What is the Oldham County Educational Foundation?

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By The Staff

The Oldham County Educational Foundation was formed through a cooperative effort of the Oldham County Board of Education and the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce in 1989.Our mission is “to foster business and community support for the public schools in Oldham County by promoting a high level of community knowledge, involvement and support of public education and directing contributed funds into programs to improve education for Oldham County Schools.”Simply put, we are here to provide monetary support for educational programs not fully funded through the district budget.When we first began we provided funding to assist the district’s efforts to provide state of the art computer and technology equipment for Oldham County students. Since 1990 we have sponsored the Pyramid Awards, competitive grants to teachers to assist with providing innovative, engaging curricular projects. We have awarded more than $145,000 in support of 315 teacher awards towards this mission. This year’s grant recipients will be announced in April at our annual Pyramid Awards dinner. In November 2001, the Oldham County Board of Education purchased the former Crestwood Baptist Church on Floydsburg Road in Crestwood for the purpose of developing the Oldham County Schools Arts Center. OCEF is proud to have led the fund-raising effort for the Arts Center during its first few years of existence. The arts center provides a full menu of arts and educational programming for both our schools and the community. This year OCEF is sponsoring the upcoming Harry Pickens Trio concert at 4 p.m. Sunday. Our board is made up of community leaders who cover a broad spectrum of professional and volunteer roles in our area. They include those who both work and live in the Oldham County area. The board of directors of OCEF is currently reviewing its strategic direction and is working to develop a long range plan. This effort will allow the foundation to increase its annual financial support for a variety of learning opportunities across the school district.In the coming months we will begin our nominating process. If you are interested in serving on the OCEF board of directors, call Gayle Johnson at 241-3500.

Laurie Anne Roberts is the president of the Oldham County Educational Foundation. The views expressed in this column may not necessarily represent the views of The Oldham Era.