Omaha Schools Foundation
Spotlight on the OSF
Welcome to the Omaha Schools Foundation fresh new look at 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.
The Omaha Public Schools and the Omaha Schools Foundation have many wonderfully successful Community Partnerships and Fontenelle Forest Nature Center is a stand-out. The H2O program is part of the H2O: Missouri River Science Education Initiative funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the Omaha Schools Foundation and the William Leopard Charitable Lead Trust.
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:
Omaha Public Schools is participating in the 75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor Parade December 5-11, 2016. Fifty-four units will be marching in the parade and 25 JROTC cadets from Benson High will be led by Pearl Harbor survivor, Ed Guthrie. Ed was an Electricians Mate that served on the USS McKinley in 1941 and was an eyewitness to the entire event. Ed was also a graduate of Omaha Technical High School and will be in the parade and leading the Benson cadets in a red Corvette at Pearl Harbor!
On Sunday Sept 11 the Honor and Remember Nebraska Chapter is sponsoring a marathon walk followed by a 9-11 Ceremony at Heartland of America Park in Omaha.
Start time: 7:30 am End time: 4:30 pm
Why: To honor and remember the 1.3M+ U.S. fallen soldiers and first responders since the birth of our nation by having at least 1.3M steps taken in tribute to their service and ultimate sacrifice.
The Omaha Schools Foundation would like to thank the outgoing Board Members, Chris Proulx, Nestor Herzbaum, Sheree Gilmore, and Sharon Smith, for their years of service. Their dedication to the Foundation and their work on the board has been exemplary. We welcome new board members, Bridget Donovan (OEA), Sharon Kirshenbaum, Dr. Gema Simmons, and Sarah Rhynalds Gilbert. The Board is a valuable asset that the Foundation treasures. We are looking for a productive and exciting year ahead.
If you don't already know about Bryan High School's amazing Urban Agriculture Academy, please take a few minutes and read in detail their story at any of these contributing sites. The Academy is an award winning program showcased at Nebraska Loves Public Schools. (See video.) http://nelovesps.org/story/urban-agriculture-academy/
Recently through the hard work of Robert Aranda, Mary Miller, and the passionate students and staff of Bryan High School, the career academy collaborated with Rubicon Agriculture to install an agrobox on campus, giving students a life-changing opportunity to grow their skills and truly impact the environment in a very meaningful way. The team from Rubicon Agriculture made the trip to Omaha to install the box. Chris Moorman, from Rubicon Agriculture, chronicled the experience in a recent blog post.
If you aren't familiar with Rubicon Agriculture and the agrobox, you can read all about it here.
The AgroBox at Rubicon Agriculture
Kudos to Omaha Public Schools and the Omaha Schools Foundation for making dreams come true for hundreds of students and promoting environmentally responsible citizens of the future.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality announced that Accelere and teacher Shawn Graham have been selected as a winner for the 2015-2016 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. As an award recipient, Shawn Graham and the Accelere Program will receive a Presidential plaque and a cash award of up to $2,500 to be used to further professional development in environmental education. Additionally, OPS will receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.
An award ceremony at the White House will be held on August 16th at 9am to recognize Accelere and the other winners and honorable mentions.
The hard work of the McMillan students paid off this morning when the Water Conservancy Project was turned on.
On Sunday evening, April 24th, at the Omaha Education Association 53rd Annual Laurel's Night, the Omaha Schools Foundation was awarded the School Bell Award. Chris Proulx presented Toba Cohen-Dunning, Executive Director, with the award. The Foundation was cited for its generous contributions in supporting the students and staff of the Omaha Public Schools.