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Teachers and members of the OSF discuss the grant applicaiton process

Thank you to all the Oakwood staff members who attended the OSF grant professional development session at Oakwood High School Oct. 18. 

It was great meeting with staff members who are interested in the OSF grant program. 

Oakwood Schools Foundation (“OSF”) Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative instructional programs and ideas in education. Teachers, principals, and school administrators can apply for grants to fund projects that benefit individual classrooms, or their entire school.  

OSF Awards More Than $8700 in Grants for Fall

OSF presents a check for $8753 to Oakwood Schools Board of Education

The Oakwood Schools Foundation is awarding more than $8,700 as part of the 2019 Fall Grant program. The money provides for equipment and programs that supplement school district funding to enhance the educational experience of Oakwood students. 

“This year, we were able to fund a number of innovative teacher- and staff-initiated projects to benefit Oakwood students at all grade levels,” Jennifer Speed, OSF Grants & Programs Chair said. “We are grateful for the community's support in enriching our students' educational environment.”

One of the grants approved this round will provide a large format poster printer for teachers and students at Oakwood Junior High and High School.  With this printer, students enrolled in AP Studio Art and graphic arts courses will be able to create well-rounded portfolios for art competitions and college applications, increasing their chances for scholarship consideration.  Students taking architecture and engineering courses will be able to connect the learning process to real life situations by printing large format designs found in the workplace.  The equipment will also allow teachers to create custom-made visual aides and to highlight upcoming school events. 

Also awarded this fall is a grant benefiting Oakwood’s youngest learners at Lange School.  The funds for this grant will be used to purchase yoga mats, providing for a yoga and stretching program for kindergarten students. 

“Having these mats fits right into our Physical Education curriculum which includes yoga and fitness, as well as our cool down at the end of every class and working on core strength,” physical education teacher Deb Osterfeld said.

Another grant will bring instructors from Boonshoft Museum and Glen Helen’s Raptor Center to E.D. Smith Elementary School four times during the school year, allowing students to study motion, energy and animals hands on.  These visits allow students to interact with live animals and learn about their habitats and special characteristics up close.

Thanks to a grant to purchase a saltwater tank, students in Chemistry, Physical Science, Biology, Environmental Science and AP Biology will be able to see science brought to life.  From set-up to upkeep, students in the newly created Oakwood Coral Club will play a role in maintaining the system, while learning the science behind it.

“Concepts that seem abstract and unusable in day to day life will now have a life application and a basis for learning.  Our students can begin to understand the environmental issues and pressures facing these habitats and hopefully use their knowledge and voice to impact change for the greater good of our environment, which is a goal of Oakwood Schools,” remarked OHS science teacher Heidi Edwards.

The Foundation will award a second round of grant money in the winter.  Thanks to the generosity of parents, alumni, students, teachers and the community, OSF has awarded more than $880,000 since 1991 to fund teacher-proposed grants for state-of-the-art classroom technology, unique academic programs, innovative learning materials and more.  Learn more about The Oakwood Schools Foundation at: