Posted on March 13th, 2018

“We unequivocally support Edmond Public Schools teachers, support staff and administration.”
We support Edmond teachers as well as others across the state in their choice to take action if Oklahoma lawmakers do not take immediate steps to increase teacher pay to a regionally competitive amount and begin reversing the dismal funding for public education in general. 
Our board of directors and staff are made up of business leaders, parents and alumni.  We believe the success Edmond Public Schools experiences is because Edmond sees our school district as a source of great pride. For example, Edmond citizens have passed 58 bond elections since 1959 to make certain our children have the physical spaces they need to learn. 
It has been 10 years since Oklahoma teachers have been given a pay raise by the legislature. Although Edmond has prioritized teacher salaries and are $3,000 above the minimum state salary schedule, we are still $10,000-$15,000 below starting salaries offered in surrounding states.
Edmond alone will have approximately 300 positions needing to be filled for the 2018-2019 school year due to increased student enrollment, teachers retiring, teachers leaving Oklahoma, and teachers leaving the profession.  There will not be enough education graduates from Oklahoma colleges to begin to address the openings in school districts across the Oklahoma City metro area alone, much less the rest of the state.
Simply stated: This may be the year Edmond cannot hire enough teachers. If that is the case, class sizes will increase even more, quality of instruction will continue to erode, and programs will be in jeopardy.
Teachers are leaving Oklahoma and Edmond for positions in surrounding states or careers with better pay. A decade of lawmakers continuing to pass and fail specific senate and house bills that have deflated, demoralized and devalued the teaching profession, has resulted in Oklahoma leading the region with a 37 percent reduction in students even pursuing teaching careers. 
There is nothing sound about an economic development plan for Oklahoma that doesn’t include and prioritize a vibrant, well-funded and well-supported public education system for nearly 700,000 Oklahoma school-age children.
The mission of the Edmond Public Schools Foundation is to connect the community and its resources with Edmond Public Schools teacher, student and school needs in pursuit of the highest level of academic excellence.  We cannot fundraise Edmond out of this crisis, but we can raise our collective voices to encourage Edmond citizens to contact and visit their elected House and Senate representatives and urge them to keep our teachers in the classroom and in Oklahoma by immediately approving pay raises and creating a plan to increase funding to our schools.
Oklahoma’s most precious natural resource is our children.  The most critical component driving a student’s learning and success is a highly qualified, competent and caring teacher. We are short-changing our children, our economy and our future by inadequately funding our public schools.

Posted on February 28th, 2018

Let's go ONE EDMOND!

Employees all across Edmond Public Schools show their team approach by celebrating ONE Edmond on the second Monday of every month by wearing their shirts! Whether a Bulldog, Husky or Wolf, our kids are ALL Edmond kids, our teachers are ALL Edmond teachers and our schools are ALL Edmond schools! All proceeds benefits the Edmond Public Schools Foundation.

This is a fantastic looking shirt, 50/50, soft with tear away tags.  We sell them in adult sizes XS-2X.  Get yours today by following the link below!

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 or contact the Edmond Public Schools Foundation at (405) 340-2819.  

Posted on September 6th, 2016


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 [email protected]

 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.

In this section you will enter your personal and school contact information.

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.

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 [email protected]).

Best of luck!

by Allison B. Lawrence on October 30th, 2015

I want to apply for a Great Ideas Grant, but I've never written a grant!

The Edmond Public Schools Foundation awards tens of thousands of dollars each year to Edmond Educators who—you guessed it—have GREAT IDEAS about how to best engage their students. You can learn more about the Great Ideas Grant application and policies here.

Grant writing can seem intimidating, especially if you have never done it before. Fear not! Grant writing is actually very straight forward and often the most successful grants are the simplest. You are the educator—YOU are the expert in what your students need!

In order to demystify the process, I have provided a few grant writing tips to assist you in developing and writing your proposal. These basic principles can be applied to any grant, not just for the Foundation.

1) READ THE ENTIRE APPLICATION—As an educator, how often have you uttered these words to your students? Well, this golden rule applies here too. Be sure you read through the policies and instructions before you begin. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

2) START WITH THE NEED & MAKE THE CASE—How are your students, colleagues, administrators, community, etc. negatively affected by this unmet need?

3) MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE “ASK” AND THE “NEED”—Explain in plain language how your request (equipment, technology, curriculum, etc.) will assist in meeting the identified need?

4) STAY FOCUSED ON THE STUDENTS—Remember, you don’t need these resources, your students do! Framing your request is key. The evaluators need to feel the need and the connection.

5) COLLABORATE, COLLABORATE, COLLABORATE!—Who else at your school could benefit from the same resources? Could you share these between classrooms or even schools? Evaluators want the most “bang-for-their-buck” and sharing resources is a great way to stretch each Foundation dollar.

6) WHAT'S IN A NAME?—The Foundation received over 120 applications last year. You want your grant request to stand-out from the crowd, therefore spend time creating a memorable name and use clear anecdotes that present the need in plain language. Evaluators want to be energized by the applications. Get creative!



The Great Ideas Grant application is currently open through Friday, December 4, 2015. Grant applicants will have an opportunity to meet with EPSF Board members to discuss their requests after the application closes. During the review process, every application will be evaluated by 2 EPSF Board members and 2 Edmond Educators on a blind panel.

If you have any questions or would like additional assistance or resources in writing your grant request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best of luck through the writing process and I can’t wait to hear about your GREAT IDEAS!

*adapted from KB Konnected