance to win a Corvette Stingray.
  • WIN A NEW TRUCK: The purchase of a $25 TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes ticket can win one of 500 daily gift cards as well as grand prizes of $10,000 and a 2016 Ford F-150 XLT. It’s also good for a four-day tournament pass.

    Win this truck
    Win this truck or $10,000
  • SEE THE FUTURE OF THE PGA TOUR: The PCCC is from Aug. 5-15, with the pros beginning play on Aug. 11 at Highland Springs Country Club. For tickets or other ways to assist, call the Price Cutter Charity Championship staff at 417-887-3400.

    Dawie vander Walt shows his winners trophy after the final round of the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield on August 16, 2015.
    Dawie vander Walt won the 2015 PCCC (Photo courtesy of StidzMedia)
  • SUMMIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL: The private school in southwest Springfield uses PCCC dollars to help offset scholarships of low-income students. The school’s number is 417-869-8077.

A call for volunteers: PCCC needs you

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SPRINGFIELD — When it comes to volunteering for the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, two longtime volunteers offer reasons why more in the community should sign up soon.

“I suppose when you get right down to it, it’s when we go to the Celebration of Sharing (in late November) and give the money away to charities,” said Byron Bergman, a Marshfield resident and, since 2004, a tournament volunteer. “That’s what we’re doing this for.”

The 27th annual tournament, a PGA Web.com Tour stop, has long thrived on an army of volunteers – roughly 1,000 per year – and the tournament on Thursday issued a call for volunteers again. The greatest need at this time is for walking scorers and marshals. The tournament, scheduled for Aug. 11-14 at Highland Springs Country Club, has gifted almost $13 million in the past 26 years to Ozarks-area children’s charities.

Jacque Walton (27 years) as well as Bergman and Jackie Barger, the Director of the Children’s Smile Center, have been volunteering for years.

“Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the tournament,” said Sharyn Wagoner, PCCC Tournament Chair. “There are over 1,000 volunteers each year doing everything from parking cars, driving shuttles, feeding volunteers, providing childcare for golfers’ families, to keeping score and marshaling the course. Without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, we would not be able to accomplish all that we do.”

To become a volunteer, visit the tournament website at pricecuttercc.org to sign up, or call the tournament office at 417-887-3400.

Volunteers are asked to pay $45, which includes a lot of perks: a polo shirt, cap or visor, backpack, water bottle, tickets to the tournament, general admission tickets to the Springfield Cardinals and access to parties, including the Volunteer Party in the Jackson Brothers of the Ozarks tent after the championship round. Volunteers who work two shifts are eligible for either a round of golf at Rivercut Golf Course or a dinner certificate to Gilardi’s.

Walking scorers have the additional perk of walking the course with three professional golfers inside the ropes while keeping score. The on-course services include a variety of roles such as keeping coolers stocked for the pros.

Bergman began volunteering in 2004 with a charity and has expanded his role. He started out as a marshal and now chairs the Operations Committee, which oversees transportation, staging, and first aid among other things. He also handles the Caddy Bibs program, which mirrors that of the PGA Tour.

“I thoroughly enjoy it,” Bergman said of the tournament. “It’s fun to see the pros playing. And you get to see them before they make the big tour.”

This will mark the 10th year in which Children’s Smile Center has been serving southwest Missouri. The non-profit covers the cost of what Medicaid will not for families in need of dental care. Many dentists in the center’s six-county area do not accept Medicaid.

That’s why Barger has made it a point to volunteer each day of the tournament since he became director in 2010.

“For me, community service is one of the most heartfelt things you can do,” Barger said. “It’s a sense of fulfillment and, in the bigger picture, taking care of people in need.”

The call for volunteers comes as PCCC-related events are rapidly approaching: a free Kids Fun Day and Junior Golf Clinic presented by the Missouri Golf Association is at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 15 at Highland Springs Country Club; and the Michele Kiser Women’s Golf Clinic and Fashion Show presented by Advertising Plus on Aug. 1 at Highland Springs.

Want to volunteer for the PCCC?

Sign up: Go to pricecuttercc.org or call 417-887-3400

Dates: The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is Aug. 11-14 at Highland Springs Country Club.

The perks: A polo shirt, cap or visor, backpack, water bottle, tickets to the tournament, general admission tickets to the Springfield Cardinals and access to parties, including the volunteers’ party in the Jackson Brothers of the Ozarks tent after the championship round. Volunteers who work two shifts are eligible for either a round of golf Rivercut Golf Course or a dinner certificate at Gilardi’s.