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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 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.”


  • 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.