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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2021-2022 Luvabulls Fundraiser

South High Luvabulls

“We are the Omaha South High Luvabulls. A dance team filled with students who have a passion for dance and uplifting and empowering our community. Because Covid took a toll on school spirit, we have been working hard to rebuild and embody the true meaning of school spirit. Along with performing at various school and community events, we have created and advertised football game themes, participated in school spirit weeks, and created a school spirit initiative plan for basketball season.

We have helped our community by participating in the Cinco de Mayo festivities, providing entertainment at the “Holiday with the Blue” event, volunteering at alumni spaghetti dinners, hosting a haunted house at the “Night on L” event, and performing at various other community events. Our team is filled with diverse perspectives and backgrounds brought together by our love for dance and our community.

As a self-funded team, we would greatly appreciate the support to be able to travel to dance competitions and showcases without the fear of major costs. Your support would help us with a choreographer, music, uniforms, transportation, and any additional fees.”

Monroe Student Council Fundraiser

Monroe MustangsThe students of Monroe Middle School are excited to announce a brand new Student Government Organization. Monroe is a Title I, low income school located in Nebraska. We have one of the most diverse schools in our school district, serving over 800 students in the community that represent cultures from all over the world.

We are looking for funds to get us started. Most Student Councils, StuGos, ASB’s, etc. have been in schools for awhile, giving them many years of fundraising opportunities and a healthy budget to work with.

Since this is our first year, we are in need of A LOT of supplies in order to be successful. We have an incredible team of students that are preparing to serve our school and they are excited to meet the challenge of starting our organization from the ground up.  We have already started successful projects such as our weekly Student Store, and our very first Spirit Week of the year.

We appreciate your support and look forward to a great year!

Bryan Sr. High 50th Dedication Anniversary Celebration

Bryan High School 50th AnniversarySave the Date and Donate

On Sunday, April 30, 1972, the “new” Bryan Senior High building, grades 10-12, at 4700 Giles Road, was dedicated. This building was constructed due to overcrowding at the Bryan Junior/Senior High School, which opened in Fall 1964. Sunday, May 1, 2022 would be the 50th year anniversary of the dedication ceremony.

A group of interested alumni on Bryan Senior High staff are planning the 50th Anniversary to be celebrated as a community event.

Date:  Sunday, May 1, 2022

Time:  1-4 p.m. (tentative)

Place:  Bryan Senior High Campus, 4700 Giles Road

Special guests, a time capsule, entertainment, refreshments and games are all in the planning stages. Please consider a donation today to help in the funding of this great project.


Benson High School Athletics

Benson BunniesWelcome Benson Friends, Family and Fans!

Benson High Athletics, the home of the Mighty Bunnies, has a long and rich athletic history.  We pride ourselves in the tradition of our programs and school spirit.  We would like to continue in the athletic and academic successes of our student-athletes.  Our community-based school is diverse with a student population of athletes from many walks of life.

Please help us support our Bunnies on the fields, on the mats and on the courts.  Donations will be used to purchase food for athletic events, snacks for travel, additional clothing items and equipment. 

We appreciate your support.  We hope to see you at our athletic events.  Check out our schedule at  

Go Bunnies

Dundee Direct

Dundee PTO Direct LogoFirst, a big thank you! Dundee Elementary thrives because of its amazing students, staff, and families!

Dundee Direct is our annual direct-giving fundraiser that runs through the month of September. Instead of asking our kids to sell popcorn or giftwrap, we ask our families, friends, and businesses to give what they are able to give. This direct-donation fundraiser makes it easy and effective to get money directly to where it is needed most.  

The PTO uses the money raised to make sure our school stay amazing for all of our children. In the past, money raised funded the purchase of computers for the classrooms, a sound system for the gym, books for the library, improvements to the school grounds, and classroom parties. The money raised also went directly to grants for the teachers, who bought things like educational games, classroom supplies, and innovative new teaching material used daily by the students.

This year, funds are being raised for new technology like interactive screens for classrooms that let teachers and students work together more easily, student and family activities, improvements to the school grounds, and teacher grants for programs and supplies. Every child and teacher at Dundee Elementary directly benefits from the money raised by Dundee Direct.

Every child and teacher at Dundee Elementary directly benefits from the money raised by Dundee Direct.

This fund is administered by the Omaha Public Schools Foundation. A donation can be made in two ways:

Send a check to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Attention: Dundee Direct 2021-2022 Fundraiser
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

You can also donate online using the button below to process your donation through our secure payment gateway.