Olathe Public Schools Foundation News Releases

Thanks to amazing community support, last week the Olathe Public Schools Foundation filled and distributed over 2,200 backpacks filled with school supplies to Olathe students. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to sort, count, haul, fill and deliver school supplies. Thank you also to everyone who donated supplies or money to purchase supplies.

Together with community partners, the Olathe Public Schools Foundation helped welcome almost 300 new educators to Olathe with a Taste of Olathe reception at the KC Wine Co. New educators enjoyed a sampling of food from many Olathe restaurants, were welcomed by community leaders, and met other new educators.

This fall the Olathe Public Schools will help ensure that over 400 of  our district's most vulnerable students have what they need to start school. The Back to School Community Outreach event in early August will provide students with practical needs like school supplies and pillows. Equally important, the event helps students experience the same back to school excitement as their peers. 

Spending a steamy day on the links last week, more than 270 local golfers raised over $129,000 to directly benefit Olathe students and teachers as part of the 22nd Annual Olathe Public Schools Foundation Golf Classic. The Foundation partnered with Olathe Health to present the tournament and fund classroom grants and student mental health and wellness programs with the proceeds. 

Santa Fe Trail Middle School and Washington Elementary School Social Worker Jennifer Slaven would like to provide students at her schools with emotional support through the addition of a therapy dog. Therapy dogs are not a new concept. Research over the past 10 years shows that therapy dogs can have a variety of benefits to students and teachers.

UPDATE: Thanks to generous donations and the MUFFIN Fund match, this Fund-a-Need is fully-funded.

Green Springs Elementary is working to prepare students for 21st Century jobs with a new innovation center designed to foster innovation and creativity. The renovated classroom space lets Gator Innovators explore a variety of open-ended materials, try endless possibilities, and imagine and design their own creations.

On April 24, over 150 amazing women gathered and heard presentations on three innovative programs impacting Olathe students.  After discussing each proposal, the Women's Giving Circle attendees voted for their favorite and awarded a $15,000 grant to fund the project.

Wham! Bam! Zip, Zing, Zoom! Students and families at Central Elementary got to realize a dream come true when they met a real-life author - James Burks. Mr. Burks, an author and illustrator, spent a full day inspiring students and families at Central Elementary.

We regularly think about the importance of supporting children’s physical health. We remind them to eat fruits and vegetables, to exercise and to get enough sleep. Ensuring children’s mental health is just as important. Mental health includes a person’s emotional, psychological and social well-being. Our mental health affects how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.