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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Science Alliance trip offers Irving students hands-on lessons in physics, anatomy

It was anything but a typical school day for a group of enthusiastic Irving Elementary students, who ventured to Rush University Medical Center this week to construct prosthetic hands and poke their fingers though the aorta of dissected sheep hearts. Susan Tresselt’s second graders and Lauren Kaunelis’ third graders, along with a group of parent chaperones, […]

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Art Start project links math concepts to art

Teaching artist Jonathan Franklin worked with students in Ms. Louthan’s second grade class at Beye Elementary School on an Art Start project linking math concepts to art.  Students learned the basics of fractals and Sierpinski Triangles to create landscapes, abstract designs and ‘pet’ cats & dogs! Who knew math could be so much fun.

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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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2017 Respect the Mic! Spoken Word clubs perform on April 25th at School of Rock

Join us on Tuesday, April 25th as Spoken Word club members from Gwendolyn Brooks and Percy Julian Middle Schools gather on stage to show off their poetry and writing skills. This stellar lineup of students will compete by performing original individual poems. The evening will also include bonus group piece performances and special guest performers and […]

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OPEF on the move in D97 classrooms!

We’ve had an exciting few months filled with dancing and yoga-loving teaching artists, creative scientists, and math-inspired visual artists visiting our schools and giving our kids hands-on projects and real-world learning experiences. Enjoy a few of the highlights! ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Beye Art Start Teaching Artist LeKeya Shearrill led Ms. Schweigert’s second graders at Beye in […]

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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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