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We love our students, our schools and our community. Thank you for all you do for Lincoln Public Schools through your support of the Foundation. Want to do more? Give us a call! Check out the stories below in our Annual Report. We've got lots to share!
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 18th and close February 25..
Looking for a great Summer program for your kids? Spark is a maker-camp with a STEAM based curriculum that is full of fun and plenty of time to play. Because summer should be about fun (with a side of education)!
We've been really busy helping students and families. Find out exactly what we've been busy working on.
It's hard to learn 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.
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Through our generous donors, the Foundation for LPS offers many different scholarships. See them here.
Each year, the Inspire Awards honor one student and one staff member from each school community. This celebration honors those who are an inspiration to their school and community.
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!!
With just over 46% of LPS students living at or below the poverty line, unexpected expenses can be devastating. Fixing that flat tire is sometimes a choice between having transportation so a parent can get to work or paying the electric bill. Many families make hard choices like these about basic needs: clothing, food, warmth. Choices that affect students’ ability to focus and be successful, and carry life-long implications. Find out how you can make the difference for a family who is struggling.
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.
The Lincoln High Slam Poetry community does not have direct funding for a very important academic and creative program for students. To compete in Louder Than a Bomb, we rent school buses for $600 apiece to Omaha and back to Lincoln. Your gifts will make it possible to compete at all, and keep it affordable for all students. To keep costs low, we pack a sack lunch and water for every student on the bus.
We have won two State team Championships and two Individual Championships at this event in the past. We continue to write, carefully edit and perform to extremely high standards. We include student editors, team members and a hype squad so that many more are able to take part in this beautiful program.
McPhee Music Department polo shirts that will help our students more fully experience and feel a part of the McPhee Elementary Music Department. These shirts would be used not only for concerts and other music department events, but give them a feeling of belonging and a sense of community. Many of our students have commented in the past that they do not own dress clothes to wear to concerts, we hope to get the students polo shirts so that they will have something to wear that is more dress up for occasions.
To help encourage reading at home and read aloud time with children and their families, this program will provide a bag of age-appropriate board books to be sent home each week with each preschool student at McPhee. The bags will be kept by families for one week and then returned and exchanged for a new bag of books, making it a convenient way to always have new books at home.
The benefits of reading aloud to children have been well documented, and include helping associate positive feelings with reading, increasing vocabulary, and building early literacy skills. Through this program, we hope to help facilitate and support reading at home as well as encourage students and families to bond over a shared love of reading!
Money will be used to purchase new board books for preschool as well as sturdy bags that can be used to transport books between students' homes and school.
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.