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
Student Centered Classroom
Our classroom environments should be conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. This simply cannot be done when kids are sitting in rows of desks all day.
Quoted from "Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign," By Kayla Delzer, April 22, 2016. This is a very interersting perspective on classrooms of today and of the future.
Teacher Meg Rutledge and her Dundee Principal, Kaye Kennedy, would have to agree. Meg wants to create an atmosphere for learning in her first grade classroom by adding flexible seating. She is asking for $228.00 to add a variety of seating options for her students.
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.
Wilson Focus' Ms. Muller's 5th Grade Shark Research
Students in Ms. Muller's Science class are getting ready to study sharks. Students will work in small groups to research dogfish sharks to acquire background information, conduct a teacher-lead dissection, record observations in diagrams, discover the relationship between shark anatomy and their habitat, and communicate what they learned to their classmates.
Bee-Bots for Coding
Megan Rogers teaches K-1 students at the Omaha Virtual School. One of our "specials" is coding. The Bee-Bots are great for beginning coders and programmers. Students will create algorithms to do a variety of learning tasks, such as "writing numbers or letters", sight word maps, shapes, colors, or map skills. The possibilities are endless!
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. 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.