Nominations are now open for this year's awards! Help us honor the great educators by submitting your favorite teacher. Nominations close October 25th!
Real change starts with you. As a teacher of early elementary education, Hannah Huston understands this. Because giving kids a chance to reach their full potential takes a community. Making sure all kids have that chance is one reason Hannah is donating a portion of the proceeds from her concert to the LPS Early Childhood Fund for Excellence. This fund will support ...
Jim Glenn-Hash is a fifth grade teacher at Prescott elementary. He has gotten into the habit of submitting a soccer Fund-a-Need proposal each year for kids who want to play soccer but are unable to handle the cost of the YMCA program - many of these students are Karen students from Burma and soccer is a great way for them to be part of the community and have some fun. He used to pay for this out of his own pocket but it got to be pretty expensive, because a lot of kids wanted to play - a great problem to have! Rather than stop the project, he reached out to Fund-a-Need...
The halls of Ruth Hill Elementary School are overflowing with eager students and caring staff that come together to create an incredibly uplifting community committed to learning. Hill’s dedication to academic success and innovative programming is what earned them the 2014-2015 Inspire School Award from the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. Checking in with Hill a year later, our staff was anxious to see how they had decided to allocate their Inspire Award funds.
His 6 years of service as a Sergeant in the Army National Guard paired with his 2 years as Officer for the Lincoln Police Department is what defines him as a hero. Johnson’s generosity and commitment to his community did not stop there. He recently stopped by our office to donate his award to the Foundation to benefit LPS students.
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.
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.
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!!
Want to learn more about the work we do at the Foundation? Read a few stories about some of the over 400 funds we have that help students and educators at LPS.
Students of all ages in Lincoln Public Schools will have a once in a lifetime opportunity on August 21, 2017, to view a total solar eclipse. The event will start as the moon begins blocking out the sun around 11:00 a.m. A complete shadow, or totality, will occur around 1:00 p.m. giving students at all LPS schools a front row seat on this astrological event just by walking outside the door.
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.
This is a project of self-representation through photography and writing that challenges the biases students encounter every day, giving voice to underrepresented communities through students’ identification of strengths, creative writing and visual narratives.
As a teacher at Lincoln High School, I am inspired by students’ stories of endurance, courage, compassion, and optimism. The Excellence Project is an inclusive and collaborative project exploring personal strengths through writing and art. Your gifts will help this project receive local and international attention on a large scale.
Written biographies with photographic portraits will be exhibited to a vast audience by Inside Out, an international participatory art project. Photography and creative writing students will also edit a book to showcase the 50 portraits of excellence, the sculpture installations, individual student photography and written stories. This work will also be displayed in Nonprofit Hub’s exhibition space for a First Friday art reception.
Zeman Elementary is very fortunate to have four Flip Form risers for music class. With our ever-growing population, a fifth riser would be very beneficial to the learning environment. Not all of our students can fit in a single setting, so a fifth riser would improve the seating conditions immensely. Please consider donating!
Zeman music teacher
Schoo Middle School has, for the first time, a cooking and baking club available to students! Your generous donations will help ensure the ultimate goal of our brand new club: To teach our students the importance of meal planning, cooking, and baking, and prepare them for a life of independence. Our school is nearly 50% free and reduced lunch, and even more participate with the Food Market once a month where they have the opportunity to get and take home, donated food.
Over the last four years, there has been an overwhelming number of students who have routinely asked if there is such a club available. The talented family and consumer science teacher, Kayla Yost, and myself have a passion for cooking and baking, and want to share that with the large number of students who share our interest. Our club currently has more than 50 members. All will have a chance to participate, but our funds will quickly be depleted. Your help will ensure our students learn an invaluable life skill that is increasingly becoming nonexistent with our youth. You will help our students work toward independence, and share their skills with younger siblings. They will bond with other students and build relationships within the community. This club will offer a goal for students to work toward, and increase their motivation to learn and become better students.
6th grade teacher
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.