We are very fortunate in LPS to have a Foundation that shares in our mission and intent. With more than 42,000 students enrolled that represent close to 50% eligible for free and reduced lunches (poverty factors), our ability to meet the needs of all of our students is beyond our resource capacity. Whether the need is for a family in crisis or a teacher that is seeking a teaching tool or activity (Fund a Need), the Foundation seeks ways to support. Whenever I am presented with a request for help and assistance my first call is to our Foundation.
Donors want to make a difference. When generosity positively affects people, it warms the heart.
“It’s one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve been a part of in my nearly 30 years of teaching. The donors’ generous contributions have let loose a happy, creative storm at East High!”
What led Jane Holt, East High School librarian, to say that was a phone call I received from a dear donor who read about Jane’s project in the newspaper. It was a cool project Jane was doing to convert an old-timey candy machine into a dispensary for art, supplies, and tchotchkes. “She should create a Fund-a-Need,” the donor suggested.
“A rich man’s soup – and all from a few stones. It seems like magic!”
A student brings much more to their classroom than their books and homework. They bring the experiences of their complex and busy lives. Some spend hours outside of school practicing their talent as an athlete, musician, artist or academic. Some worry where their next meal will come from, or if their family will be safe today. Others are exploring their purpose and passion and are looking for ideas that will inspire. Still others helping their parents navigate a new country. The opportunities to profoundly help a child are endless. Ed Foundations can provide that magic in the margins that helps to expand on the lessons learned during the school day and make learning come to life.
For over forty years, a UNL – LPS partnership has brought in over 100 LPS fifth graders over multiple Saturdays to ponder the fundamental questions of the universe. Lead by UNL professors and graduate students, children spend two hours exploring topics that range from toys, electricity, sound, and light. Because the program has occurred over forty years, many former students are now sending their children back to the same program they experienced as a child.
With such institutionalized success, the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools (FLPS) saw a need and stepped in to secure a fund to guarantee this program, beyond just getting by year by year on application fees.