Irving 5th Graders Travel the World

After viewing over 40 images of famous architecture from around the world students at Irving had the chance to recreate their favorites, thanks to Architecture Adventure. Working in small groups, the 5th graders used recycled and found objects to create structures including the Taj Mahal (India), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany) Falling Water (Pennsylvania), Petronas Towers (Malaysia) […]

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Drenched in Fun at the 2017 Open House

A rainstorm the morning of November 4 put a slight damper on the  attendance at our first Open House in two years, but everyone had a great time, and stayed fully engaged in the activities. Here are some highlights of what we did: Architecture Adventure encouraged kids to recreate architectural landmarks on a light table. […]

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Your Clutter Is Needed!

What does it take to have a fun, educational summer? Apparently it takes 35 empty 2-liter soda bottles, golf balls, CDs, a ton of newspaper, broken chairs and a bunch of other random items! These are just some of the hundreds of items on Base Camp’s wish list of supplies. To you, they’re just clutter, […]

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Whittier 3rd graders move the world with simple machines

How do you get a room full of third graders to stay interested as the school year winds down? Bring them some Legos and show them how they use simple machines in every day life. Working in groups of two the nineteen students in Ms. Swanson’s third grade classroom built and experimented with OPEF’s Lego […]

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Mini-explosions catalyze student fascination with chemistry during Science Alliance field trip

What do hydrogen peroxide, gummy bears, glycerol, Mentos and household insulation all have in common? They were all part of a chemistry extravaganza enjoyed by fourth graders at Whittier Elementary School–the culmination of an Science Alliance residency sponsored by the Oak Park Education Foundation and taught by volunteer scientist Dr. Brent Friesen, a chemistry professor at Dominican […]

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New Director of Communications joins team

Marta Segal Block, an experienced communications specialist and longtime Oak Parker, has joined the team at the Oak Park Education Foundation as its new Director of Communications. “A former teacher, Marta brings to us a great enthusiasm for our work and our mission,” said Tracy Dell’Angela Barber, OPEF’s Executive Director. “She’s a savvy writer with a keen […]

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‘Respect the Mic’ event honors middle school student voice

Fifteen Oak Park middle schoolers shared their intimate and humorous perspectives on a range of subjects– school, friends, relationships, rejection, adult authority, political upheaval and gun violence–in a moving night of poetry performances for the culmination of OPEF’s Spoken Word program.  Families, teachers, and supporters packed the performance space for the 2nd Annual “Respect the Mic” Poetry Slam […]

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Lincoln Gets Geared Up

¿Qué pasa in la clase de Señorita Bartell? Señorita Bartell’s Spanish Immersion classroom at Lincoln explored the concepts of wheels and axles – one of the simple machine units offered through the Oak Park Education Foundation’s Geared Up program. Geared Up provides Spanish language instruction booklets, and the various lessons on simple machines give the […]

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