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Welcome to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation website presenting our award winning programs and success stories. Founded in 1984 by the Omaha Board of Education, the Omaha Schools Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (C3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors (all residents of the Omaha School District), and incorporated under Nebraska Law as a nonprofit corporation. At the most basic level, the Omaha Schools Foundation exists to raise funds for projects and programs which cannot be funded by tax dollars.

We are excited to share our enthusiasm for the Omaha Public Schools amazing students, administrators, teachers and curriculums and encourage you to participate in supporting the many programs and scholarships which facilitate the success of our students. 

Early Childhood Learning Classrooms Registration

Omaha Public Schools Foundation PreK applications for the 2017-18 school year arrived at each school on January 9th.  All open houses will take place the first week of February if you are interested in visiting. 

  • Fullerton - Feb. 6
  • Harrison - Feb. 7
  • Picotte - Feb. 7
  • Saddlebrook - Feb. 8. 
  • Standing Bear's is yet to be determined as the classroom is already full! 

The principals will be meeting on Feb. 17 for the first lottery. For further information please contact the school directly. (Directory Listing Below)

Fullerton Magnet Center
4711 N 138 St
Harrison Elementary
5304 Hamilton St
Picotte Elementary
14506 Ohio St
Saddlebrook Elementary
14850 Laurel Ave
Standing Bear Elementary
15860 Taylor Street

Scholarship Established in Memory of Laura Magaña

Sue Aguilera-RoblesThe Omaha Public School Foundation has established a scholarship in memory of Spring Lake Teacher, Laura Magaña. Ms.  Magaña died unexpectedly in her home Sunday night. She was a first-year teacher in the Omaha Public Schools’ dual-language program, where students learn lessons in both English and Spanish. To donate to the Scholarship visit our secure payment form.

Northwest 2016 GBB Team Is Going to the Nike Tournament of Champions

Northwest Women's BasketballThis year our girls’ basketball team was invited to play in the NIKE Tournament of Champions, December 18-22 in Phoenix, AZ and now their dream is coming true thanks to their hard work and your generous donations. They are one of 80 teams from across the country that have been invited to play in this Nike sponsored event. This is a huge honor for Omaha Northwest Magnet High School, our girl’s basketball program and the Omaha community.

The Huskies will be competing at the national level against some of the premiere high school programs in the country. The way the girls represented our program, school and community last year had a lot to do with the Huskies team being invited to this prestigious event.

Thank you for your support of the Northwest Magnet High School Girls’ Basketball team as they represent Omaha, Nebraska on the National Stage!!

Read more: Northwest 2016 GBB Team Is Going to the Nike Tournament of Champions

Benson JROTC Proudly Presents Honors at Pearl Harbor Memorial

BENSON JROTC at Pearl HarborDecember 7, 1941, was a day that would live in infamy and thrust the United States of America into the WWII. Now 75 years later, Americans and people from all over the world gather to pay tribute to those who were here on that fateful day. The ceremony and parade are organized to provide the public an opportunity to express their appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families. 

Read more: Benson JROTC Proudly Presents Honors at Pearl Harbor Memorial

Omaha Public Schools Foundation Ranks 2nd in the Nation

2nd in the NationOmaha Schools Foundation Ranks Second in National Study of K-12 Education Foundations

 “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation” ranks Omaha Schools Foundation among the top 5 in the nation for three consecutive years.

 (Dec. 7, 2016) –The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations -- “Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations 2016”-- has ranked Omaha Schools Foundation secondin the nation, making 2016 the third consecutive year the foundation has been in the nation’s top five.  To view the study, visit 

“Most parents and taxpayers are not aware of how K-12 education foundations are enhancing and innovating public education,” said Dewey Caruthers, study author and president of Caruthers Institute (formerly dewey & associates) that conducts the study, noting “education foundations are providing vital programs for students and valuable grants for teachers that otherwise would not exist.”

Read more: Omaha Public Schools Foundation Ranks 2nd in the Nation

Burke Dance Team to Compete in Nationals

Burke Dance TeamThe Burke Dance Team needs your help to compete in the National Dance Team Championship sponsored by Universal Dance Association.  The competition is February 3-5 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and the girls will compete with a Jazz routine and Pom routine.  The team qualified for this competition by placing first in their summer camp competition held on the campus of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  The current team has 12 dancers (1 senior, 2 juniors, 3 sophomores, and 6 freshman).  Our coach is Sarah Diego.  The team’s staff sponsor is Holly Murphy and the Burke administrator who supports the Dance Team is Dr. Andrew Walters. 

Read more: Burke Dance Team to Compete in Nationals

Omaha Bryan Senior High Urban Agriculture Career Academy

Bryan's Ribbon Cutting & Open House Friday, on November 18th, marked the successful implementation of the agrobox growing environment, another feather in the cap for their Urban Ag Program. 

The ceremony started off in the Bryan High Library, then moved outside to the AgroBox to celebrate the newest addition to the program, the Rubicon AgroBox Automated Hydroponic Growing Facility. This also marked the  official unveiling of the work of Omaha artist & 2010 Bryan alum, Hugo Zamorano, whose vivid mural painted on the side of the AgroBox encapsulates the vision of Nebraska’s only Urban Agriculture Career Academy. 

Read more: Omaha Bryan Senior High Urban Agriculture Career Academy

Mick Messbarger Memorial Baseball Scholarship

Mick Messbarger Memorial ScholarshipPurpose: To provide a scholarship for an OPS graduating senior from Central High School who has participated in the Central Legion Baseball Program. This scholarship is in memory of Mick Messbarger who was a dedicated coach for the Memorial Park Baseball Little League and someone who loved baseball stats, trivia and most of all the game of baseball.  (Particularly the Texas Rangers!)

Read more: Mick Messbarger Memorial Baseball Scholarship

Medal of Honor Wall Dedication

The Medal of Honor Wall dedication ceremony with the Nebraska VFW Organizations. The wall will honor MOH recipients from Iowa and Nebraska from WWI to current. The ceremony will take place at Heartland Park at the Airborne Memorial (8th & Douglas Street). This has been the work of Randy Zahn and the Heartland Airborne Chapter to make this a reality. This is the planned schedule:

Read more: Medal of Honor Wall Dedication

Stepping Up

2nd in National Ranking Division 1
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