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The Lincoln Public Schools Staff Fund Drive kicks off September 22 and runs through October 2. Learn how a donation to the Foundation gives back to you and your school.

The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools is now accepting requests for emergency assistance from LPS students and their families affected by COVID-19.

Families of LPS students in need may request funds to help with: childcare, medical bills, rent or housing costs, utilities, gas/groceries and other emergencies as necessary.

Ameritas provides educational materials in partnership with Barnes & Noble and the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools.

The school year seems to speed up as it winds down. With the harsh winter behind us, the spring push to renew our energy and ideas is even more pressing than usual. For the Foundation, this means increasing our efforts to expose students to career and life-changing experiences.

You, our friends and donors, have made so many experiences possible over the last few months.

Macek was recognized for building positive working relationships, showing compassion and being an exceptional leader. She was nominated by her colleague, Rachael Kluck-Spann.
“Whether it is an academic or behavioral concern, Deanna has excellent skills to help find working solutions in a collaborative, productive way,” Kluck-Spann wrote in her nomination. “Macek is an enormous asset to our administrative team, the Irving community and to Lincoln Public Schools.”

Lefler Middle School teacher Pam Steckelberg was awarded the Florence J. Clark Excellence in Middle School Teaching award by the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools on February 27, 2019 at a special assembly with students, colleagues and her family. Steckelberg, in her 27th year of teaching, was recognized for building positive and real relationships with her students while creating a classroom culture with high expectations that also serves as a safe place for students to learn and make mistakes.

Dreyer, a special education teacher in his 18th year at Beattie Elementary School, was recognized for finding creative ways to incorporate financial literacy into the classroom. His farm simulation curriculum includes teaching students to buy and sell livestock and practice budgeting to feed animals, pay bills and manage unexpected expenses. The simulation takes place over the course of a school year so students can watch their money and herd grow over time.

Lincoln Southeast High School counselor Kelsey Lorimer was awarded the Nancy Muehlhausen Counseling Award by the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools on February 12, 2019 surrounded by her family and colleagues.
Lorimer, in her fourth year at LSE, was recognized for her commitment to students and dedication as a counselor.

If you think GoFundMe changed the fundraising game forever when they launched their online crowdfunding platform in 2010, think again. Lincoln Public Schools has been using their remarkably similar Fund a Need program since 2003, providing classrooms with everything from field trips, to mariachi ensembles, to pet bearded dragons.

Homelessness is most visible when people are on the street, out in the open. People who have no shelter at all are extremely vulnerable, but homelessness has other faces too. It can have a particularly different impact for students working to get their education.

If you are considering a charitable gift this year, you may consider contributions of cash, appreciated stock, or other assets directly to the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. You may also consider more sophisticated gifting tools, such as charitable gift annuities or charitable lead trusts. If in addition or instead you prefer a deferred gift to the Foundation, you may include your charitable intent in your estate plan documents, such as a bequest in your Will of a certain dollar amount or percentage of your estate, and / or naming the Foundation as a beneficiary on your retirement accounts, life insurance, or other accounts or assets.

If you ever think one person can’t make a difference, I have one name for you. Ed Copple.

Ed did everything he could to support others’ ability to share his passion for fitness in Lincoln. A smart business person and a hard worker, Ed did well for himself and his family but was generous in giving back to his community. In fact, Ed and Mary’s donation to the LPS Wellness fund was a major part of the creation of my role within LPS in helping manage those funds responsibly and create related programming to support the health of our LPS students.

Edupoint® Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, is pleased to announce that its 2018 Partner for Life Award has been awarded to Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska.

2Gen (a family literacy program) is a nationally recognized and innovative educational approach with a powerful premise. It brings students and families together to learn— challenging parents, guardians and their children to identify academic and life goals that will improve the quality of their lives. Wells Fargo is an important supporter of the 2Gen program, not only financially, but also by encouraging their employees to volunteer.

Let’s hear it for Guac and Roll! That was a familiar refrain last year at Lincoln Public School’s Career Academy. Guac and Roll, a team from the culinary path of The Career Academy, placed in the top 25 of the National ProStart Invitational, a national culinary competition. It is the highest a team from Nebraska has ever placed at this annual competition which took place in April in Providence, Rhode Island. The Career Academy (TCA) team was comprised of Francisco Chavira Gonzalez and Sagan Smith, from Lincoln High, Tessa Mariscal, from Northeast, and Corbin Reinhardt, from Southwest.

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