It took more than 25 years, but the Oxford School District now has its own foundation. At Monday’s school board meeting, the president of what was once called the Oxford Endowment for Public Education (OEPE) unveiled the organization’s new name — Oxford School District Foundation (OSDF).
“This change better reflects who we are. We are a group of local families, businesses and individuals enhancing classroom education throughout the Oxford School District. The new name also speaks to our vision for the future — to become a more robust fundraising organization capable of giving our top-notch teachers the extra resources they need to provide all students with exceptional learning opportunities,” said Meridith Wulff, OSDF president.
Over the years the organization has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to local teachers for everything from Lego robots to math manipulatives, from physics vacuum pumps to pottery kilns. Grants have been awarded to teachers in every subject at every school at one time or another.
This year’s grant applications are due from teachers on March 3, and the membership chair for OSDF says joining now will mean the organization can give out more money right away.
“Memberships are our sole source of funding for our grants and 100 percent of those membership dollars are awarded into our classrooms. Our yearly membership has averaged around 120 dedicated individuals, families and businesses supporting these grants and we know there is room to grow,” said Allyson Best.
Wulff says the goal for this year is to double the membership. To find out how to join, you can visit the OSDF page on the school district website, or find the organization on Facebook. Best promises your membership dollars won’t be wasted.
“We are fortunate to have one of the best school districts in the state, and we hope to play our part in their continued success.”