Connecting to art

[from the fall 2007 issue of OPEF’s newsletter, Take Note] Inspiration, innovation, creativity. Bringing art into the classroom adds these magic ingredients to make every academic subject come alive. That’s why we run Art Start, partnering sculptors, musicians, painters, storytellers and dancers with classroom teachers to help our youngest students experiment in the arts. The […]

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Architecture Adventure wins $10,000 visionary grant

The Oak Park Education Foundation is proud to be the August recipient of a $10,000 grant to expand Architecture Adventure into all ten Oak Park public schools. With the help of the Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest, we are inspiring the next generation of architects, citizens, designers and engineers. Community Bank received 87 […]

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VEX Robotics teams grow with Community Foundation Grant

OPEF is enhancing our popular VEX Robotics teams at both middle schools, thanks to a $4,000 grant awarded in September by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. The money will be used to add hardware and software to accommodate a total of 18 teams. Exciting new plans for the after-school clubs, open to all middle […]

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Art Start awarded two grants

Thanks to Target and the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Art Start launches its 11th year providing artists in residence in one grade in every Oak Park elementary school. The Oak Park Area Arts Council awarded Art Start a $2,500 grant, along with a letter of support saying: “The committee is always impressed with the […]

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Staszak Benefit features Peter Sagal, honors Susan Bridge

It was a sell-out event: The Oak Park Education Foundation’s 2007 William C. Staszak Award Dinner honoring Dr. Susan Bridge and featuring Peter Sagal. The April 14 event celebrates a community member who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to our children. Dr. Bridge, the retiring superintendent and principal of Oak Park & River Forest High School, […]

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Fly Bird student art auction benefits OPEF

The beautiful exhibit/auction of District 97 student bird paintings in the store windows of Fly Bird this May was our most successful ever! Customers admired and bid on the student works, with all proceeds benefiting the Oak Park Education Foundation. Bids started at just $10, with a “Buy It Now” option for just $30. Fly […]

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Oak Park Education Foundation expands Global Village*

“I love science now because of [our Global Village scientist]. I wish we had more time with him. I’d trade recess for more time with him.” “It’s so cool to actually have [a Global Village scientist] who does this with you. It opens new doors, new ideas. I might even want to do this — […]

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From the desk of the Longfellow 2nd graders

The Oak Park Education Foundation is honored to be chosen by the Longfellow 2nd graders to receive the $561 proceeds from their fundraiser. They sent us the following letter, signed by every student and teacher in the four 2nd grade classes: Dear Oak Park Education Foundation, We, the second grade classes, are happy to be […]

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VEX Robotics teams double in size

Last year 22 Oak Park students participated in this worldwide program; this year 55 kids are in on the excitement of this after-school club. Students are grouped into teams which design, build and program robots, and then compete with other teams of students in robot games. VEX Robotics unlocks the power of imagination while increasing […]

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Robots invade Wisconsin! Oak Park next!

Middle school students on VEX Robotics Teams traveled to Milwaukee on December 3 to observe the 2006 WIRED (Wisconsin Institute for Robotics in Education) Robotics Challenge, where more than 24 high school teams competed with robots they designed and built. Participating students learned robotics in a setting designed to make science, math and engineering as […]

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