The Oldham County Educational Foundation raises funds to elevate the public education experience for Oldham County Schools students. As a nonprofit, we do this through the support of individuals, businesses, charitable and civic organizations. Since 1989, OCEF has fostered business and community support for Oldham County Schools, the eighth-largest public school district in Kentucky. OCEF supports the educational mission of the Oldham County Board of Education by providing monetary support for program outside of the district's budget.
During 2014-15, OCEF's focus remained on five key initiatives: our Pyramid Awards for innovative classroom instruction, the OCS Arts Center, Gifted and Talented education services, literacy intervention and initiatives, and STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math).
The annual Pyramid Awards are a cornerstone of OCEF and fund innovative classroom instruction through grants to teachers. Through these awards, the Foundation has awarded more than $256,000 to more than 430 teachers since 1990.
OCEF's partnership with the Oldham County Schools Arts Center allows students to engage in a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in the performing arts, visual arts and music.
In 2014, with OCEF's support, the school district opened the OCS Engineering Academy, a Project Lead The Way-based program for high school students that provides project-based engineering instruction coupled with a math course each year.
Gifted and Talented Educational Services also receive support from OCEF, which allows for the expansion of programs for the approximately 600 students identified at gifted/talented. This includes funding for the Oldham County Summer Scholars program, Fit For Life summer physical education program, summer robotics camp, field trips and robotics clubs.
OCEF also sponsored a student showcase for OCS Arts Center performers and hosted our annual Drive a Ford fundraiser — with the largest attendance yet! Students also had opportunities to participate in the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens sculpture show and Project Graduation thanks to funding from OCEF.
OCEF's much-needed support fills in where the district's budget cannot, and provides an avenue for businesses and individuals to be engaged with their local school district. We are excited about the year ahead because we know OCEF can accomplish great things — but only with your help. Please consider volunteering with one of our committees or making a donation today. Help us elevate the educational experience in OCS!
Click here to view our 2014-15 Annual Report! It was an exciting year for the Oldham County Educational Foundation — with a renewed focus on fundraising efforts, we greatly increased the amount of support we were able to provide to Oldham County Schools. Our board of directors also dedicated countless hours to updating our strategic plan, including revising our vision and mission.