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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Register now for OPEF’s summer BASE Camp!

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 […]

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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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OPEF’s 2015-2016 annual report is out!

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!

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Goodbye from Deb Abrahamson

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 […]

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OPEF VEX competition season begins with a bang!

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 […]

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Welcome new VEX Robotics staff!

OPEF welcomes Kevin Berger, Kristi Braun, Steve Olson, and Griffin Waterman, to the VEX Robotics staff! “We’re so excited about the new staff joining VEX Robotics this year! They bring with them a wealth of expertise that will help us provide even more exciting experiences for our kids,” said Mary Beth Hausken, VEX Robotics Coordinator. […]

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