Olathe Public Schools Foundation News Releases

Nearly 800 Olathe School District supporters came together Friday, November 2 to support the Olathe Public Schools Foundation at the Annual Autumn Breakfast. Breakfast attendees were entertained by Olathe South High School band students and the Madison Place Elementary Special Chorus.

The Olathe Public Schools Foundation Classroom Grant program changes schools for the better, one program at a time.

Great things really do happen when caring women gather! Septenmber 25 over 150 women participated in the fall 2018 gathering of the Olathe Public Schools Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle. The women heard presentations for three proposed grants to address a challenge or problem impacting student achievement.

 Dr. B's Musical Instrument Fund helps provide musical instruments for students for whom the cost of buying or renting an instrument is a challenge. Learn how you can support these students.


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.