Registration for our spring academy will open on February 18 at 8 a.m.
Our next academy will be held in Des Moines, IA, on Tuesday, March 31. Sign up for our email list to be notified once registration has opened.
2020 SPRING ACADEMY DETAILS
ED THOMAS LEGACY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - for 9th-12th Graders
On Tuesday, March 31, the Ed Thomas Family Foundation will expand on its goal of keeping the legacy of Coach Ed Thomas alive. Coach Thomas was a leader whose main objective was teaching young people to “Do What’s Right”. He was a great role model who lived his life true to the values that he taught to all. The Ed Thomas Family Foundation will provide an opportunity for high school students to strengthen their positive leadership skills and character by sponsoring the Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy.
Registration will be 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Session 1 will begin at 8:50 a.m. Sessions completed by 2:00 p.m.
Iowa Events Center – Des Moines, IA
FIVE SPEAKING SESSIONS
Speaker TBA - 9:10 a.m.
Speaker TBA - 10:00 a.m.
Break-out Session - 10:30 a.m.
Al Kerns -Lunch A - 11:10 a.m
Al Kerns -Lunch B - 12:10 p.m
Aaron Thomas - 1:10 pm
$10 per participant & supervisors: each participant (including supervisors) will receive a T-shirt, lanyard + name tag, notebook, and pen. A sack lunch with a sub, fruit, and chips will be provided for each student. Water will be available free of charge.
*Checks can be mailed to: Ed Thomas Family Foundation, P.O. Box 536, Parkersburg, IA 50665. Currently, we do not have the capabilities to process credit card payments. Thank you for your understanding.
Each school is limited to no more than 12 student participants and 2 supervisors per school. Registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis as we fill up very quickly.
SPEAKER 1: TBA
SPEAKER 2: TBA
Former Teacher and Coach at Aplington-Parkersburg.
Al Kerns began teaching and coaching at Parkersburg High School in 1978. He retired from Aplington- Parkersburg in 2014 after 36 years of teaching. During his career at Parkersburg/ Aplington-Parkersburg, he was an assistant coach to Ed Thomas for over 30 years and the head girls’ track coach for 29 years.
High School Principal Aplington-Parkersburg.
Aaron Thomas is the oldest son of the Late Ed Thomas. At a young age, Aaron knew he wanted to go into education and coaching because he saw the impact his father was able to have on young people. Every day he witnessed the passion Ed Thomas displayed while working with young people.
The Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy was established to carry forward what Coach Thomas was most passionate about -impacting young people. Coach Thomas always claimed that the school was his mission field and he spent his life trying to help students realize their potential and the impact they can have on others.
The Ed Thomas Family Foundation is committed to carrying on Coach Thomas’ legacy by passing on his philosophies to students. Our first Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy was held on October 2, 2014 at Aplington-Parkersburg High School with over 490 students and supervisors in attendance. The response was so positive that we have continued to offer our academies each fall and spring. We have held five academies with over 2,300 students and supervisors in attendance. With our academies we hope to continue impacting young people to become positive leaders in their schools and communities.