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. 

Every Kid Healthy Week April 25th-29th

Spotlight Article, April 26th, 2016 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Today Live Well Omaha Kids is spotlighting their Partners for Healthy Schools member, Fontenelle Elementary. Their Principal, Eric P. Nelson, recently shared an impressive list of things this school is doing to improve the health and wellness of their students. Check it out!

Fontenelle Elementary has been knee deep in health and wellness initiatives for over 5 years. The staff, students and community have embraced and enjoyed the several opportunities we have been afforded. The staff have worked long hours and wrote many grants to get our initiatives off the ground and then have remained steadfast to ensure we sustain all that we create. We love working with Live Well Omaha and are proud to have been the first partner school in the Partners for a Healthy City cohort.

OSF Remembers Crytal Simpson

The Omaha Schools Foundation would like to express their profound sorrow at the passing of Crystal Simpson, beloved principal of Dodge Elementary School.

The Crystal Simpson Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in Crystal's name. You can donate to the fund through our secure payment gateway. Click here to donate and choose in the drop down menu. If you want to send a check, please make all checks payable to the Omaha Schools Foundation, Attention Toba Cohen-Dunning, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE  68131.

 The Omaha World Herald paid tribute to Ms. Simpson in today's news.

Omaha Schools Foundation Wins OEA School Bell Award

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.

Read more: Omaha Schools Foundation Wins OEA School Bell Award

Accelere Presents C.R.O.P. at UNL Spring Workshop

The Cosmic Ray Observation Project (C.R.O.P.) was started in 1999 by PhD professors Gregory Snow and Daniel Claes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It was designed to meet two goals: first, to study the patterns of arriving cosmic particles, and second, to interest high school students in careers in science (especially Physics). Through the use of detection equipment, C.R.O.P. allows high schools to produce research quality data in a program that prepares their students for college level science and research. The project is unique at UNL due to its reliance on undergraduate students and community help. Through a collaborative effort, CROP has launched detectors all over the Midwest, and has encouraged four generations of high school students to further their science education.

Read more: Accelere Presents C.R.O.P. at UNL Spring Workshop

Benson JROTC Plans Trip to Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Benson JROTC Trip to Pearl HarborExcerpts from the world herald:

POSTED: SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016 1:00 AM |UPDATED: 12:20 AM, MON APR 11, 2016.

The Benson High School junior ROTC cadets conducted one of a series of fundraisers with a pancake breakfast Sunday at VFW Post 2503 at 89th Street and Military Road.  The fundraisers are to pay for a trip to Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor by enemy forces.

Read more: Benson JROTC Plans Trip to Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Middle Level Academic Pentathlon

OPS Middle Level Academic DecathalonAll Twelve OPS middle schools participate in this riveting middle level academic competition.  Students intensely study this years USAD ( United States Academic Decathlon) topic: India in the areas of: Math * Social Studies* Science* Literature and Fine Arts as they compete against other school districts for a spot at the National competition in Bosie, Idaho in late May.

 TWO OPS Middle School teams  ( 10 students plus 2 adults sponsors ) will earn their way to compete at the National competition.

 Support is needed from our community in the following areas: Air travel, housing, meals, cultural experiences while in Idaho. Approximate cost is $20,000. 

 Please consider supporting our Aca Penta students! 

Richard A Shaw Grant Funds Award Winning McMillan Science Project

The Omaha Schools Foundation recently awarded funds to the McMillan Magnet Center, matching the grant McMillan had received from the Richard A. Shaw Grant. These funds made their S.A.M.E. project entry possible. The result was incredible. The McMillan Group was awarded the Kiewit Award of Distinction for their project in the recent S.A.M.E. competition.  

The Omaha Schools Foundation is so grateful for our generous donors that make these opportunities possible for the students of the Omaha Public Schools. Below is a brief descriptive narrative about the project.

Read more: Richard A Shaw Grant Funds Award Winning McMillan Science Project

Billboard Alert!

Omaha Schools Foundation is a proud sponsor and supporter of the 38th annual Youth Art Month Billboard Project. It is our wish that support of this program offers encouragement, as well as showing the community the importance of the art in the schools.

Read more: Billboard Alert!

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