Join us on Tuesday, April 25th Spoken Word club members from Gwendolyn Brooks and Percy Julian Middle Schools gather on stage. 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 judges. This exciting night will be emceed by talented […]
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 […]
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 […]
It was an exciting day last Saturday as 38 middle school robotics teams converged on Julian Middle School to battle for a place at the IL MS VEX Robotics State Championship.
Looking for a great summer camp for your 1st-8th grader (as of Fall 2017)? We offer awesome camps right in your backyard! BASE Camp runs four weeks from June 19 to July 14 (no camp July 4). Choose from a wide selection of one-week and two-week morning, afternoon, and full-day camp sessions. Once you’ve reviewed the camp descriptions and narrowed down your selections, go to our registration website. What’s NEW this year? Our 25 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Check out OPEF’s new 2015-2016 annual report and see why we are celebrating another successful year of implementing hands-on, curriculum-enriching programs for the children of District 97 public schools! OPEF is a privately funded nonprofit that receives no tax dollars. Please donate today!
To my friends in our community: As many of you know, I’ll be retiring as Oak Park Education Foundation Executive Director at the end of December. I’m writing to say a heartfelt thank you for nearly 20 years of friendship, partnership, and support. But first I want to let you know that the OPEF Board […]
Both Brooks and Julian had a very busy weekend in an exciting start to our Competition Season! Brooks Competitive Club hosted a scrimmage for a few local teams in their Robotics lab. This afforded Brooks an opportunity to test the effectiveness of their robots and experience the challenge of problem-solving under pressure. The robots performed very […]