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During January, millions of Americans and people around the world will celebrate the 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. In the spirit of unity and peace, we have the opportunity on this day to reflect collectively on the man and his mission, his legacy, and his dream. In recognition of Dr. King’s contribution to our nation and community, the University of Nebraska, Southeast Community College, and the Lincoln Public School District will again collaborate to host the “Freedom Fund Breakfast.” This is our time to honor the memory of Dr. King, and to introduce and congratulate the recipients of the 2016 MLK Scholarships.
From January 4th through February 28th schools can apply for funds to update their playgrounds. School playgrounds provide students with opportunities for physical and social development and build strong and safe neighborhoods.
Because we care deeply about the quality of education available to our students, we work together with the Lincoln community to help students achieve their educational goals. Applications open for scholarships on December 15th and close February 23.
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.
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!!
Amber Vlasnik is a teacher who makes a difference. A 2016 winner of the Myrtle Clark Educator Award, she was also just awarded the Nebraska Teacher of the Year! We are proud to honor and lift up educators who inspire possibilities for students in Lincoln and the important work they do. Congratulations to Lincoln High School and Ms. Vlasnik!
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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.
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.
For most families, parents can support the equipment and supplies needed to be a part of a team. But for some, this can become a barrier to participate. This fund helps level the playing field. Each student who qualifies receives a voucher to purchase shoes, equipment and a physical provided by a community partner. Last year alone we distributed over $9,000 to 109 athletes. Help a student now so they can be a part of the team.
North Star High School just began their Unified Bowling team this year. It was a great success and something that will only grow in the future. Because of this we will need more equipment to accommodate our growing team. We also have many players whose families struggle financially and this could be a huge help to them to allow their kids to be successful. Your gifts will purchase basic bowling equipment, including bowling balls, ball bags and towels.
This season we had 12 kids out for our team but hopefully that number will increase next year (the number of students on a team will vary depending on how many students can qualify as athletes for the team). Unified bowling encompasses student leadership, character, community involvement and respect for others' skills and abilities. Respect is a huge piece for Unified Bowling. Students who normally wouldn't have the same classes or be involved in the same groups are now paired up and must learn to work with one another.
Head Unified Bowling Coach
The first graders at West Lincoln Elementary were lucky this year to receive free tickets to the Lied Center to see the play, Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” on February 22, 2017. We are very excited because we do not get yearly field trips in first grade. We believe that the Lied Center is an amazing part of our community but very few of our students have even heard of it. Sixty-nine first grade students will be introduced, and a few reintroduced, to the Lied Center and to the arts! Hopefully after the field trip the students will go home and talk about it and spark an interest/curiosity in their families; in turn they will want to experience the Lied Center and arts as well.
We have been reading every Elephant and Piggie book that we can find and the students are growing eager to see the play. Seeing a book come alive in a play is going to be so magical and unforgettable to the students. This is what I want for all of the students at West Lincoln. It is my hope that this will be an experience that they will talk about, write about and want to experience over and over again.
Unfortunately, buses are in high demand the day of the play. We have 69 free tickets to the Lied but no way to get there. Our students would love this opportunity and we as teachers would love to provide it to them.
First Grade Teacher
Twenty three students enrolled in AP Government and Politics at Southeast High school have qualified for the National Finals of the We the People...The Citizen and the Constitution competition. These students won the state competition held at the UNL College of Law on January 5. The National Finals will be held April 21-25 in Washington, D.C., and the cost of the trip is $1674 per student. The We the People competition is conducted by the Center for Civic Education and is in its 30th year. Lincoln Southeast is one of a small number of schools nation-wide that have participated for all 30 years.
Our goal for this Fund-a-Need request is not to pay for the entire cost of the trip but to help lower the per-student cost as much as possible. Currently, the $1,674 price tag will be a significant factor in each student's decision to participate.
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.