Established in 1987, the Putnam City Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization managed by a board of trustees and comprised of involved patrons in the District and two paid staff members. The Foundation works closely with the District to identify needs and develops relationships with local businesses, foundations, individuals, and alumni in order to garner resources and energies necessary to address pressing needs of Putnam City Schools.
The Putnam City Schools Foundation has invested over $3 million in Putnam City Schools. We do this through our many initiatives that are designed to meet the needs of the entire district. Accomplishments for FY 2016 include expansion of the elementary STEM program from 3 to 6 schools, graduating 105 individuals from our ESL for Immigrant Parents program, providing scholarships to students and teachers totaling $2500, supporting hundreds of families at Christmas time through CareShare, and providing over $1,000 in glasses and other medical needs for students. The Foundation has also fully executed a succession plan, providing the outgoing and incoming Presidents with six months of overlap. Our OCCF endowment and investments now total about half a million dollars. Goals for the future are to expand the planned giving opportunities, social media presence, and rebrand the organization. Regarding programming, the elementary STEM program will be expanded to 9 of schools, the Early Birds program will continue despite drastic funding cuts from the partner entity, the State of Oklahoma, and the ELL program will maintain with no funding beyond that of this organization.
· STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) – enables students to use and further develop their natural creativity and problem solving skills through Science and Math activities that can be applied to real-world applications in engineering and technology. Students are more likely to pursue a career in these areas when they are exposed at an early age.
· ESL Classes for Immigrant Parents – provides classes for immigrant parents in our district to improve their English language skills. These classes are helping to remove the language barrier that can prevent parents from engaging in their child’s success, the school system, and the community.
· School Site Grants – are awarded to our talented teachers to benefit students and classrooms.
· Community Fund – provides assistance to students in need of medical necessities, including: eye exams and glasses, prescriptions, hearing exams, and dental care.
· Awards – in recognition of excellence are given to teachers, staff, and volunteers throughout the district each year. Awards given include: Golden Apple, Teacher of the Year, and Excellent Educator.
· Care Share – provides shoes, coats, and gifts during the Holiday season to students and families in need.
Since 1987, we have been working to focus public attention on academic excellence. The State provides funds for basic education. The Foundation provides support for additional programs that enrich and enhance education. It is our job to educate the community about opportunities to help the district provide the best education possible. We are confident that our programs have an immense and lasting impact on the quality of public education in Putnam City Schools.
On average, 65% of Oklahoma Kindergarteners have test scores at a proficient level compared to 95% of children whose parents participated in the Early Birds program.
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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