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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 offers schools and specific departments the opportunity to apply for grants to support innovative programs or projects that promote higher levels of student learning and academic success. To be considered, grant proposals must enhance student academic performance and support the stated objectives, goals and initiatives of Oakwood Schools.

OSF awards grants annually in the fall and spring. Fall grants support projects or programs in the current calendar school year, while spring grants support projects or programs in the current school year or the following school year.

Oakwood Schools Foundation and Oakwood Fine Arts Boosters Award $5,250 To District In Fall Grants

OSF presents Oakwood Schools with grants check for fall 2021

Oakwood Schools Foundation and Oakwood Fine Arts Boosters are awarding more than $5,000 as part of the annual Fall Grant program to Oakwood Schools. The money provides funding for equipment and programs to supplement and enhance the educational experience of Oakwood students. 

“Our mission at the Oakwood Schools Foundation is to enhance excellence in education and our bi-annual grants to teachers and Oakwood Schools’ staff is one of our most direct ways of supporting that mission,” Emma Butler, OSF Grants and Programs Chair said. “I can honestly say reviewing the grants applications, learning more about the Oakwood Schools teachers’ passion and vision for their classes, and being able to provide this extra opportunity for our students is one of the most rewarding parts of my work on the Board.” 

One grant approved this cycle will provide music teachers Caleb Vanden Eynden and Scott Forney classroom sets of Ukuleles for young students at both Edwin D. Smith Elementary and Harman School. With these ukuleles, elementary students will be able to gain experience on string instruments much earlier and enjoy a new musical experience. 

“Right now, students have lots of time spent in music class singing, drumming and playing other miscellaneous instruments (xylophones, percussion, recorder, etc.). However, they do not have any experience with string instruments until sixth grade orchestra if they choose to participate,” Caleb Vanden Eynden, Music Teacher at Smith Elementary said. “Ukulele is a great way to get students playing string instruments early, and can be a great bridge to guitar later on.”

Also awarded this fall is a grant benefiting Oakwood Junior High and High School students by bringing veteran Dave Roever to speak to students during Homecoming Week.  Roever, who was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam, spoke to students on hope, courage and commitment. In addition to speaking to the students at an outdoor assembly, Roever was able to participate in pre-game festivities at the Homecoming Game in a salute to veterans.  

A third grant will bring more cordless microphones to students participating in the a capella program at OHSl. The cordless microphones will allow students more independence during their performances, and allow for more polished and professional shows, according to Jeremy Storost, music director at OJH and OHS.

For nearly 40 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 on our website.

Oakwood Schools Students, Staff Benefit from Cleaner Air Thanks to OSF Grant

air purifier

Oakwood Schools’ students and staff members are breathing easier thanks to a grant from The Oakwood Schools Foundation.  OSF approved grant funding in August 2020 to supply the District with commercial-grade air purifiers for each classroom in the District’s five buildings.

In normal years, OSF encourages Oakwood teachers to apply for grants to bring innovative ideas to life in their classrooms.  In 2020, Foundation leaders contacted District administrators to find out how they could assist with the plans to reopen the schools.  Based on feedback received from various focus groups that took place during the summer of 2020 with teachers, staff and community members, District leadership requested assistance in improving air quality in the classrooms. 

“We have a clearly defined policy requiring students and staff to wear face coverings.  We are creating sanitation guidelines to clean our facilities several times each day.  We will be including hygiene in our daily activities and we have developed multiple modes of instruction to be able to maintain social distance to the extent possible between people in our buildings.  The addition of air purifiers in our classrooms will provide an additional layer of protection for our students and staff,” Oakwood Schools Superintendent Dr. Kyle Ramey said at the time.

According to the EPA, air purifiers are part of an overall plan to fight COVID-19.  In addition to battling COVID-19, recent research has demonstrated a school’s physical environment plays an important role in academic performance, staff productivity and retention, and overall attendance.  Portable air cleaners, also known as air purifiers or air sanitizers, are designed to filter the air in a single room or area. While they cannot remove all pollutants from the air, they can reduce indoor air pollution, increase classroom ventilation and reduce the transmission and spread of infectious agents in buildings.

“After extensive research, the best unit we found is not only an air purifier but also has an added feature of a germicidal UV light and a patented photocatalytic oxidizer that physically breaks down two major types of germs: bacteria and viruses. It offers a 10-year warranty and will not only help with COVID-19 but additional virus strains as they emerge,” Operations Coordinator Todd Scott said.  

Purifiers were ordered and arrived during the beginning of the school years.  Units were placed in classrooms as soon as they arrived.

Thanks to the generosity of parents, alumni, students, teachers and the community, OSF has awarded more than $900,000 since 1991 to fund teacher-proposed grants for state-of-the-art classroom technology, unique academic programs, innovative learning materials and more.

“OSF is pleased to show our support for the outstanding teachers and their commitment to providing a top-notch educational experience for our students during these uncertain times,” Katherine Cezeaux, OSF Grants & Programs Chair said.

For nearly 40 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 on our website.

OSF Presents Nearly $11,000 for Winter Grant Cycle (January 2019)

OSF donates for winter grant

Oakwood Schools Foundation is awarding nearly $11,000 as part of its annual Winter Grant program. The money will provide funding for programs and equipment that supplements funding by the school district. 

"During the Winter Grant cycle, we were able to fund a number of programs that enhance the learning environment for all Oakwood students," said Jennifer Speed, OSF Grants and Programs Chair. "We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the community, teachers and school leaders in supporting Oakwood Schools."

One grant approved this round will provide funding for a workshop for junior and senior high students with acclaimed and award-winning young adult author Chris Crutcher.  The workshop will enable students to learn about the writing process and also encourage students to read literature for pleasure. 

Another grant will provide an inventory of sensory equipment at Smith Elementary to help increase student learning and focus.  By providing differentiated materials, a wide variety of learning styles can be supported, meeting the educational needs of all students.

Also awarded this fall is a grant benefiting Oakwood’s youngest learners at Lange School.  Through this special education sensory program, students will be empowered to manage bird feeders.  All students will benefit from having more interaction with nature, as birds visit the feeders, which will be a focal point of the OakWoods. 

Thanks to a grant to purchase solar panels for Oakwood Junior High/Oakwood High School, students will see solar energy in action.  The solar gird will be installed to power the lighting in the science hallways of the building.

“This installation project will allow us to create a story that can unfold and enrich the STEM experience in junior and senior high school.  From energy forms to energy conversions, from wiring to output loads, from the design and construction aspects of the array to careers that take us from sunlight to power, our students will have the opportunity to experience it all,” OHS science teacher Heidi Edwards said.

The Foundation will award a second round of grant money in the fall.  Thanks to the generosity of parents, alumni, students, teachers and the community, OSF has awarded more than $890,000 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 on our website.  

OSF AWARDS MORE THAN $8700 IN GRANTS FOR FALL (Sept. 2019)

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  on our website.