Invest in Success
The Omaha Schools Foundation is currently accepting requests for the funding of classroom projects designed by Principals and Teachers to enhance the curriculum and promote the success of their students.
Day in and day out the Principals and Teachers of the Omaha Public Schools are creating innovative curriculum strands to stimulate and enrich their students' learning. Often these projects are under-funded or the school is not able to implement it at all due to lack of resources.
The key mission of the Omaha Schools Foundation is to provide students and staff of the Omaha Public Schools academic programs, enrichment activities and professional opportunities which are beyond the budget constraints of the Omaha School District. Accomplishment of this mission supports the curriculum of the Omaha Public Schools and helps sustain this community's tradition of excellence in integrated living and learning.
To carry out this mission, the Omaha Schools Foundation seeks private and corporate contributions and gifts. The Foundation is unique in that, unlike many available fund-raising platforms, it does not charge any fees associated with making a donation or using the Omaha Schools Foundation Social Media to promote classroom project requests.
Once your project has been approved we will post your request online and a donation form will be created. Use the Search Tool below to find a project.
Invest in Success: Funding Classroom Projects
McMillan Gets Tuned In
The McMillan students are learning about the history of recording technology in the United States. In Ms. Bock's proposed project they will learn about the different types of sound recording technology and how to best record different sounds. A sound effect study will be the focus of the project with a spotlight on the career of a Foley Artist. Foley (named after sound-effects artist Jack Foley) is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. Ms. Bock's students will be working alongside a company in North Omaha who have agreed to come work with the students.
Davis Middle School Drama Project
Who doesn't like the spectacle of live theater? There's always so much excitement in the school auditorium right before the curtain opens and the actors appear. The Davis Middle School Drama Club provides an opportunity for Davis Middle Schools students to shine in a creative atomosphere of play and acting.
The club, led by Mr. Dennis Houfek, is trying to raise money to add a much needed lighting upgrade to their stage. For every dollar they raise their PTO has agreed to match it dollar for dollar. The items they are requesting will work with their current light board. These items will provide more opportunities for the drama department when selecting plays, and setting the stage for different scenes.
Gomez Soccer Field
The parents, students and staff at Gomez Heritage have already raised $31,000.00 toward a dream of an artificial turf soccer field located in front of their school by 17th and Q. With the support of our community, our goal is to raise an additional $16,000.00 to make this project come to life! We appreciate all donations and look foward to enhancing the South Omaha community.
JP Lord School: How You Can Help
The new J.P. Lord School will be located at 4444 Marinda St. Designed as a 45,000 square-foot building, the new school will sit on 10-acres and have eight classrooms, art, music, and physical education rooms, a library, a multisensory room and an 8- by12-foot hydrotherapy pool donated by the Omaha Volunteers for Handicapped Children. Additional features include a ceiling-mounted lift system to assist staff in transferring students and a covered drop-off canopy to protect students from inclement weather as they arrive and depart school.
The new building will also allow increased interaction between the school’s 64 students and other OPS students. $3.4 million from the 2014 OPS Bond Program and a $6.6 million relocation agreement with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine fund the project. Construction is set to begin in Oct. 2016 with a substantial completion date of May of 2018.
We need your help putting the finishing touches on our amazing new school.
Fuel for Active Lifestyles
Some of our OPS students need financial assistance because their families don't qualify for free or reduced lunch and therefore these students are not getting the nutrition they need to complete their school day. We have established an account for donations to assist these students as healthy nutritious meals enhance their academic performance and provide fuel for active lifestyles.
If you would like your donation to benefit a specific school, please write in the name of the school in the field, "Donate to a Specific School."
Thank you for your consideration of this request as we strive to serve all of our OPS students by attending to their physical, emotional and academic needs.
South High Show Choir Needs Your Help
This year, the South High Ambassadors are competing throughout Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri. As an ensemble, we are excited to compete against groups we do not typically see! From costume changes to arrangements, character shoes and show bands, show choir can be very expensive. Our school administration has provided not only financial support but active encouragement as we strive to make the 2017-2018 edition of the Ambassadors the best we can be.
Digital Portfolios to Measure Classroom Growth
Annette Willett needs your help. She would like to add 6 Apple iPads to her first-grade classroom resource library. The iPads will give her students access to programs that reinforce math and reading skills. These programs help differentiate learning to better meet the individual learning needs of her first-graders. The iPads will help Annette's students build digital portfolios to be shared with their parents and guardians. The portfolios and learning programs will also show growth throughout the year.
Lewis and Clark Direct Giving Campaign
Attention Lewis and Clark Middle School Families
We need your help! Please make a donation to Lewis and Clark Middle School!
Lewis & Clark’s 2nd Annual Donation Fundraiser is about to kick off! This is a direct giving campaign.
ALL money raised goes to Lewis & Clark’s PTO and directly supports our students and teachers. We are accepting donations October 16-November 3; however, you can donate at any time throughout the year. Our goal is to raise $5,000.
We Are Jackson! Believe! Achieve! Succeed!
Washington PTO Annual Fund Drive
The Washington Elementary PTO supports the students, teachers, facilities and community of Washington Elementary School. Our yearly expenses go directly into your child's classroom through teacher grants, purchasing of classroom equipment, field trips and upkeep/improvements to the school. The PTO also cares for the school grounds and participates in neighborhood events, making the entire Washington community a wonderful place. Without contributions from Washington families and community these things cannot happen.
Technology in Classroom Math
Alissa Anderson teaches 4th grade at Dundee. In her 4th grade math class, students have the opportunity to engage in math games and programs that are available on the internet. Students rotate through different math stations. She would like to be able to utilize Microsoft Surface Tablets in her technology station. The students would be able to play math games (from the school website) and log in to their Prodigy Math accounts (where they have assignments to complete). She can also use the tablets for other math apps throughout the year. These would enhance the 4th grade math stations immensely. Alissa wants her students to utilize technology and expose them to different education math apps and games during rotations.