Cokeville, Wyoming, is different from a place you’ll find in travel brochures or on the front pages of national newspapers. It’s a small, unassuming town nestled in the rugged landscapes of the Cowboy State. With just over 500 residents, it’s a quintessential small town where community values run deep. Lately, this peaceful rural community has shown strong support for education by coming together to help 16 junior students from Cokeville High School head to Washington, DC. This trip is designed to immerse them in the nation’s capital, bringing them closer to its history, culture, and government. For 16 eager high school juniors, this journey represents more than just a school trip; it is a chance to broaden their horizons and enhance their education in a way that textbooks and classrooms alone cannot provide.

In partnership with Fay Ranches’ agents Kelsea Vaughan and Neil Bangs on behalf of the Mackey family, who have been dedicated members of the community for generations, the Foundation took on a special mission – to assist in helping Cokeville High School’s junior students embark on the enriching journey to Washington, DC. Cokeville High School serves 106 students in grades 7-12. The Mackey family’s longstanding commitment to the community made this initiative even more meaningful, reflecting their deep-rooted desire to support the education and growth of the next generation in Cokeville. 

“Cokeville represents a typical rural American community, embodying the core principles of our mission at the Fay Rural Community Foundation. Our steadfast commitment is dedicated to improving education, healthcare, and youth resources within small towns nationwide. Within the serene backdrop of Cokeville, where 16 high school juniors harbor ambitious aspirations, our Foundation recognized a compelling responsibility to effect positive change.” – Susan Ferrin, Executive Director, Fay Rural Community Foundation.

“In Cokeville, we believe in the power of community and the value of education. Our small town may not be in the spotlight, but our commitment to our students’ dreams is unwavering. The journey to Washington, DC, is not just a school trip; it serves as a unique opportunity for our 16 motivated high school juniors to broaden their perspectives and uncover the heart of the nation. The invaluable support provided by the Fay Rural Community Foundation, Kelsea Vaughan and Neil Bangs from Fay Ranches, have made this educational endeavor a reality. Together, we’re proving that big hearts and strong communities can make extraordinary things happen even in the most unassuming places.” Kenneth Deitz, Principal

Kelsea Vaughan and Neil Bangs, agents with Fay Ranches, are more than just real estate experts. They are passionate advocates for the communities they serve. Their dedication extends beyond property transactions; they go above and beyond to support local initiatives.

The Fay Rural Community Foundation was founded with a distinct purpose: to address the resource and opportunity deficits commonly witnessed in small rural communities nationwide. Our commitment remains unwavering as we aim to improve healthcare, education, and youth resources in rural America. By directing our endeavors towards these pivotal areas, our objective is to make a profound difference in the overall welfare, quality of life, and economic vibrancy of these communities. Our passion and mission are centered on providing resources and opportunities that elevate the prospects and spirit of rural America.

This program is still in need of your support to achieve its vital goal of sending all 16 juniors to Washington, DC! If you’re passionate about making this dream a reality, please reach out to the Fay Rural Community Foundation. Let’s rally together and ensure the entire class can experience Washington, DC!

Project Update: Thanks to the generosity of Garden & Gun, all sixteen of these Cokeville, Wyoming, juniors will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C.

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