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.


To make a request, teachers and principals should go to our online request form found here:

Once your project has been approved we will post your request online and a donation form will be available through our Search Tool on every page of the site.

Current Projects

Wilson Focus School Changing It Up

Wilson Focus School Theresa McGeeHave you ever sat for too long, in one place? Then you know what that can do for your comfort level and ability to concentrate. Therese McGee and Danielle Nyffler are changing more than just the seating chart. They are restructuring their classrooms to include flexible seating options for their students. Research shows that students need movement to stimulate the brain. Our objectives include:

  1. Flexible seating choices that will provide our students with multiple seating choices.
  2. Seating choices that allow for movement whether in whole or small group instruction or working independently.
  3. Flexible seating choices will also provide our students with increased motivation and engagement.

As stated in the April 2016 Edutopia article by Kayla Dezler another objective includes classroom environments that should be conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. The flexible seating choices we would like support in purchasing will aid us in this endeavor.

Read more: Wilson Focus School Changing It Up

Kellom Taking Education Beyond the Classroom Walls

Kellom Invest in Success Using Skype in the ClassroomAt Kellom we are focused on giving our students interactive, engaging, and collaborative learning experiences. Rena Sharpe's 2nd grade students use Skype to open their education beyond the four walls of the classroom. They are able to connect with experts and other classrooms from across the world to enhance our learning.

We are asking your help in the purchase of a Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam-web camera. This camera will allow us to see and hear our guests more clearly as well as allow us to share our learning with others more clearly.

Read more: Kellom Taking Education Beyond the Classroom Walls

Help Send Beveridge Team to African American History Challenge Competition

aahcThe Beveridge Magnet School African American History Challenge team won the 17th annual Omaha area African American History Challenge Competition. By winning this competition, the team has the opportunity to compete at the national competition in New Orleans, June 7-11, 2017. The students are working to raise money to help them attend the competition. The cost per student or coach will be approximately $980.00, with a total cost for three students and two chaperones at $4900.00. Please consider a donation to the students' effort to raise the funds and make their participation a reality. Imagine Omaha Public Schools participation on a National level!

Read more: Help Send Beveridge Team to African American History Challenge Competition

Bee-Bots for Coding

beebotsMegan 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!

Read more: Bee-Bots for Coding

Fuel for Active Lifestyles

Lunch Assistance FundSome 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.

Read more: Fuel for Active Lifestyles

Dundee Direct

Dundee DirectThe Dundee Elementary PTO supports the students, teachers, school facilities and the community of Dundee Elementary School. 80% of our net expenses go directly into the classroom through teacher grants, the purchasing of computers/iPads, and financial support of classroom activities. The PTO also cares for the school grounds (plants and flower beds), provides scholarships to alumni and participates in neighborhood events; holistically making the entire Dundee community a wonderful place.

Read more: Dundee Direct

Art Comes to Life for Dundee Students

OPS Dundee Art Sarah Brogren-Haynes, the art teacher at Dundee Elementary, is requesting an iPad Air 2 and Lightning to VGA Adapter. Sarah's request addresses and meets the curriculum guidelines:

Read more: Art Comes to Life for Dundee Students

McMillan Magnet Center On Message

McMillan Magnet Center 

McMillan's Parent Teacher Organization has set a goal to raise $10,000 for the 2016-2017 school year. Of the $10,000, we targeted $8000 for a message sign for the front lawn of the school to increase communication with our students, families, staff, and friends. 

Read more: McMillan Magnet Center On Message

The Dundee Reading Center Gets Technical

OPS Dundee Reading CenterAlissa Anderson is lighting the imaginations of her third graders on fire! At Dundee teachers use a program called Imagine Learning. This program is used to teach phonics, parts of speech, and other important grade level reading skills.

Read more: The Dundee Reading Center Gets Technical

Golden Sower Books for Crestridge 4th, 5th, 6th Graders

Crestridge Magnet CenterJennifer Yannone, the Gifted & Talented Facilitator, at Crestridge Magnet Center is requesting money to buy multiple sets of this years Golden Sower Intermediate books. The OPS Gifted and Talented Program and Library Services are joining forces to hold a Golden Sower Competition. Jennifer would like to use multiple copies of the books to encourage more students (including those not in the GATE program) to participate in the program.

Read more: Golden Sower Books for Crestridge 4th, 5th, 6th Graders

Burke Instrumental Music Needs Your Help

Dear Burke Band Boosters,

The Burke Instrumental Music Department started the 2016-2017 school year with the goal to raise $15,000.00. We are raising funds in order to purchase two sousaphones, one full size tuba and one bass clarinet. These instruments are essential in providing a quality ensemble, which will enhance the education of our students.

Read more: Burke Instrumental Music Needs Your Help

OSF and Fontenelle Forest Invest in Success

Raptor Recovery CenterThe 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.

Read more: OSF and Fontenelle Forest Invest in Success

Writing Center for Kindergarten Authors

Mrs. Grier's Kindergarten Hartman Elementary

My Students

Do you remember the first time you read a story that captivated your mind with exciting details and vibrant illustrations? This could allow my students to publish their brilliant creations with bright and vivid color, while bring their stories to life.We are 17 creative Kindergarten students with brilliant minds, attending a high-poverty, Title I school. My kiddos love to come to school ready to learn, help one another, and to become more successful.


Read more: Writing Center for Kindergarten Authors

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