Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Spotlight on the OSF
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.
Jennifer Schlapia, Jefferson Elementary, is taking the classroom to the great outdoors. She needs our help. Classroom teachers would like to build an outdoor classroom space for their students. They would be able to take their students out to this space to conduct Science experiments, complete writing projects, and have a space to do community builiding. In order to accomplish this they are asking for a picnic table, 2 square, 38 inch tables, and a 38" ADA compliant table. With shipping and installation, the total cost would be $9573.82.
South High Magnet continues to make progress in its capital campaign for a new visual and performing arts addition to the school. Donations have been made in honor of Dr. Toni Turnquist, for whom the new art gallery will be named. South Omaha is a section of the city known historically as the home of the stockyards and immigrants. The neighborhood is rich in varied cultural lineages. This melting pot originally attracted the Czech, Lithuanian, Polish and Irish. The Hispanic and Sudanese have joined the mix in recent decades. It is a treasure trove of architectural history with thirty-two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a kaleidoscopic community of many hues. What better place for an art gallery? This gallery will not only feature student works and faculty exhibits, but will also be a welcoming home for community artists. The Turnquist Gallery, named for a champion of the arts and South High, will strengthen the bond between this colorful community and its magnet school for the visual and performing arts.
The Omaha Schools Foundation is proud to announce that our Executive Director, Toba Cohen-Dunning, has received the College of Public Affaris and Community Service Alumni Award for 2017. The University Nebraska Omaha and community leaders established the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) to ensure the university was responsive to the critical societal needs and concerns of our community and state. Critical to the mission of the new college was the provision of educational and training programs of the highest caliber that would prepare students for careers and leadership in the public service.