Olathe Public Schools Foundation News Releases

This fall, the Olathe School District opened the state-of-the-art Olathe Advanced Technical Center (OATC). This center houses the Welding Technology, Automotive Collision, and Automotive Technology programs. The Construction Trades program is located nearby at Olathe North High School. OATC has deep roots educating Olathe students and adults that trace back to the early 1960s. One of the most influential individuals guiding this program was Robert “Bob” Stinson.

The Olathe Public Schools Foundation is once again offering Major Saver cards for sale through the Olathe elementary schools.  Students received sales packets in late January and were returned in February. Proceeds from the sale of Major Saver cards directly support the participating schools and the activities of the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.  This year, the Foundation and schools raised a record $153,577 through the sale of the Major Saver cards. 

On Monday, February 24, 2014 something special took place at Olathe North High School. A member of the Olathe High School 1956 graduating class, Jim Kean came back home from Colorado to start a fund in honor of a man who has made a significant impact on his life. Kean and his family presented a $150,000 gift to the Olathe Public Schools Foundation to launch the Ralph Dennis Legacy Fund at a dinner in Ralph Dennis’ honor. Their gift creates an endowment that will provide support for the Olathe North men’s and women’s basketball programs for years to come.

 (Olathe, KS)   The Olathe Public Schools Foundation and the Olathe School District are pleased to announce the return of Rachel’s Challenge, a district-wide initiative that reaches 14,000 students in 5th grade, middle school, and high school.  This initiative will run the week of September 16-20 with a summit that includes Friends of Rachel (F.O.R.) Leadership Clubs.  Motivational assemblies and evening community events will also be presented during that week.

(Olathe, KS) The Olathe Public Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Olathe resident Brian Hamilton as president of the OPSF Board of Directors. In addition, the board elected one new board member and accepted the appointment of two ex-officio members.

This August, the Olathe Public Schools Foundation will be providing the most vulnerable students in our district with 1,200 backpacks. Please join us in donating school supplies to help our students in need.

You are invited to a Keller Williams Shredding Event to benefit the Olathe Public Schools Foundation School Nurses Wish List fund on Thursday, December 13th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Keller Williams office located at 13671 Mur-Len Road.

The event is open to the public and donations for this service to you will help purchase items for Olathe school nurses such as healthy snacks for hungry students, a change of clothes for students who become ill at school, or perhaps mittens, shoes or hats for a student in need.

The Olathe Public Schools Foundation provided a grant to purchase an adult-sized tricycle for the Lifeskills 2 classroom which serves students with intensive special needs and so far the outcome has been very successful!  Since receiving the tricycle last spring grant author and special education teacher Jaimie Swindler , has worked with her colleagues to document progress. Classroom teachers and paraprofessionals have seen a marked improvement in students’ endurance and stamina as well as growth in their communication and social skills.

Olathe, KS. – Elementary students across the district have been recording their acts of kindness in record numbers. In a follow-up activity to the Foundation-funded Rachel’s Challenge assemblies for middle and high school students, elementary students in grades K-5 are starting their own chain reaction of kindness.

The Olathe Public Schools Foundation is bringing Rachel’s Challenge to every middle and high school in the district, funded by a grant to Olathe Public Schools. This is the first district-wide initiative funded by the foundation. The Rachel’s Challenge program promotes kindness and compassion as a way of preventing bullying in schools.