The Foundation for Excellence 


What is the Foundation for Excellence?

The mission of the Foundation is to raise, receive, manage, and distribute donations from private sources for the enrichment of the educational programs of the Owensboro Public Schools

The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt private corporation recognized as the official fund-raising agency by the Owensboro Board of Education.

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If you have questions about the Foundation or donations, please email us at chris.gaddis@owensboro.kyschools.us

Who runs the Foundation?

The Foundation is controlled by a Board of Directors composed of citizens who have a sincere interest in maintaining and improving the quality of education and related activities offered by the Owensboro Public Schools. Two of the directors are the Superintendent and a member of the Owensboro Board of Education. All directors serve without compensation.

How will these funds be used?

The Board of Directors will allocate Foundation funds to supplement Owensboro Public Schools educational programs. In addition, the Board will work to identify major educational areas where funds are needed by evaluation of grant applications and other requests of educational personnel. A donor may designate a gift for a specific program or purpose.

How do I make a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation?

If you are an individual donor, you may simply make a secure online donation with MyPaymentsPlus or make a check payable to:

Owensboro Public Schools
Foundation For Excellence
450 Griffith Ave.
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
Phone: 270-686-1000

If you represent a business or a corporation, please feel free to discuss your contribution with any member of the Board of Directors to make arrangements that are especially suited to your needs. Appropriate recognition of all gifts will be made to facilitate tax deductibility.

What is the goal of the Foundation?

It is the goal of this Foundation for Excellence to help create experiences and opportunities for students, raising achievement levels and preparing them for jobs of the future while enriching community life and contributing to economic growth. The Owensboro Public Schools have many unmet needs including special lectures, computer experiences, educational grants for extraordinary educational opportunities during intercessions, teacher mini-grants for special educational projects, and new technological equipment that can enhance the educational experience.


Board of Directors

  • Dr. Nick Brake
    OPS Superintendent
  • Mr. John DeLacey
    OHS Principal, Ex-Officio Member
  • Dr. Chris Gaddis
    Director, Ex-Officio Member
  • Mrs. Jane Haase
  • Mr. Andy Johnson
  • Dr. Mike Johnson
  • Nancy Eskridge
    OPS School Board Representative
  • Mrs. Anne Baker Leazenby
  • Dr. Tom Maddox, Jr.
  • Mr. Michael Moore
  • Mr. Dion Moorman
  • Ms. Forrest Roberts
  • Mr. Ted Smith
  • Mrs. Janet Suwanski
    Executive Director, Ex-Officio Member
  • Mr. David Tandy
  • Mrs. Minga Trogdlen

Past Grants

2016

2016 Grants awarded August 9, 2016

  1. Newton Parrish Elementary School - $500 for Boys2Men and Girls Etiquette Club
  2. Estes Elementary School - $1,645 for Project Lead the Way
  3. Cravens Elementary School - $1,000 for Microphones for Music Program
  4. Owensboro Middle School North - $2,500 for K’Nex Renewable Energy Program
  5. Owensboro High School - $1,200 for Redevelopment of Ethos to print publication
  6. Owensboro High School - $1,300 for Early Childhood Pathway for 2016-2018
  7. Owensboro Middle School North - $500 for Instructional Supplies
  8. Owensboro Middle School South - $500 for Instructional Supplies
  9. Owensboro Innovation Academy - $250 for Instructional Supplies
  10. Gateway Academy - $250 for Instructional Supplies
  11. Owensboro High School - $1,000 for Instructional Supplies
  12. Hager Preschool - $700 for Instructional Supplies
  13. Cravens Elementary School - $700 for Instructional Supplies
  14. Estes Elementary School - $700 for Instructional Supplies
  15. Foust Elementary School - $700 for Instructional Supplies
  16. Newton Parrish Elementary School - $700 for Instructional Supplies
  17. Sutton Elementary School - $700 for Instructional Supplies

 Total amount of grants awarded:  $14,845.

2014 - 2015

 

GRANTS AWARDED FOR
2014-15

The following grants have been awarded by the Foundation for Excellence Owensboro Independent Schools Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 School Year. 

Chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors Andy Johnson and Superintendent Dr. Nick Brake made a surprise visit to each recipient to present the grants on February 10, 2015. "Owensboro Public School teachers are on the cutting edge of innovation in the classroom. We are happy to give them the money they need to move their classrooms forward," said Andy Johnson.

A total of $7,356.67 was awarded through the six grants. Grants were made possible through Foundation fundraising, employee donations and memorial contributions to the Foundation.

  • Cravens Elementary School-$3,591-Tynker Programming Software: This is computer software that teaches elementary students programming and computational thinking skills and gives them a good foundation in STEM thinking abilities.

  • OMS South-$555.67-Dogfish Shark Dissection: This will pay for 50 dogfish sharks for dissection, dissection trays, Clorox wipes for cleanup and cost of shipping.

  • OHS-$800-Dance Shoes and Costumes: This will provide dance shoes and costumes for students who cannot afford them.  The amount stated also includes funds for needed additional storage cabinets.

  • Gateway Academy-$1,600-Stock Market Portfolio Challenge: This is a computer program that teaches sound financial practices which is already being taught at OHS.

  • Gateway Academy-$600-Junior Achievement Product Development and Marketing: This will provide the resources for students to develop and market products through Junior Achievement.

  • Gateway Academy-$210-Lit and Knit: This will be used to b buy yarn for 75 students for one year.  Students will use the yarn to knit while taking turns reading aloud to each other in order to improve their literacy skills.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a Foundation that believes money raised for Owensboro Public Schools should be put directly in the classroom,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.

2013 - 2014

 

GRANTS AWARDED FOR
2013-14

The following grants have been awarded by the Foundation for Excellence Owensboro Independent Schools Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 School Year. 

President of the Board Dr. Mike Johnson, Superintendent Dr. Nick Brake, and Foundation Liaison Chris Gaddis made a surprise visit to each recipient to present the grants on October 4, 2013.

A total of $10,885.42 was awarded through the seven grants.  Grants were made possible through Foundation fundraising, employee donations and memorial contributions to the Foundation. 

  • $3,325 to Estes Elementary for an Engineering Program for 3rd & 4th grades. The funds will be used to purchase kits that will introduce engineering to students through hands-on projects.
  • $500 to Foust Elementary for an i-Pad for two visually impaired students to share. There are several apps for the visually impaired, including VoiceOver which reads information to the user.
  • $1,120 to Hager Preschool for Sensory Processing Center, which “…will provide needed sensory input and opportunities for sensory exploration for all students…”
  • $995.47 to Newton Parrish Elementary for repair of string instruments and bows and purchase of a new violin.
  • $950.95 to Sutton Elementary for the purchase of additional percussion instruments for Sutton Percussion Club,
  • $2,935 to Owensboro Middle School for an Engineering Summer Camp for students entering the 5th, 6th & 7th grades. The camp will introduce students to design and technology in the areas of Aerospace Engineering, Electricity and Magnetism, and Design and Modeling.
  • $1,059 to Owensboro Middle South North for a Special Needs Sensory Area, which will provide students with multiple disabilities a place “…where they can independently interact with items for calming, relaxing and recreational activities…”

2011 - 2012

 

GRANTS AWARDED FOR
2011-12

The following grants have been awarded by the Foundation for Excellence Owensboro Independent Schools Board of Directors for the 2011-2012 school year.

Dr. Mike Johnson, president, and Mr. Clay Ford, treasurer of the Board, made a surprise visit to each recipient to present the grants on Feb. 17, 2012.

A total of $11,572 was given.  Grants were made possible through Foundation fundraising, employee donations and memorial contributions to the Foundation.

  • $500 to Cravens Elementary School (Media Center) for the purchase of nonfiction books for grades K-4 to promote reading non-fiction texts and create a book club for parents and students.
  • $2,372 to Cravens Elementary School (Family Resource Center) for Learners to Leaders program to develop leadership skills in targeted students through a staff mentored work experience project.
  • $500 to Estes Elementary School (Kindergarten class) to take students to Mesker Zoo in Evansville, Indiana, to experience lessons in ocean life, life on a farm, and life in a forest.
  • $2,000 to Newton Parrish Elementary School (Media Center)for the purchase of eBooks and training in their use to students, parents, and staff.  This is to be a pilot project to work with the OPS technology dept. in the possibility of implementing the program district-wide.
  • $1,000 to Sutton Elementary School (Future Leaders program) for costs of a trip to Frankfort, KY to observe the legislative process and for etiquette program books.
  • $400 to Sutton Elementary School (Student Technology Leadership Project) for the purchase of equipment so students can broadcast announcements over car radios to parents waiting in cars outside the school.
  • $1,400 to Owensboro Middle School (Band Program) to provide master classes on all band instruments for eight weeks for OMS band students unable to afford private lessons.
  • $1,400 to Owensboro High School (Band Program) to provide master classes on all band instruments for eight weeks for OHS band students unable to afford private lessons.
  • $250 to Owensboro High School (Health Occupations Students of America program) to purchase camera equipment for quality pictures required and books from approved medical reading list for competitions.
  • $750 to Owensboro High School (Special Education dept.)to provide a World of Work Cooking Day project and cultural literacy field trips for students.
  • $1,000 to Seven Hills Alternative School (Prevention) to provide social and cultural experiences for at-risk students with artist in residence program, guitar & instrument instructors, and art materials.

2010 - 2011

 

GRANTS AWARDED FOR
2010-2011

The following grants were awarded by the Owensboro Public Schools Foundation for Excellence Board of Directors in November 2010 for the 2010-2011 school year. 

Dr. Mike Johnson, president of the Owensboro Public Schools Foundation for Excellence, made a surprise visit to each recipient to present the grants. 

A total of $10,230 was given.  Grants were made possible through employee and memorial contributions to the Foundation.

 

  • $837 to Estes Elementary School (1st grade classes for media center) for the purchase of a collection of nonfiction books that are pre-leveled as well as a mobile cart to store the books.
  • $1,593 to Estes Elementary School (3rd & 4th grade classes)for the purchase of 80 leveled fiction and 80 leveled non-fiction books to add to classroom library to increase student achievement.
  • $1,000 to Foust Elementary School to continue a Garden Club project to provide an outdoor learning environment for students in the school courtyard as well as to create a science/weather center.
  • $750 to Newton Parrish Elementary School (Music Department) for the purchase of a third octave add-on set of 12 handbells and storage cases to extend the range for two handchime ensembles.
  • $1,000 to Owensboro Middle School (South Campus Media Center) for the purchase of books and accompanying accelerated reader tests to update and enlarge the biography collection for 5th & 6th graders.
  • $1,000 to Owensboro Middle School (Orchestra Department)for the hiring of professional musicians to give private and small group instruction one day per week to 5th and 6th grade orchestra students.
  • $800 to Owensboro Middle School (North Campus Youth Service Center) to provide an 8th grade College and Careers Week and 7th grade Reality Fair to increase students´┐Ż awareness of doing well in school and planning for their futures in real life situations.
  • $250 to Owensboro Middle School (North Campus) to provide an EXPLORE test preparation seminar and related supplies for 8th grade students to focus on test-taking strategies and time management.
  • $1,000 to Owensboro High School (The Scoop/Digital Devil Student Newspaper) to purchase a high-quality digital camera, lens, tripod, and carrying case needed to produce the student newspaper.
  • $1,000 to Owensboro High School to partner with other high schools or local organizations to invite Civil Rights leader Ruby Bridges to speak to all OHS juniors and seniors to share lessons of tolerance and forgiveness.
  • $1,000 to Seven Hills Alternative School (Rewards Committee)to provide field trips, social events, educational experiences to enhance social & community awareness to which students are not accustomed and reward students who demonstrate skills needed for successful transition to adult life.

2009 - 2010

 

GRANTS AWARDED FOR
2010

The following grants were presented by Dr. Mike Johnson, President of OPS Foundation, at the January 28, 2010, meeting of the Owensboro Board of Education.

The Owensboro Public Schools Foundation for Excellence Board of Directors reviewed 23 grant applications from excellent programs in our schools requesting a total of $40,103.54.

Because of the generosity of 182 OPS staff members who have pledged their financial support, the Foundation is able to almost double the amount of grants this year to $11,800.   Last year’s total awarded was $5,950.  Every school that submitted an application is represented in the following 14 grants awarded:

 

  • $400 to Estes Elementary School (Science and Writing classroom) for the purchase of a complete set of science content-based graphic novels to enhance both science and reading skills.
  • $500 to Estes Elementary School (2nd grade) for the purchase of a diverse selection of good literature that appeals to both boys and girls reading above grade level, specifically multiple copies of books at 3rd-5th grade levels.
  • $1,200 to Foust Elementary School to establish a Garden Club to construct a learning space in the school’s courtyard.
  • $750 to Sutton Elementary School (Music Department) for the purchase of new instruments to add to their collection of “Orff” instruments and other classroom percussion.
  • $1,000 to Owensboro 5-6 Center (Media Center) for the purchase of Playaways recorded books and supplies to increase student reading achievement.
  • $1,000 to Owensboro 5-6 Center (Music Department) for the purchase of culturally specific instruments for hands-on learning so students can truly experience the uniqueness of other cultures.
  • $300 to Owensboro Middle School to provide an EXPLORE test preparation seminar and related supplies for 8th grade students to focus on test-taking strategies.
  • $300 to Owensboro Middle School to continue the tradition of a Mother-Daughter Banquet for 8th grade girls to help transition to high school.
  • $300 to Owensboro Middle School to provide a College and Careers Week and Reality Fair to increase awareness of doing well in school and planning for post-secondary education.
  • $1,000 to Owensboro High School (Academic Team) to sponsor the Fourth Grade Academic Challenge to highlight excellence of high school and elementary school students.
  • $2,000 to Owensboro High School (Guidance) to renew the ACT tutoring program.
  • $1,200 to Owensboro High School (Youth Service Center) for the purchase of graphing calculators for the after school program to allow students to check out calculators to take home to do homework or study for tests.
  • $1,500 to Owensboro High School (Special Education Dept.) for Project Support/Student Financial Assistance/Community Based Instruction to prepare special needs students for real world experiences with life and job skills through community based instruction.
  • $350 to Owensboro High School (Community Volunteers) for supplies for a college freshman mentoring program for OHS seniors who will be family first generation college students.

2008 - 2009

GRANTS AWARDED FOR
2008-2009

Presented by Dr. Mike Johnson, President of OPS Foundation

November 20, 2008

ESTES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

$1,500 to Technology

Estes Elementary School is awarded a $1,500 grant for Technology needs. There were three grant applications from three Estes teachers for classes needing laptop computers, digital cameras and related equipment. The Foundation Board voted to give $1,500 to Estes to purchase technology equipment for the school as a whole so all students can benefit from the purchases to enhance their technology skills. Technology is one of the focused goals of the Foundation for Excellence and this grant will provide students with some of the tools needed to bring learning to life in the classroom while integrating photography and videography into the curriculum.

NEWTON PARRISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

$1,800 to Music Program for the Purchase of Student Violins

Newton Parrish Elementary School Music program is awarded a $1,800 grant to enhance the area of violin study for its students. The grant is to be used to purchase 20 student violins at a cost of $90 each. Newton Parrish has provided a structured string instruction program for the past three years with over 55 students taking part. Students' abilities have improved and the program has grown each year. However, many students do not have the opportunity to participate because they cannot afford the cost of a violin. This grant will provide violins for students to borrow while they are part of the ensemble. Study of the violin will extend and develop the students' understanding of musical concepts. Students will also develop a greater sense of confidence in themselves and their abilities, which as discovered in many studies, has been proven to carry over into other subject areas.

OWENSBORO HIGH SCHOOL

$2,000 for A.C.T. Tutoring Program

Owensboro High School is awarded a $2,000 grant for stipends for tutors for the ACT tutoring program. Last year, OHS created a one-on-one tutoring program for students who needed to improve certain specific areas of their ACT. Several students improved as much as 6 points in a certain area and some raised their composite scores 3-5 points This allowed some to compete for scholarships that might not have been possible otherwise.

The program was funded by ESS (Extended School Services) last year and those funds were cut from the state budget this year so the program had to be discontinued. This grant will allow the program to be offered again for the remainder of this year.

OWENSBORO HIGH SCHOOL

$400 to the OHS Student Newspaper, the Scoop, for Technology training

Owensboro High School is awarded a $400 grant for technology training for the OHS student newspaper, the Scoop, students and staff. This will provide training for students and staff to useInDesign, the publishing program, in order for the newspaper to be published on a more regular basis by the students.

OWENSBORO HIGH SCHOOL

$250 for Financial Aid Training

Owensboro High School is awarded a $250 grant for the purpose of hiring a knowledgeable financial aid advisor to help students and their parents in the completion of the FAFSA (federal financial aid form) in order to receive funds to attend college. The FAFSA form can be intimidating to students and parents who are filling it out for the first time and this program helps to eliminate this barrier between our students and college.

The program began last year with former KWC financial aid advisor, Mr. Gus Paris, and was a huge success.

2007

 

OPS FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE GRANTS APPROVED FOR 2007-2008 Presented by Dr. Mike Johnson, President of OPS Foundation

SUTTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

$720 for Digital Pens for Writing Portfolios

Sutton Elementary School is awarded a $720 grant for the purchase of 6 digital pens. The digital pens will allow students to write freely on any paper, store their written information, and then transform their written notes into text by simply plugging the USB drive in to a computer.

ESTES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

$500 to Future Leaders Academy

Estes Elementary School is awarded a $500 grant for the Future Leaders Academy where fourth grade students learn about leadership skills and personally develop those skills in their lives. Students are introduced to concepts of responsible citizenship within the community and the nation.

OWENSBORO HIGH SCHOOL

$1,000 to Project Support/Student Financial Assistance/Community-based Instruction

Owensboro High School is awarded a $1,000 grant for a program to assist students with mild, moderate, and severe special needs to learn life and job skills. Funds will be used for entrance and instruction fees for Community-based Instruction, art supplies for Arts and Humanities, audio materials, Instructional kits for core content classes, and a trip to the Louisville Science Museum.

OWENSBORO HIGH SCHOOL

$500 to E.L.I.T.E. Athletics

Owensboro High School is awarded a $1,000 grant to purchase materials needed for the OHS E.L.I.T.E. (Eligibility, Leadership, Involvement, Training, and Education) program that helps prepare student athletes to potentially receive college athletic scholarships. Advisory meetings teach them about courses to take that count toward NCAA core grade point average, media awareness techniques, and how to develop an athletic profile for college coaches and more.

OWENSBORO HIGH SCHOOL

$250 for Financial Aid Training

Owensboro High School is awarded a $250 grant for the purpose of hiring a knowledgeable financial advisor to train volunteers to help students and their parents in the completion of the FAFSA (federal financial aid form) in order to receive funds to attend college.

 

Owensboro Public Schools
Foundation For Excellence
1335 West 11th Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
Phone: 270-686-1000 

2006

 

OPS Foundation Awards Three Grants for 2006

The Owensboro Public Schools Foundation for Excellence awarded three grants to OPS schools at the November 16, 2006, meeting of the Owensboro Board of Education.

Owensboro High School - $1,000

Owensboro High School was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Owensboro Public Schools' Foundation for Excellence to purchase materials needed for the OHS ELITE (Eligibility, Leadership, Involvement, Training, and Education) program that helps prepare student athletes to potentially receive college athletic scholarships.

Rose Curtain Players - $3,000

Owensboro High School's Rose Curtain Players have been invited to perform at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland next summer. A grant of $200 per student participating up to $3,000 was provided by the Foundation to help with the cost of making the trip to Scotland. Approximately 14 students will be attending.

Cravens Elementary School - $5,000

Cravens Elementary School received a $5,000 grant to provide a structured program that will bring professional artists in the areas of music, visual art, drama, and dance into the school to work with students and enhance experiences in the Arts. The grant includes funding for an artist in residence program.

The OPS Foundation for Excellence awards grants annually to OPS schools. Funding is through tax-deductible donations to the Foundation. For more information, contact:

 

Owensboro Public Schools
Foundation For Excellence
1335 West 11th Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
Phone: 270-686-1000 

2005

 

OPS Foundation Awards Four Grants for 2005

The Owensboro Public Schools Foundation for Excellence awarded four grants to OPS schools at the November 17, 2005, meeting of the Owensboro Board of Education.

Estes Elementary School is receiving a $2,000 grant to implement the "One Book-One School-One Community" Family Literacy Project. The program is an opportunity for the school to emphasize the importance of reading and to create a sense of community within the school. The goal of this program is to have everyone in the Estes school community - students and their families, all certified and classified staff, and school volunteers - involved. The grant will include the purchase of 300 Dr. Seuss books so that everyone can read the same book and participate in a number of reading activities that will culminate during a family literacy celebration at the school on March 2. Walter Lee is the Estes Principal.

Newton Parrish Elementary School is receiving a $1,760 grant to create an After-School Club Model to enrich experiences of students both academically and athletically. A series of three-week clubs offered four times throughout the year will provide the opportunity for students to get a taste of activities such as technology, photography, chess, basketball, soccer, softball, art, cooking, crafts and enrichment in math, science, and social studies. The program is expected to carry over into classroom performance and to expose students to a variety of activities that will be offered later in their academic and athletic careers. Steve Bratcher is the Newton Parrish Principal.

Sutton Elementary School's grant for $1,000 will be used toward purchasing technology equipment that will enhance student learning and performance. They will use the money to purchase digital cameras, memory sticks, SmartBoard "Airliner" wireless slates and a photo printer. The technology will be used to incorporate digital pictures into portfolio entries, PowerPoint presentations, and classroom web sites. The slates will transform classrooms into interactive learning environments. Slates allow teachers to teach from anywhere in the classroom and it allows students to interact with the information from their desks. Jimmy Lyddane is the Sutton Principal.

Owensboro High School will be using their $1,000 grant toward connecting curriculum between the visual arts and the sciences in order to increase student achievement and enhance collaboration among teachers. An arts fair will be introduced in collaboration with the school's annual science fair in March. Arts and science teachers will design categories that will encourage students to develop creative science projects incorporating the arts and art projects incorporating the sciences. They will work together to develop integrated lessons to use art to support and reinforce learning in science. Winners of both the science and arts fairs will be recognized through awards ceremonies. Anita Burnette is the OHS Principal.

The OPS Foundation for Excellence awards grants annually to OPS schools. Funding is through tax-deductible donations to the Foundation. For more information, contact:

Owensboro Public Schools
Foundation For Excellence
1335 West 11th Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
Phone: 270-686-1000 

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