OSAGE | The Osage Education Foundation is beginning its 21st year of partnership with Osage Community Schools.
The foundation has many opportunities for alumni and friends of the Osage Schools to support students’ learning throughout the year.
The foundation’s two biggest annual events are a newsletter featuring Osage graduates and hosting a Distinguished Alumni awards ceremony and reception.
In 2018, the foundation board changed the date and location of the Distinguished Alumni event to coincide with Osage’s Homecoming weekend. New and former Distinguished Alumni award winners were invited to ride in the homecoming parade and attend the football game where they were introduced to the crowd. The awards ceremony and reception were held at the historic Cedar Valley Seminary.
Due to the overwhelming success of the 2018 event, this year’s plans are to follow a similar format during Homecoming weekend on September 20 and 21. Outstanding alumni will be honored at the awards ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 21, which is also the annual Autumn Artistry event in Osage.
The foundation board encourages alumni and friends to spend time at Autumn Artistry before attending the Distinguished Alumni awards and reception at the seminary. The program will begin at 4 p.m. with the awards ceremony, followed by a meet and greet reception with light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
To nominate a deserving recipient for this award, go to the OEF website at https://sites.google.com/view/oefalumni. Nominations are due by March 1, 2019.
“The Spotlight,” OEF’s newsletter was mailed out in late December. An electronic format was also sent to those who provided emails to the foundation. For those who didn’t receive the newsletter, links are available on the foundation’s website and Facebook page. For those who wish to start receiving the newsletter, visit the foundation’s website and then add or update contact information.
The board of directors, under the leadership of President, Dr. Sarah Knudsen, meets monthly from September to June to plan activities and raise funds which foster the foundation’s mission “To encourage and enhance education in the Osage Schools.”
In support of the foundation’s mission, each year grants are awarded to teachers and staff for projects, equipment, etc. that cannot otherwise be funded through the school budget. The OEF Enhancement Fund is the resource for these grants.
All donations not specifically designated for one of the foundation’s other initiatives are placed in the Enhancement Fund. Over the years, the foundation has been able to award an average of $23,000-$25,000 each year in grants. An application process is used to determine grant recipients.
The foundation supports exciting and innovative ideas to reach and teach all students. Giving to the Enhancement Fund is an excellent way to support the people and projects that truly impact students on a daily basis.
OEF’s “On the Run for Education” road race will again be held on July 4, 2019. This is a chip-timed race. It has grown each year, with 134 participants in 2018. The race is also a fundraiser to allow for continued support of the foundation’s mission. The 5K race is for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.
Visit the foundation’s website and Facebook page to keep up with all of the exciting things happening in the school and community, as well as with Osage alumni.