What We Do

History

OUPSF was originally known as Orange Education Fund (OEF) in 1995, its founding year. Members raised $50,000 to $75,000 annually to fund a wide range of supplies and materials for children, such as playground benches and library bookcases.

Throughout the years, the organization became less active while the need for funds remained. OEF was later renamed OUPSF after the steering committee revived the concept and relaunched the foundation to serve students, educators, and schools in the present.

Teacher and Classroom Grants

Building off of our rich history of funding grants, we recognize that educators are our ultimate changemakers, and we want to partner with them as they invest in our children’s growth.

We are thrilled to announce that for 2023/2024 over $50k in grants has been awarded across 31 schools, benefiting nearly 70 teachers and staff members. In the near future, these grants will positively thousands of students, while also benefiting countless others in the long run.

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Congrats to 2024 Grant Winners

VAPA: Edward Corbett, Villa Park High School

The orchestra has had an amazing year so far. We have new instruments, however we need more strings for those instruments. It is one of the high hidden costs of an orchestra program as strings get old, break, and lose good tone. Sets of strings will help students with the current need for new strings. This will provide a whole class set.

Lisa Leon, Olive Elementary

We would like to have a large AVID mural (as we are an AVID Showcase site) painted on our wall at the corner of Buena Vista and Olive Road (student pick up/drop off)

Curricular or Extracurricular focus – McCormick, McPherson Elementary

Explorer! Inquiring! Creative! These are attributes I strive to teach my kindergarteners. By providing STEAM Powered Brain Boxes, I give them opportunities to experience the world of kinder through hands on activities.
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I teach kindergarten at McPherson Magnet. This is my first year back after raising 3 children and I’m interested in developing STEAM Powered Brain Boxes for my students. STEAM Powered Brain Boxes are individual or shared boxes with science, technology, engineering, art or math based manipulatives inside. (see budget for potential items) I will use these boxes with early finishers, during centers, for morning work, as incentives, for fine motor practice, and as team building experiences. In addition to the boxes, I will have task cards which can be used with most bins (some math and art bins will have separate task cards). These task cards will have pictures and/or instructions of something to create.

I’m excited about these boxes for many reasons! They will provide experiences for kinesthetic, visual, logical/analytical, social, and solitary learners. Also, students who struggle in other areas may feel successful using the bins. Depending on their background, some children have not had opportunities to explore with various hands on manipulatives! What an exciting time for them to touch, see, move, think and crate with these boxes. By creating these boxes and space my students will be problem solvers, understand properties of objects, be creative, keep trying when something fails, use measurement, work together and have self discipline. This will provide an excellent foundation for the rigorous curriculum at McPherson Magnet.

Mental Health & Wellness – Fletcher Elementary

A safe play environment enhances learning, prevents bullying and school injuries and promotes positive Social Interactions on the playground. I am excited about the prospect of creating a designated play space on the blacktop that encourages students to engage in unstructured play without relying on traditional playground equipment.
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I believe it will provide an enriching environment for our students to play freely and enjoy physical activity without the constraints of equipment. Recess games without equipment offer various benefits. They promote inclusivity, as all students can participate. Additionally, equipment-free games often require minimal setup, allowing for more playtime and less time spent on organizing. Overall, they contribute to a more accessible, engaging, and inclusive recess experience.

I would like to purchase three stenciled games for our primary playground for all students to use.

Strings For Students Grants

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

El Modena High School

We are proud to announce our contribution to El Modena High School’s music program. A substantial grant of $10,693 has been provided to Mr. Derrick Nuño, facilitating the acquisition of 26 new stringed instruments!

Cerro Villa Middle School

OUPSF contributed $3,565 to Cerro Villa Middle School, enabling them to acquire 6 new violins for their music program. These instruments replace decades-old ones, ensuring our students enjoy enhanced musical experiences for years to come.

Sports Programs

OUPSF is dedicated to nurturing athletic growth as another way to equip students for success.

El Modena High School

Our inaugural OUPSF high school sports camp was a success! Partnering with OUSD High Sports Programs, we were excited to donate $4,000 to the Orange High Boys and Girls Wrestling team. Coach Hawkins and the wrestling program orchestrated a camp that introduced the sport to our local elementary and middle school students. This generous donation will aid the wrestling program in acquiring new mats.

Cerro Villa Middle School

OUPSF proudly supported the El Modena High School Boys & Girls Soccer Camp, held at Fred Kelly Stadium on November 17th, 2023. The camp attracted 38 middle school participants from McPherson and Santiago, both feeder schools to El Modena. The camp served as an excellent introduction for future El Modena student-athletes as it was run by coaches and athletes from both girls’ and boys’ teams. In addition, OUPSF proudly presented a check to El Modena High School Soccer for $4,000!

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