Founded in remembrance of Sharon Holliday, the purpose of the fund is to advance the work of Lincoln Northeast Family and Consumer Science activities through summer programs, after school programs, conferences, competitions or other enrichment opportunities not covered by LPS general funds.
During her time teaching at Goodrich Middle School, Connie was introduced to the Foundation’s Fund-A-Need program. She was able to see first hand the impact that the Foundation’s funds made on students lives. This sparked an interest in her, and she joined the FLPS Board in 2013.
We have a great team of people working on all sorts of great things at the Foundation. One of the ways we like to work is by engaging students as interns. We just love working with students - helping them learn about the working world as well as learning from them every day. What a great way to make a difference in our community! Find out more about our Marketing Intern Austin Heineman, who just started with us this summer. He is a Marketing/PR major at UNL.
I have gained an appreciation of risk-taking in an academic setting. The IB program really pushes you outside your comfort zone, and in doing so, I have found that I really enjoy topics that I never would have thought I would enjoy. For example, I am in an IB Art class, even though I am a pretty mediocre artist, and am taking IB Physics, which I never thought I would have liked. Contrary to my expectations, these classes have been two of my favorite from high school. I think that IB gives you the capacity to take risks with classmates and teachers that are invested in your success.
Our concerts vary in terms of song styles, but we believe movement is extremely important and that makes it difficult to use standard choral risers for performances. We currently have six choirs with two of them consistently having more than 100 singers in the group. These groups perform in rows of four to six people, spanning the entire width of the stage. Even though we try to align students by height, we constantly run into the challenge of seeing all students who are performing in the back rows. We've tried different formations, but have decided we need platform risers to really have all performers be seen.
Thank you for your support! Donors, in conjunction with the JA Woollam Foundation challenge grant, raised $40,000 to fund this amazing program where hands-on physics experiments spark students' curiosity and inspire a love of STEM. Taught by UNL Physics Professors, kids spend 4 Saturdays in the spring learning about physics. To learn more about Saturday Science, click below.
A former LPS student, Yahsmin was encouraged to apply for the Carstens Scholarship by Melinda Burk, her Guidance Counselor. Knowing that she wouldn't be receiving any other financial aid, Yahsmin was excited to apply for the $23,000 scholarship. The scholarship has allowed Yahsmin to attend the University of Wyoming, where she is currently studying Animal & Vet Science and Ag Business.
Advance the work of computer science activities for students! Together, we can help schools enhance curriculum through summer programs, after school programs or other exciting enrichment opportunities. Support computer science opportunities today!!
The Sue and Roger Kirby Science Enhancement Fund is a resource for students and educators seeking funding for hands-on research projects. Students learn the scientific process through experiments, and explore the world around them through science!
Family Literacy aims to help students and parents of all cultures learn imporant English language literacy skills. Last year, the program helped 120 students and 120 parents learn these skills, and 97% of participants thought that the program had made a significant difference! In addition to language skills, the Family Literacy program helps parents understand the importance of supporting their children's education.
It's hard to learn math when you are hungry, cold or scared. Help us make sure all students are fed, warm and safe, so they can come to school ready to learn. Our Students in Need funds help families and students when emergency needs arise. We help close the gap, like making sure there is a warm coat to wear, something to eat, and the electricity is still on. Many students need your support. Please consider a donation to the Student Emergency Fund.
Your gift will help to engage students in literature and reading strategies through art. Approximately 63 middle school students in reading classes will draw and paint to create projects that demonstrate their understanding of what they are reading. This project will supply materials for several classes of students to create two visual arts projects to deepen their understanding of literature.
The first project will let students create oil pastel portraits of characters' feelings feelings, thoughts, beliefs, dreams, etc. Students will create a design using quotes from the text overlaid with a portrait of the character.
The second project will give students the chance to reflect on all of the books they’ve read this year and choose ones they would like to recommend to peers. They will then create a visual art project of a bookshelf. Book titles and important symbols from each book will be carefully arranged on each shelf. Each "shelf" will fit together to create a large mural.
Language Arts and Reading Teacher
We sponsor a Running Club for Hartley students every spring to prepare students for making healthy summer activity choices. We work with a screen-printing company to make T-shirts for the students who participate. Students get to pick the color of their shirt and they are excited to receive the shirts that support school spirit and team unity. The bright colored shirts make it much easier for them to be seen and noticed around the halls of Hartley.
Since many of our families struggle financially, we only ask them to pay for a portion of the shirt. Your gifts will help cover the additional cost of the shirt beyond what our families are able to pay.
Fourth grade teacher
This year, on August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse that occurs over Lincoln. The next time we will be able to see a total solar eclipse here is 2023. Since this eclipse will occur on a Sunday, we would like to purchase solar eclipse glasses for our students to safely see the eclipse with their families.
One of the eighth grade science standards is to understand lunar and solar eclipses. Having access to the glasses will allow students to experience the eclipse safely with their families, creating a family learning experience that will benefit current students, their parents, and their siblings. Students in the sixth and seventh grades will also have lessons about the eclipse so that when the are in eighth grade they will have had an experience with eclipses. Currently, we have 780 students who will be involved -- 78 percent of whom are part of our free and reduced lunch program and the experience might not be possible if we don't provide the structure and equipment.
The Career Academy (TCA) is a partnership between Lincoln Public Schools and Southeast Community College. LPS students can explore their specific interest in any one of 16 different career pathways. Click here to learn more and donate.