In a time of decreasing public support and increasing student demand within our district, the more significant gift you can provide is through a financial contribution. There are numerous ways for you to make a difference within our district. Our job is make sure that you can join us in our effort to support the students and teachers of the Edmond Public School District in whatever way possible, no matter how big or small. Below is a small list of the ways you can give financially to the Edmond Public Schools Foundation:
You can give online, or send a check payable to Edmond Public Schools Foundation, Inc at:
Not everyone can give financially. However, you or your organization organization can have a significant impact on the students and teachers of our community by providing an in-kind service or gift donation to the EPS Foundation. We are continuously looking for in-kind services to support the operation of the Foundation and increase the amount revenue we can provide directly to students and teachers as well as to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our organization.
Currently we are in need of in-kind:
Another avenue for getting involved is to be an advocate for the EPS Foundation. Please “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You can also contact us if you would like to join our team and help advocate for teachers and students!
The EPS Foundation is a recognized 501(c) 3 non-profit organization focused on the development and management of resources in support the Edmond Public School District.
Originally founded as the Edmond Educational Endowment, the organization was created in the early 1980′s as one of the first education foundations in the state of Oklahoma. In 1999 the organization formally changed its name to the Edmond Public Schools Foundation.
Since inception the EPS Foundation has provided over $1.7 million in direct support to the district. These resources have funded: new technology, classroom curriculum, software, hardware, teaching aids, teacher training, student scholarships, playground equipment, textbooks, supplies, musical instruments, artwork, equipment, teacher awards, and numerous other educational aids. Moreover, the EPS Foundation has developed hundreds of thousands in indirect support for the district though volunteer hours and organizational in-kind donations.
My family made the conscious choice in 2012 to move to Edmond because of the excellence that abounds in our community’s public schools. At that time, our daughter was entering seventh grade at Sequoyah Middle School and our son was beginning his formal schooling in Kindergarten at Northern Hills Elementary.
For Grace, socially, that could’ve been a difficult year. Instead, she has found her passion in music and immediately made wonderful friends with classmates and teachers. Sam is thriving and full of new stories while becoming an avid reader. Both children look forward to school every day because of the acceptance and safety they feel at their home-away-from-home. As parents, we simply could not ask for more.
There is something very special about a community who sees its’ schools as a source of pride. A joint research report by experts at Arizona State University and the University of Colorado clearly outline the role a community plays in impacting student and academic success. The report states, “U.S. students spend about 1,150 waking hours a year in school versus about 4,700 more waking hours per year in their families and neighborhoods.” It’s safe to say out-of-school factors can have a positive or negative impact and Edmond is taking its’ role seriously.
It’s my goal as well as the board of directors at the Edmond Public Schools Foundation to continue to build upon the support we’ve provided over the past several years. Strengthening the bridge we’ve built between the schools and our community is at the top of the list. However, I know people support what they have a part in creating and that’s why I want to establish open and regular lines of communications with our schools, parents, alumni and community leaders to continue to increase support in a multitude of ways for students and teachers.
Today’s Principal is a programmatic partnership between the Edmond Public Schools Foundation and the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce. This program brings into our schools individuals are recognized as Edmond community and business leaders, and provides them with the opportunity to serve as principals for a day.
The participants interact with real school principals, learn about particular school sites, and hear about the overall educational philosophy guiding the development of students within the Edmond Public School District. Participants get a chance to gain firsthand knowledge of what makes Edmond schools so great and also learn about some of the issues currently being faced by our schools, teachers, and students.
To date, over 150 community and business leaders have served as school principals through this program. Through this program thousands of dollars in financial support has be raised, and the District has developed numerous school/business relationships.
Annually, the Edmond Public Schools Foundation provides over $10,000 in student scholarships to Edmond Public School students.Providing support to Edmond students in their next educational step is central to the mission of the Edmond Public Schools Foundation.
Below is a list of scholarships currently available to EPS students.
SHELBY PARKER HUDSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Award will be given to a senior member of the Edmond Memorial Bulldog Football Team based upon the qualities and characteristics that Shelby exhibited and stood for as a Bulldog, in the following order of importance:
1. Personal motivation and character
2. Desire and "heart" to excel
3. Drive and determination to accomplish goals
4. Perseverance in the face of all obstacles
5. A grade point average of 2.5 or higher
JAMES T. ROHAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The James T. Rohan Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Jimmy Rohan, a senior in the Class of 1993 at Edmond Memorial High School. Jimmy was tragically killed in an automobile accident on January 29, 1993. The purpose of this award is not simply to honor the memory of Jimmy, but in so doing to recognize the achievements – past, present, and future - of an outstanding graduating senior of Edmond Memorial High School. Jimmy’s family and friends have contributed funds to Edmond Public Schools Foundation, Inc. for the organization, establishment and administration of the scholarship. The award is made annually in the amount of $2,000.
AARON M. STITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Aaron M. Stith Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Aaron Stith, a 1989 graduate of Edmond Memorial High School. Aaron was tragically killed in an automobile accident July 5, 1990. The purpose of this award is not simply to honor the memory of Aaron, but in so doing to recognize the achievements - past, present, and future - of an outstanding graduating senior of Edmond Memorial High School.
Lori has more than 20 years experience in public and media relations, fundraising, strategic planning and marketing, specifically working in the fields of education and nonprofit.
Between March 2009-2014, Lori served as president and chief executive officer for The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools where she lead efforts to increase funding to students/teachers directly by more than 1,000 percent; increased the number of students impacted by programs by almost 2,000 percent; increased the number of donors by 380 percent; and increased the number of schools served from only 20 to all 90 schools in the district.
She grew up in Noble, Okla, is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, and holds a certificate of nonprofit and fundraising management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana. Lori is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, a member of the Journal Record’s 2010 Class of Achievers Under 40, and was a 2010 finalist for Oklahoma Woman of the Year, among other honors. She serves and has served on a variety of nonprofit and education-related boards.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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