Posted on January 10th, 2018


The Edmond Public Schools Foundation will be inducting the newest honorees to the Edmond Public Schools Hall of Fame at a dinner on April 13, 2018, in the UCO Nigh University Ballroom. This year’s class include retired Edmond educator and music educator Missy Attebery, Young Alumni of the Year Kyle Harper, and 1975 Edmond Memorial alumnus and realtor Brad Reeser.
 
Established in 2014, the Edmond Public Schools Foundation Hall of Fame honors outstanding alumni and educators who have contributed to the success of Edmond Public Schools and to the betterment of education and the community in which they live. All proceeds from the Hall of Fame directly support programs that provide classroom grants as well as supporting students attending academic and artistic competitions. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner and induction ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame also includes a silent and live auction.
 
Missy Attebery is a retired elementary music teacher. Attebery retired in May 2017 after teaching 40 of her 41 years in Edmond Public Schools, with the majority of her years spent at Chisholm Elementary. She has studied the methodologies of Zoltan Kodaly and Carl Orff and presented at many workshops and conventions including Oklahoma Music Educators Conference.  Oklahoma Music Educators’ Association (OkMEA) has recognized Attebery as “Exemplary Teacher” and she is a former Edmond Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Generations of Edmond graduates remember Attebery as instilling a love for music as well as being a source of continued encouragement.
 
Young Alumni of the Year Kyle Harper was born and raised in Edmond where he attended Orvis Risner, Cimarron Middle and graduated from Edmond Memorial. He earned a degree in Letters and summa cum laude distinction from the University of Oklahoma, and received his Masters and Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. In 2015, Harper was named OU’s Senior Vice President and Provost, serving as the Chief Academic Officer of the Norman campus. As a scholar, Harper studies the ancient and particularly the ancient Roman world. He has published three award winning books and his work has been praised and featured by the BBC and in The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, and other leading outlets around the world. A committed teacher, Harper offers a range of courses on ancient history, early Christianity, and the Great Books.
 
Brad Reeser has lived in Edmond since 1963 where he attended Orvis Risner Elementary, Edmond Junior High and graduated from Edmond Memorial in 1975. He’s an accomplished and award-winning realtor as well as a philanthropist and ardent supporter of many organizations in the Edmond community. Since 1982, he has sold over half a billion of Edmond-area real estate and closed over 3,300 transactions. The Journal Record has named Reeser in the top five OKC Metro Area agents for the last decade and he has been inducted to the Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame as well as been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award with the Edmond Board of Realtors. Reeser serves on the Edmond Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Edmond Board of Realtors, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma District, among many other professional and civic memberships. He has also been a champion of Keller Williams Central Oklahoma Red Day Run that has a goal of raising $100,000 a year for local charities.
 
For information on how to sponsor a table or a ticket to the April 13th event, go to www.edmondpsf.org or contact the Edmond Public Schools Foundation at (405) 340-2819.  

Posted on September 6th, 2016


EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
SUPPORTS STATE QUESTION 779


Edmond Public Schools IS Edmond. Our schools are where our children learn, where they hope and where they dream. The future leaders of our city and state sit in today's classrooms –  classrooms that have too few teachers, too many students and too little resources. While EPS has seen an increase of 5,000 students over the past decade, state funding has not kept pace.

State Question 779 is the only plan on the table offering immediate hope to help stem the teacher shortage crisis, growing class sizes and lost opportunity due to extreme budget cuts. Projections indicate  EPS could receive $13.6 million annually is SQ 779 passes based on a projected revenue for school districts statewide of $427.4 million.

More than $11.7 million will be a direct increase in pay for our Edmond teachers. While we understand this initiative creates challenges for cities and municipalities, it is undeniable that an initiative petition such as SQ 779 may be the only way for Oklahoma to recruit and retain enough qualified teachers to provide the high-quality education our children deserve.

Our children are Oklahoma's greatest resource and are worthy of the investment. The Edmond Public Schools Foundation proudly endorses SQ 779 as an opportunity to do better for our students and teachers in Edmond and throughout Oklahoma.​​

Posted on December 3rd, 2015



EPSF has decided to extend the Great Ideas Grant Application for an additional week! We know the end of the semester is a busy time with holidays and tests, and we want to ensure that every educator who wants to submit a GREAT IDEA has the opportunity.

Don't let this deadline come-and-go without taking advantage of this fantastic opportunity to receive up to $5,000.00 to implement a new, innovative idea into your classroom!



Posted on November 13th, 2015

Ever Wonder If Your Giving Makes A Difference? 

Because of donations to the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, a grant was given to Central Middle School to purchase adaptive physical education equipment to address specific goals by staff for their students with autism.

Teachers Kim Ahlgren and Kim Henry share the ways students are feeling successful and learning critical communication skills as a result of donations and grants.

Posted on November 12th, 2015

How to Complete the Great Ideas Grant Application

​Perhaps you’ve already heard, but the Great Ideas Grant (GIG) Application is NOW OPEN! For those of you planning to apply for this wonderful funding opportunity, here are some key components of the application you will want to know:

The GIG Application cannot be saved while it is in-process. For this reason, we strongly encourage all applicants to pre-write their proposals and only begin the official online application once you are fully ready to submit. If you have pre-written your proposal, answering all the questions and inputting all your grant application specifics will take about 20 minutes. If your proposal requires any addendums, please email those directly to allison.lawrence@edmondschools.net.

SECTION ONE—APPROVAL STATEMENT
 In order to proceed with the GIG Application, you must “AGREE” to a statement that you understand and have read the GIG guidelines and allows EPSF to utilize your grant application in the future for promotions or trainings.

SECTION TWO—CONTACT INFORMATION
In this section you will enter your personal and school contact information.

SECTION THREE—GRANT APPLICATION
In this section you will have the opportunity to tell us about your grant proposal. Is it Individual or Collaborative? What is the timeline of implementation? Which Annual Operating Goal outlined by the Board of Education does your proposal address? Not sure what those are—just click here.

This is also the section in which you will enter your budget information—be sure to DOUBLE-CHECK your math!

The final questions of this section are the essays in which you tell us about the existing need and how your request will address that need. The questions are below:
 
ESSAY #1: 1) Why is the grant/project important? 2) How will the grant/project promote effective learning? 3) How will the grant/project benefit students?

ESSAY #2: Give detailed explanation of the activities the students will engage in using the requested resources.

ESSAY #3: Clearly describe how you will measure the success of this grant/project.

SECTION FOUR—FINALIZATION STATEMENT
Are you ready to submit? We sure hope so!
 
As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any additional questions. EPSF will hold a special Grant Writing Workshop on Tuesday, November 17, 4:30 PM at EPSAC's Oklahoma Conference Rooms (RSVP to Allison.Lawrence@edmondschools.net).

Best of luck!
Allison