October 2020 Mark your calendar and recruit your team! Join us for ZEF Bash 2020 for a night of fun and interactive Trivia Night on Saturday, Nov. 14. Don’t miss this chance to support our schools while engaging in a little friendly competition with your friends and family and a chance to earn the ZEF Bash Trivia Night trophy, designed and built by ZCS students Lauren Kaltenmark and Brianna Monahan with guidance from ZCHS art teacher Grace Fletcher. What Is the Zionsville Education Foundation? Did you know that Zionsville Community Schools is the lowest-funded public school corporation per student in the state? The funds raised by ZEF are used to help bridge the gap between the basic curricular necessities provided by the state funds and the innovative ideas our educators create to encourage our students to develop into lifelong thinkers. ZEF relies on corporate sponsors, individual donations, support from local businesses and fundraising events, such as its annual “Bash,” to support its mission. The funds that are donated and/or raised are used to award grants to ZCS teachers that are categorized as Classroom Grants, Imagine Professional Development Grants and Student Enrichment Grants. Lyle Browne, ZEF executive director, stated, “The need is greater now than it probably has ever been. The teachers have not stopped being creative, and they have not stopped finding ways to be innovative during this time. We want to make sure that we maintain our ability to help when the schools call us, and that’s what ZEF Bash does—it not only helps us fund the fall grants for teachers, but it will also help us be ready for that next big need.” Pivoting in Spite of Pandemic ZEF Bash co-chairs Kim Lewis and Amy Essley have thoughtfully planned this year’s fundraiser strategically around the current pandemic but without compromising the fun factor and end game. “We’ve partnered with Hambone’s Trivia to have a fun and interactive night where we can meet people where they are in this pandemic,” Lewis shared. “We wanted to create many different opportunities for people to participate. They can form teams up to eight people or they can participate with themselves and their immediate family/friends and play at home. They can invite their team to come to their house, or they can go to one of our partnering restaurants, make a reservation and play. While supplies last, we will be delivering swag bags the morning of to the team captains who are hosting a team.” Essley added, “We will have a gift card pull this year and have 125 gift cards valued at $20 each from local restaurants and businesses that were purchased and donated by our committee as another way to support the local businesses here in town.” The co-chairs mentioned that ZEF Bash Trivia Night will still feature an impressive silent auction that will offer extraordinary trips for those suffering wanderlust. And for those who anxiously await the annual ZEF cap reveal, Essley assured me that the famous “Cap off the Night” portion of the program will take place that evening. Don’t miss out on the fun! Visit ZEF’s website at zionsvilleeducationfoundation.org to register yourself and/or your team. It’s $160 for a team of eight or $50 for two adults or two adults with kids. The trivia competition will last from 7–8:30 p.m.