The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2013

March 2, 2013

A foundation for learning

Groups supplement funding to meet needs in classrooms

Public school foundations exist to assist schools with extra funding in the classroom.


Enid Public School Foundation has been financially assisting Enid’s public schools since the 1980s.

“Our mission is to provide support for public education,” said Jennifer Fields, executive director of Enid Public School Foundation. “What we mainly do is fundraise to fund our Grants for Teachers program and to fund teacher scholarships for those who want to further their endeavors.”

Twice each year, Enid Public Schools’ teachers have the opportunity to apply for grants to fund projects or educational materials that will benefit students. An anonymous grant committee reviews the requests without knowledge of the names of the teachers who applied. The committee chooses which grants to fund based on project or materials requested.

“Last semester we considered 97 grants and we selected 32 for funding, totaling over $12,000,” said Fields.

“The grants are important to the teachers because they fund innovative and creative projects for the classrooms. It’s additional materials that the teachers get to incorporate into their classrooms.”

While the grants aim to enhance the classroom experience, Enid Public School Foundation’s teacher scholarships enhance the knowledge and ability of the educators by helping them further their own education.

“I think the scholarships are important for the teachers to help them financially. More education for the teachers can always benefit the students of Enid Public Schools,” Fields said

Enid Public School Foundation hosts two fundraising events each year.

“In the fall we have the Hall of Fame Banquet where we induct two people from the Enid community or Enid alumni who have given back to Enid Public Schools.”

Each spring, Enid Public School Foundation hosts The E’Vent, a fundraiser at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

“It showcases Enid school musical talents,” said Fields.

Enid Public Schools’ musicians and groups such as choruses or jazz bands perform while patrons of the event pay $5 for entertainment and a box dinner.

“Last year it was a huge success,” said Fields.

Enid Public School Foundation also hosts a sponsorship drive each fall.

“The community has always been so good to support and help us. We couldn’t do it without the community support,” said Fields.

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