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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 $18,000 To District In Fall Grants

The Oakwood Schools Foundation is proud to announce the award of more than $18,000 as part of the annual Fall Grant program. The money will provide funding for equipment and programs that go beyond the scope of the school district, enhancing the educational experience of Oakwood students.

“We welcome this chance to work with the Oakwood Schools to support these worthwhile educational opportunities for our students. We look forward to continuing this partnership,” Jennifer Almoney, OSF Grants & Programs Chair, said.

One of the grants approved this time will bring instructors from the Boonshoft Museum and the Raptor Center at Glen Helen to E.D. Smith Elementary School four times during the school year, allowing students a hands on experience to study motion, energy and animals.  

Another grant benefitting elementary students would purchase 15 Kindle eReaders for the libraries at Smith and Harman School.  As a part of the extremely popular “Lumberjack Reading List” program, the devices would be preloaded with five eBooks and five eAudiobooks and available for fourth to sixth grade students to check out.

At the Junior High, OSF is helping fund a program that will enable students to work with robots as a way to enhance their creative storytelling.  OJH English teacher Ann Whitehair plans to integrate coding and robotics into her Language Arts class.  Students will ultimately form a robotics team to participate in the Wonder League Robotics Competition.

Another grant will support Oakwood High School students participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge.  The internationally-recognized robotics and engineering competition challenges students to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation and sharing ideas.

Oakwood teachers have the opportunity to submit grant requests two times each school year at the beginning of each semester.  The Foundation will award a second round of grant money in the spring.

Thanks to the generosity of parents, alumni, students, teachers and the community, The Foundation has awarded more than $830,000 since 1991 to fund teacher-proposed grants for state-of-the-art classroom technology, unique academic programs, innovative learning materials and more.

For more than 35 years, The Oakwood Schools Foundation has provided significant annual support to our District by funding grants, scholarships and special wish list items, all for the benefit of Oakwood students.   Learn more about The Oakwood Schools Foundation online at:  www.oakwoodschools.org/community/osf.

OSF Awards More Than $13,000 To District In Winter 2018 Grants

Students roller skating as part of Skate Time activity

The Oakwood Schools Foundation is proud to announce the annual teacher and administrator grants funded in Winter 2018. More than $13,000 was awarded for equipment, educational and programs that go beyond the scope of the school district’s normal operating budget, enhancing the educational experience of our students. Thanks to the generosity of parents, alumni, students, teachers and the community, The Foundation has awarded more than $815,000 since 1991.

The first grant awarded is for SOS! Stretch and Support: Enrichment for ALL benefitting both Harman and Smith Elementary Schools. This program will provide a large resource of engaging, collaborative, age-appropriate, hands-on educational games specifically chosen for the purpose of growing critical reasoning skills for students. The educational games selected demand higher-level reasoning in the areas of verbal, quantitative and nonverbal reasoning. In addition, these activities develop logical, strategic and deductive reasoning skills. The higher level reasoning taught through this program will encourage confidence in problem-solving that will apply to all areas of student learning and achievement.

The second grant awarded this winter is for Skatetime School Program and will benefit fifth and sixth graders at E.D. Smith Elementary. The funds for this grant will be used to facilitate a comprehensive skating unit, which addresses five current State Standards. Building upon the existing P.E. curriculum, students will be able to apply their balance and coordination skills while meeting a variety of wellness and fitness requirements.

The final award for this grant cycle will help the OHS Academic Decathlon team in defending its state and national titles. The OHS team has won the state championship for seven consecutive years, advancing to the national competition where they have placed first in their division for the past six years. This year’s National Competition will take place April 19-21 in Frisco, Texas. Academic Decathlon is the most rigorous and premier scholastic competition in the nation. It offers students an extensive interdisciplinary learning experience that varies from and enhances the traditional core classes at Oakwood High School.

Academic Team celebrates 7th national title

OSF is pleased to fund these worthy grants, supporting the Oakwood Schools in areas where current funding may be lacking.

The Oakwood Schools Foundation, a component of The Dayton Foundation, provides students with diverse and distinctive opportunities that go above and beyond the reach of the district’s normal operating budget. Pursuing its mission, “Enhancing Excellence in Education,” the Foundation provides significant annual support for quality initiatives, including teacher and administrative grants, scholarships and special wish list items. For more information about the Oakwood Schools Foundation, please contact Dante Connell, Director, at 297-5332 or contact@oakwoodschoolsfoundation.org or visit our website www.oakwoodschoolsfoundation.org

OSF Awards More Than $32,000 To District In Fall 2017 Grants

The Oakwood Schools Foundation is proud to announce its fall 2017 teacher and administrator grants. More than $32,000 was awarded for technology, equipment and programs that go beyond the scope of the school district’s normal operating budget and enhance the educational experience of our students.

Oakwood Schools Foundation’s Fall 2017 grants included full or partial funding for:

  • Dave Roever, Vietnam War veteran and motivational speaker at OJHS/OHS to support the B.O.L.D. Initiative (Building Our Lives Drug-free)
  • Chromebook mobile computer lab for World Languages at OJHS/OHS
  • Artist-in-residence program for OJHS/OHS art and engineering students to design and create public artwork for the Oakwood community
  • Electron deflection tube for physics courses at OHS
  • Google Expedition Kit to provide a virtual reality classroom at OJHS/OHS
  • Youth empowerment speaker and author Trudy Ludwig, at Harman, Smith and Lange School in conjunction with the Harmanize/GRIT character education program with a school-year focus on empathy and kindness
  • OHS Alternative Workspaces for Collaborative Learning

Thanks to the generosity of parents, alumni, students, teachers and the community, the Foundation has awarded more than $800,000 since 1991.

Trudy Ludwig participates in Fun Run 2017OJHS students participate in activity with virtual gogglesStudent painting community art project

Dave Roever speaks to junior and senior high studentsStudents using chromebook in World Language class