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.

In a significant milestone achieved during our inaugural year, we are delighted to announce the successful distribution of our first round of grants for 2022/2023!

A total of $44,050 has been awarded across 27 schools, benefiting 57 teachers and staff members. In the near future, these grants will positively impact over 18,000 students, while also benefiting countless others in the long run.

The grant application window for 2023/2024 is now open! Submissions are due March 1st, 2024. For more information please visit the link below.

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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