Posted on July 31st, 2019

Student Ambassadors will represent the Edmond Public Schools Foundation and work to increase and enhance community awareness of the Foundation in the community and their school. Ambassadors have the opportunity to develop leadership and volunteer skills, as well as utilize their talents to build a professional network.

Opportunities to build skills  include:  social media promotion, fundraising, graphic design, public speaking, photography, video creation and editing, event planning, community outreach, network building and collaboration.

Tasks:
-In conjunction with the Board member representative for their school, represent the Foundation at school activities
-Join at least one committee
-Engage with Edmond Public Schools on social media platforms
-Assist with fundraising events
-Work as a group to host at least one fundraising event that involves the student population
-Assist with office tasks as needed (i.e. mailings, etc.)
-Attend the monthly Student Ambassador meeting
-Attend one Edmond Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

Members:
Students must be entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year and provide a recommendation letter from a school representative or anther nonprofit where they have demonstrated leadership in volunteerism.  

Submit your application HERE

Deadline September 15, 2019.

Posted on July 30th, 2019

Job Location: Edmond, Oklahoma, United States
Reports To:  Executive Director
Hours:  15-20 hours per week with flexibility in scheduling
 
Job Description:

Edmond Public Schools Foundation (EPSF) seeks an enthusiastic, self-motivated and creative intern to support and grow our social media and marketing efforts. This position offers a unique opportunity to quickly gain knowledge and experience on the day-to-day efforts necessary to help non-profit organizations with their public relations, marketing, and event initiatives. The intern will work directly with the Executive Director, committee volunteers and occasionally interface with teachers and students. Those with strong writing skills, an interest in public relations, marketing and event planning and the nonprofit profession are particularly encouraged to apply.   Interns will:
  • Assist in creating a communications plan
  • Create a social media and communications calendar
  • Create social media content across platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube) and increase engagement
  • Create monthly communications engagement reports
  • Utilize HootSuite to schedule various posts
  • Create monthly newsletter to various stakeholder groups
  • Update distribution lists in MailChimp
  • Work with the Executive Director on special event marketing and promotional materials
  • Attend committee meetings
  • Occasionally update the web site
  • Update blogs and procure monthly guest bloggers
  • Assist with creating slideshows and videos
  • Collect impact stories to be utilized across all marketing platforms
  • Write donor and volunteer spotlights
  • Write press releases as needed
  • Other duties, as assigned
Job Requirements:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong social media proficiency with the ability to analyze social media data and impact
  • Excellent organization
  • Creative thinker and problem solver
  • Willingness to be flexible
  • Strong computer and internet skills; knowledge of and enthusiasm for web-based applications
  • High energy; commitment to the education and nonprofit professions
  • Ability to multitask, handle details, and work independently
Salary:
  • This is an unpaid internship
  • This position will offer students the opportunity to build their marketing and communications portfolio while bringing their classroom knowledge into a professional working environment
  • Interns will also have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the nonprofit sector
  • School credit must be arranged with your school
How to Apply:  Send your resume to [email protected]
Deadline:  Applications accepted throughout the year

Posted on July 23rd, 2019



Posted on June 12th, 2019

June Smith passed from this earth on June 10, 2019 after having lived 94 full years of life. Throughout her lifetime, education was something that she held in high regard - for herself and others. Her father had graduated from the Oklahoma Normal School (now UCO) with a teaching license around 1910 and taught public school briefly near Comanche, OK. June followed the teaching path as well and received a degree in Business Education from the University of Oklahoma in the 1940s. 

However, after moving to Edmond with her husband and daughter in 1961, she realized that elementary education would be her calling. She became re-certified through Central State and received her master’s in Elementary Education from there as well. June spent twenty-one wonderful years teaching first grade at Orvis Risner Elementary from 1967-1987. She adored her time there and always spoke highly of her colleagues and administration. Her students were always held to very high standards and treated with the utmost respect. For June, teaching a child to read was one of life’s greatest thrills and she often reflected on how her classes grew to be a big “family” throughout the school year. 

In addition to being a caring and impactful teacher, she was also somewhat of a renegade for her time by becoming the first female teacher in Edmond to wear pants to work. It was obvious to her that teaching first grade required a bit more flexibility with one’s wardrobe! She also strongly advocated for the use of phonics and even at the end of her life, she loved to remind us that “when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking."  

Lastly, June recognized the great legacy held by Edmond Public Schools as one of the finest districts in the state and a consistent recipient for many national recognitions of excellence. She was always an advocate for the needs of students and teachers and even maintained interest and passion during the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout in 2018. It would be an honor to her memory to have donations made toward the Edmond Public Schools Foundation.


Posted on April 12th, 2019

“The Edmond Public Schools Board of Directors is excited to welcome Deanna Boston to our organization.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and nonprofit experience that will benefit the board and in turn Edmond Public Schools.  “Deanna is passionate about public education and looks forward to building partnerships with members of the Edmond community.  We all realize that our school district is an integral part of our community – with Deanna on board, we hope to build and grow the impact the Edmond Public Schools Foundation will have on our faculty and student body!” 
- Cole Stanley, Edmond Public Schools Foundation Board President.

 
Dear Friends of Edmond,

I remember my teacher in 7th grade, Mrs. Randall, who recognized my interest in photography.  Not only did she recruit me for the yearbook, she made sure we had the equipment and supplies we needed to develop the photos in the darkroom (obviously before digital photography).  Although I am not a professional photographer, I still have that passion for photography today, but even more, I remember how she took an interest in me and helped me develop self-esteem and work ethic.

"The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln

Teachers help lead our children towards their future. It is only right that we provide teachers with the tools they need to lead and inspire our Edmond Public School students as they create the path to their futures, develop self-esteem and establish work ethic.

I am passionate about education and I feel privileged to utilize my nonprofit experience in the community I have called home for fourteen years. My story about how we landed in Edmond is not unique.  When moving back to the metro from Tulsa, my husband and I knew we wanted to live in Edmond because of the excellent schools and supportive community. My son attends Edmond Public Schools and will be a freshman next year. I have worked closely with his teachers throughout the years to get the supplies they needed, including writing grants to corporations to fund STEAM projects. I am honored to have the opportunity to do the same for all of the teachers in Edmond Public Schools.

I am excited to work with each of you as EPSF works to connect the community and its resources with Edmond Public Schools.  My first day was last Friday, where I attended the Hall of Fame event.  It was inspiring to meet so many people who support our schools and truly want to make a difference.  

The next big event that will bring support to our schools is the Red Day Run.  You can find more information below and register at this link.

To all of you I have met so far, thank you for welcoming me!  

Deanna Boston

Professional Biography

Deanna has twenty years experience as a professional in the nonprofit sector and has worked as an Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Community Relations Director and consultant.

Deanna has a Master’s in Nonprofit Management, is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and has additional nonprofit training from numerous institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, Lilly School of Philanthropy and BoardSource. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, an honor society dedicated to service to others and a graduate of Leadership Tulsa. When working on her master’s degree, her research on telephone solicitations laws in all fifty states led to changes in Oklahoma nonprofit laws through the Oklahoma Charitable Solicitations Act.

As Executive Director and COO of Revitalize T-Town, she worked with the board to establish policies and procedures, helped grow the staff from one to seven employees and managed hundreds of volunteers. She helped lead Revitalize T-Town to 2351% growth in revenue over 17 years, which resulted in a 1108% increase in low-income homeowners living in safe and healthy homes. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, she managed several special events, as well as initiated and managed a weekly news series, “Kelly’s Kids,” on KWTV in Oklahoma City, which strategically targeted recruiting big brothers for boys who had waited over a year for a match.

She has shared her nonprofit knowledge and passion as a consultant in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Alabama and Washington D.C., where she used her skills in Organizational Analysis, Advancing the Small Nonprofit Organization, Grant Readiness and Research, Planning and Writing Successful Proposals, Board Roles and Responsibilities, Strategic Planning, Outcome Measurement, Public Relations, Special Events and Volunteerism.





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