Foundation Focus - Winter 2015 - Millard Public Schools Foundation

Winter 2015
Non-Profit Org.
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Millard Public Schools Foundation
5225 S.159th Ave.
Omaha, NE 68135
Omaha, NE
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A publication of the Millard Public Schools Foundation
The school year is off to a great start, and we are thankful for many things.
We are thankful for a dedicated board of directors who offer their time, talent and
treasure to make our Foundation one of the best in Omaha. Board members are
diligent about meetings and serving on committees that help determine the
direction of the Foundation, including specific grants, scholarships, programs and recognition events. We are thankful for our dedicated Early Childhood and Kids Network staff who care for over 2,500 children each and
every day. They offer learning activities as well as fun and recreational activities for children in preschool - 5th grade. They bridge the gap for parents and provide a safe and caring environment for these children.
We are thankful for a dedicated Foundation staff that helps to coordinate the programs and grants that are a big part
of the Foundation mission. The Foundation staff is here to serve and do so with smiles and enthusiasm. Did you recently move?
If so, let us know and we will update our databases
accordingly. Let us know by sending an email to
[email protected] or calling (402) 991-6710.
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We can help you by sending a reunion planning packet,
posting information about your reunion on our website and
providing a list of addresses for your classmates. For more
information, contact the office at [email protected]
or call (402) 991-6710.
We are thankful for a generous Omaha community. The Millard staff has responded once again with a record
donation total that will support many valuable grants and programs. The Millard Public Schools staff is as giving
as they are talented.
Thank you and please join us in our mission to “guarantee sustainable resources for Millard Public Schools.” We need your help!
-Visit our website to learn about our programs
-Join Mustang, Patriot or Wildcat Nation today
-Donate to help us continue our work in the Millard community
Make sure to visit our website at for
Foundation updates.
The Millard Public Schools
Foundation Mission
The Millard Public Schools Foundation will further
the Millard Public Schools’ mission by guaranteeing
sustainable resources and supporting the community we
Board of Directors
Ben Miller
Brad Burwell, President
John Oakey
Dave Zauha, President-Elect
Mike Pate
Rebecca Kleeman, Secretary
Heidi Penke
Stacy Jolley, Treasurer
Matt Rehberg
Anne Burnett, Immediate Past President
Paul Schulte
Paulette Hammerstrom
April Strong
Katie Henry
Jim Sutfin
Deanna Marcelino
Erin Swanson Russell
Foundation Focus is Retiring!
The Spring 2016 issue will be our last newsletter. We are excited to
announce we will now communicate all news and information digitally.
Please make sure we have your current email so we can continue to share
the great news that is happening at the Millard Foundation and our district.
BIG IDEAS Extraordinary Results
Send your contact information and email to [email protected]
Kids Network
Kids Network is thankful for the opportunity to benefit children of the
Millard community through our partnership with Project Wee Care.
During the month of November all 25 Kids Network locations are
collecting school supply donations.
Project Wee Care will distribute donations to children in our community
in December. We are thankful to the families and employees that help
make our partnership with Project Wee Care a success in directly helping
those in our community.
Early Childhood Education Center
October was Fire Prevention & Safety Month! What better way to
learn about fire safety then to have our community firefighters come
out and teach the children about fire prevention and safety.
The Millard Public Schools Foundation Early Childhood Education
Center is so thankful that our local fire department was able to take
time out of their busy schedule to spend a morning with us. The
children learned about what to do in case of a fire, how to talk to
mom and dad about a fire safety plan and watched the firefighters
as they put on their full fire gear. However, the best part of the
presentation was when all the children were able to go outside and
see the big red fire truck up close and they even got a chance to sit
in the fire truck. Thank you again to Fire Station #63!
Seeking Hall of Fame Nominations
Every year the Millard Public Schools Foundation recognizes
the dedication of Millard alumni, staff,
volunteers & community boosters at our Hall of Fame banquet.
This year the Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Friday, May
13 at the Embassy Suites La Vista.
Please help us induct this year’s distinguished members by
nominating a deserving person. The categories and forms can
be found on our website
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees. Back row left to right: Samantha Schuett, Cindy Kraft
Chevalier on behalf of Don Kraft, Duncan Young, Ryan Junge. Front row left to right:
Ron Park, Bonnie Kolowski, Bill Lind, Dr. Lynn DiDonato Canavan, John Carroll, Jr. on
behalf of John Carroll.
State and local funding just doesn’t cover the cost of our exceptional education in Millard. That is why we
need your help. The Millard Public Schools Foundation funds programs like:
•School Site Plan Grants that underwrite programs decided by teachers, administrators and parents in
order to match each schools’ strategic objectives; approximately 11,000 elementary students impacted.
•Tutoring and small group instruction at 25 elementary and 6 middle schools.
•Scholarships to graduating seniors; 117 scholarships in 2014 were awarded totaling over $100,000.
•Technology in the classroom: 2,500 iPads purchased for all 482 elementary classrooms in the District.
•Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) scholarships for exams; over 3,600 exams
•Career Academies that give students a head start in earning college credit toward a career.
You know that extraordinary education is not the work of ordinary effort. Please consider a gift to the
Millard Public Schools Foundation to help the children in our district succeed.
Please use the envelope enclosed in your newsletter to make your gift today.
Millard Nation
Millard Nation is where you will find information and open doors to connecting with Alumni and supporters.
Join the Mustang, Patriot or Wildcat Nation. The Nation will serve as a hub for all activities. Here you will find
news articles about your fellow alumni and supporters, as well as information about upcoming Nation events.
We invite you to join our community by completing the “join” section at
We ask that you keep information up-to-date and remain active in our Nation.
Thank you for your support, we look forward to building a vibrant Nation.
Would you like more information on the programs we support?
Check our websites listed below for additional information.
Kids Network
Early Childhood Education Center
Millard Nation