Simple machines come alive in big way during field trip to OP Public Works

Lessons about simple machines came alive for more than 100 third graders from Holmes Elementary this week during a field trip to the Oak Park Public Works facility–the culmination of a Geared Up residency provided by OPEF. As a street sweeper rumbled to life, Geared Up Coordinator Gretchen Junker called out to the gathered students: “What […]

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National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month* is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.  The Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month […]

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Your opportunity to participate in an exciting community art project

OPEF is partnering with Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School and OPRF High School’s art teacher Tracy Van Duinen, a nationally renowned mosaic muralist to create a fanatic public art display. As part of OPEF’s Mosaic Mural Project BASE Camp,  students will create a colorful and informative 600-square foot mosaic mural  that will pay tribute poet Gwendolyn Brooks in […]

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2017 Staszak Gala a great party for a great cause

The 23rd annual Staszak Gala on March 18 was a great party and successfully raised funds for OPEF’s free in-school programs. This year’s gala took place at our gorgeous new venue, the Columbus Park Refectory. Many thanks to our fabulous attendees, sponsors, and donors for supporting this event and Oak Park public school kids. This […]

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Annual Staszak Gala on March 18: Save the Date!

On Saturday, March 18, at the Columbus Park Refectory, the Oak Park Education Foundation will host the William C. Staszak Annual Gala starting at 7 pm. Some highlights of the evening: LAUGH: The wonderfully funny Mark Bazer, syndicated columnist, host of “The Interview Show” and Oak Park dad, will be our emcee. LEARN: We will […]

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OPEF Board selects Tracy Dell’Angela Barber as new Executive Director

On January 18, the Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF) Board of Directors approved the hiring of Tracy Dell’Angela Barber as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Tracy will be assuming her role on February 1, replacing OPEF’s long-time Executive Director, Deb Abrahamson, who retired last December. “We’re really excited about having Tracy join OPEF. Throughout the […]

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Big turnout for Maker Day 2017 on MLK Day

We had a big turnout for Maker Day 2017 on MLK Day with more than 200 kids participating! From the intricate mosaic pieces to the Arduino zoetropes, to the spontaneous Extended Camp cardboard marble runs (and more!), your kids brought so much energy and creativity to the day. Special thanks to all of the educators, youth, […]

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Sign up for summer 2017 BASE Camp updates

By the week of January 30th, we’ll be able to give you all the details about the 2017 BASE Camp schedule for 2017 (June 19-July 14, 2017 — no camp July 4). Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest news and updates. As you know, BASE Camp offers exceptional summer and […]

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