Omaha Public Schools Foundation is hiring applicants for full and part-time positions for their Kids Club Program. We offer competitive wages, pleasant surroundings, and an opportunity to work with enthusiastic children. Visit the link below to learn more and apply.
Did you know that ONE IN FIVE CHILDREN in Nebraska and western Iowa under the age of 18 IS AT RISK FOR HUNGER? (Food Bank of the Heartland)
The Woolf Pack Fund, named for its founder, has made its mission to provide supplemental food to the youth in need in our community. Our vision is to help eliminate hunger and close the meal gap.
The Woolf Pack Fund will provide support to students at two Omaha Public Schools: Western Hills Elementary and Benson West Elementary. Based off of 2018 data, 250 out of 331 students and 400 out of 498 students, respectively, qualify for free and reduced lunch. Both schools receive support from the Food Bank for the Heartland’s backpack program but it is not near enough. The need for supplemental food has greatly increased due to COVID.
“Like many North Omaha families, Benson West families were intensely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many families were forced out of work and unable to provide for their children,” said Megan Seeley, the school social worker. “With the help from the backpack program, this will alleviate some stressors and help to bridge the gap between meals for our students and families.”
The program will run from September through May and is geared to target young children with limited parental supervision at home. Bags will be packed weekly by volunteers and taken to the school for the teachers to place into the student’s backpacks on Friday. The bags will contain 2 shelf stable milks, a fruit cup, a juice box, 2 cereals and 2 entrees.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
The goal of the Woolf Pack Fund is to provide supplemental meals to 50 additional students at each school. In order to complete this goal we are trying to raise $23,500.00. The cost of food and bags to provide supplemental food to 1 student for the entire school year is $235.00.
Use the button below to link to our secure donation form.
The Bunny Den was created to alleviate family stress by offering Benson students a safe and confidential place to receive items necessary to meet their basic needs. We hope by fulfilling these needs students will be able to focus more on being successful in the classroom and being involved in school activities.
By donating, you are helping us provide students with basic non perishable food items, offer basic clothing and coats to students, and provide hygiene items for both males and females.
We also accept new and lightly used coats, hats and gloves in boys and girls sizes S-XL and men’s and women’s sizes S-XL. To donate these clothing items, please email Angela Johanek, Academy Specialist (Health, Business, & Design), Benson High Magnet Coordinator, or call 531.299.8040, to arrange delivery or pick-up.
Thank you for considering a donation to allow us to continue our mission. You can donate by contributing using the online donation form or making out a check and sending to:
The Omaha Public Schools Foundation 3861 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68131
Attention: Benson Bunny Den
By donating you are helping us to fulfill our mission to enrich students’ lives by funding learning experiences that inspire hope, open doors and help students to achieve their dreams.
The Omaha Schools Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and go directly to the intended program, project or scholarship. Credit card transaction fees (2.2% + $.30) are deducted for each online donation; however, no additional OPSF administrative fees are deducted from any donation made online or by check.
Our Rose Hill Elementary School PTO exists to support our school, teachers and students. Our fundraising looks different this year in the wake of a pandemic, but our desire to support our school remains the same. Please consider giving a monetary donation to our cause.
The funds collected will be used to provide supplies for classrooms to promote learning as well as support our teachers and students in fun ways- celebratory opportunities, teacher appreciation, parent/teacher conference meal for teachers, fun classroom activities for students in place of general after school events hosted by PTO.
Please consider supporting our school in this way!
Coach Sturgeon has helped grow the Burke High School Softball program in the last 3 years. In 2018 the team went to the state tournament for the first time in 13 years. When he first arrived the team was using old soccer jerseys and there were no team helmets and some players did not have their own. Field improvements have been made and equipment has been purchased as most of the equipment was very old.
In order to continue our progress and grow our program, we are hoping to raise $5000. Eagle Mortgage Company will match donations up to $2500. The money will go to the Burke softball booster club. The money will be used help the Burke Bulldog softball team as they continue to build a top softball program. The contributions will help to improve and maintain the softball field, provide apparel for the team and support the players as they compete at a high level.
As you can see our efforts have really paid dividends to our program, but to continue we can’t do it without all of you and your support. We look forward to growing and developing our young female athletes to become productive, strong women in the future.
On one of the hottest days of 2019, a most amazing event took place at the Omaha Public Schools Foundation. Malala Yousafzai came to visit! Toba Cohen-Dunning, the Executive Director, was contacted by Malala Fund to ask if there might be an opportunity for Malala to meet and visit with students from the Omaha Public Schools. Malala is fighting to give back to girls what poverty, war and discrimination tried to take away. Malala Fund breaks down the barriers preventing more than 130 million girls around the world from going to school.
Malala had a planned visit to Omaha and wished to extend her visit to be able to share her message with students. Toba and a group of OPS administrators put their heads together to make the extraordinary afternoon happen for 20 OPS high school students. The students knew Malala’s story as they had read her book but were thrilled to have the good fortune to meet her in person. The students represented all 7 high schools and the diversity that is the hallmark of our large urban school district. Several of the students were refugees themselves and shared their stories throughout the afternoon.
To bring the group together, Angela Fisher, OPS Art Education Supervisor, designed a bench painting project to showcase the images and words which have inspired students all over the world. Students began the project under a tent, cooled by a fan, prior to Malala’s arrival. They then gathered in the Foundation Conference Room, sitting around the table to greet their guest.
Upon arriving, Malala asked to be seated, not at the head of the table, but to sit among the students. She asked about each student and their ambitions and goals and answered their questions. The students were somewhat shy at first but found Malala to be warm and engaging and extremely easy to talk to. It was obvious she was there to learn from them as much as they were hoping to learn from her. The students asked questions about her life and ambitions and shared their own. Afterwards she willingly accepted the students invitations to pose for pictures. She went out of her way to meet each person in the room, students and adult guests alike.
The whole group moved outside to complete work on the bench and Malala jumped right in to help with the painting. More photos were captured and as many of the students had bought personal copies of her book, Malala graciously agreed to sign them. Toba told the students that each and every one would receive a copy of Malala’s latest book as a gift.
This occasion will long be remembered as the highlight of the Omaha Public Schools Foundation efforts to bring students together to make their dreams come true.