The Fort Zumwalt Education Foundation hosts its sixth annual Taste of Fort Zumwalt event on Monday night.
From 5-7:30 p.m. at the O'Fallon Elks Lodge, 1163 Tom Ginnever Ave., residents are welcome to mingle, enjoy a variety of food and win prizes.
Patty Corum, deputy superintendent of personnel services, said attendees will taste food from 15 restaurants that volunteered to take part. There is also a silent auction, raffle prizes and a DJ.
All proceeds from Taste of Fort Zumwalt benefit the district's Grow Your Own Teachers Program (GYOT).
GYOT, which began in 2005, is a program for Fort Zumwalt seniors who are interested in pursuing teaching careers in high needs areas, including math, science and special education.
According to Corum, students selected for the program receive $3,000 a semester for their college education and the support of a mentor from the.
Each participant in the GYOT program must return to the Fort Zumwalt School District upon completion of their certification and teach for at least four years.
There are currently seven student recipients of the GYOT program, studying at three Missouri universities.
The program is supported by the Fort Zumwalt Education Foundation fundraisers, which include a fun run in May and golf tournament in April.
Corum said Taste of Fort Zumwalt is one of the largest fundraisers, bringing in between $7,000-8,000 each year.
The event is organized by Fort Zumwalt teachers, parents and administrators.
Tickets are one for $20 or two for $30 and can be purchased at the door of the O’Fallon Elks Lodge on Monday evening. Participants must be at least 21 years old.
For more information on the GYOT program, visit the Fort Zumwalt Education Foundation’s website.