Omaha Public Schools Winter Guard

WinterGuard Logo

The Omaha Public Schools Winter Arts program looks to engage color guard students in all high schools through full year instead of just the summer and fall. By combining schools and resources, we are able to bring an activity to parts of the OPS community that historically have had little to no participation as well as creating a collaborative space for students to develop connections and relationships with their peers throughout the district.

We anticipate the cost of the 2022-2023 season will range from $150 to $200 per student, which we do not ask them to pay out of pocket. Any little bit can help ensure that this activity can flourish within our community.

Scholarship Portal Now Open November 1st-March 1st

OPS Students,

Are you an upcoming graduate interested in learning more about Omaha Public Schools Foundation scholarship opportunities?

Omaha Public Schools Foundation administers scholarships for Omaha Public Schools graduating seniors. You can preview the scholarship requirements here and apply online.

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation strives to raise new scholarship dollars each year to provide optimal funding for Omaha Public Schools graduating seniors the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education, while growing established endowments.  #OPSFpossible

Please contact your high school counselor and/or scholarship committee for information on all scholarships offered through the district.

Apply for a Scholarship Here

I Love Public Schools Fundraising

I Love Public Schools

I Love Public Schools aims to connect audiences to the humanity of public schools to amplify pride and increase support.

By bringing to life the stories of dedication, innovation, and compassion that take place every day in our schools, this campaign intends to spark conversations about and inspire pride in public schools.

“I Love Public Schools” is a personal declaration of commitment to the success of all our kids. 

Your support is imperative. Our public schools educate more than 90 percent of Nebraska’s students and provide specialized services for all children, regardless of their school. With politically-charged attacks, threats of disinvestment, and privatization, the challenges for Nebraska’s public schools and the services they provide are greater than ever.

We are inviting people to support a shared vision — celebrating the critical role our public schools play in a thriving society.


I Love Public Schools

Give to the I Love Public Schools Campaign today.

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation is recognized as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. It is incorporated under Nebraska Law as a nonprofit corporation. No administrative fees are taken and 100% of your donation will be allocated to the I Love Public Schools Campaign.

Send your check made out to the “Omaha Public Schools Foundation” to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Attention: I Love Public Schools
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

2023 Vietnam Veterans Parade

Press Release  Lt. Colonel Michael DeBolt (402) 980-0554 Director of Army Instruction

Omaha Public Schools Vietnam Parade Fundraiser

Omaha, NE- The National Vietnam Veterans Parade takes place March 29, 2023 on Vietnam Veterans Day in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii was the state that our Vietnam Veterans left from to the war and came home to after the war. It is fitting that this great state play host to the largest welcome home event for our Vietnam Veterans. This parade will feature Omaha Public Schools Junior ROTC cadets.

The school district will be represented by 32 cadets and 8 chaperones. A fundraiser is scheduled at Northwest High school on October 9th.  Cadets are collecting pledges for each lap they march around the track with a goal of 20 laps or 5 miles. Each lap represents each year the United was in Vietnam, 1 November 1955 – 30 April 1975.

Army JROTC traces its history back to the American Scientific, Literary, and Military Academy, later known as Norwich University, founded in 1776 by Captain Alden Partridge. Then, under the National Defense Acts of 1916, High Schools were allowed to have federal military equipment and instructors. This marks the birth of Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. Ever since then, Army JROTC has grown to include over 1,725 schools all across the United States and its territories.  Omaha Public Schools started its program in 1893 and has over 900 cadets in nine high schools.

To motivate and develop young people to become better citizens is the goal of Junior ROTC. To accomplish this goal, it combines classroom instruction and extracurricular activities oriented on attaining an awareness of the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of citizenship; developing the student’s sense of personal responsibility; building life skills; and providing leadership opportunities.

Omaha Junior ROTC cadets have participated in pass out of the classroom opportunities by traveling to the battlefields of France for the 70th and 75th Anniversary of D-Day and participated in the 75th Pearl Harbor Commemoration Ceremony.  The travel changes students’ lives for the better by experiencing new and different cultures. Of those that made the trips, 92% say that it has a lasting impact on their worldview, and more than half say it was the most important experience of their lives

Schedule of March-A-Thon Events

March-a-thon (9am to 11am)

Date: Sunday, October 9th

Northwest High School

8204 Crown Point Ave.

Donations can be made to Omaha Schools Foundation:

3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Ricki Getzschman Memorial Scholarship Bowling Fundraiser

Ricki is the son/stepson of Mary Chris Getzschman & Dan Blumer and was a United States Army veteran who honorably served our country in the middle east. After returning home, Ricki was involved in a motorcycle accident that tragically claimed his life. We invite you to help us continue to keep Ricki’s memory alive, celebrate his life, and service to our country by helping us continue funding an academic scholarship to a Benson High School student.

Please sign up by filling out the registration form attached to this flyer and email to Mary Chris at or by calling her at 402-657-4292. Registrations and payment are due by March 22nd. Act fast as we have already reserved multiple lanes from people who have come out and helped us before and had an amazing fun time.

March 23, 2023
Check-in begins at 5:00pm

Bowling from 6:00p-9:00p
Maplewood Lanes
3030 S. 101st St. Omaha, NE 68134

9 Pin – No Tap

$150 per Team up to 6 bowlers per lane

Raffle Prizes

50/50 Raffle



Neighboring Friends

Neighboring Friends

Our mission is to promote inclusion and communication with students who are nonverbal through purposeful and interactive activities with JP Lord School and partnering neighborhood organizations.

Our vision is to build a community of reciprocity which promotes inclusion, provides peer models, and sparks new learning so that all participants grow and bloom to their potential. 

A gathering Place

A Great Gathering Place

JP Lord School is the first school building in North America built specifically for children with severe physical and cognitive delays. It has a fully accessible gym, cafeteria, and stage. There is also a sensory room, and therapy pool for students to enjoy. JP Lord School is in the process of developing a sensory playground and community garden. The sensory rich school, playground, and garden is the perfect tapestry for community involvement, and will allow JP Lord students and neighboring friends to discover together, the unique benefits of an outreach program whose curriculum promotes inclusion and communication with non-verbal students.

Neighboring Friends


JP Lord students have severe cognitive and physical disabilities and need a self-contained school so specialized staff can focus on meeting the needs of each individual child. Creating opportunities for role models who are non-disabled to participate in the program, would build diversity into the school and be more representative of the inclusive school setting the district promotes.

Many people do not know how to appropriately communicate with people who are non verbal. A program at school that encourages community involvement will provide unique opportunities for people to connect and interact with non-verbal students in a purposeful and meaningful way and can have a far-reaching impact in our community.

JP Lord School Student Leadership

The community needs JP Lord. Bringing the community into JP Lord provides the unique opportunity for leadership and communication for students with an ambassador program with teachers modeling communication for community friends.Neighboring Friends also provides opportunities to address the lack of programs for special needs adults. Previous students can participate in activities which will give the community opportunities to engage with disabled people of all ages.

A donation to Neighboring Friends will support visits from community performers in music, theatre, and dance ; storytelling, literature and book projects; visual arts projects led by artists in painting, clay, collage and more; gardening projects; appreciation for the staff…and so much more.

Please consider a donation to Neighboring Friends!

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