Welcome to the OEF website where we hope to keep you up to date on our activities, whether it be our latest fundraising events or how your generosity is making a difference and enhancing education in Oakland. Our Annual Gala is our biggest event, but we fundraise year round to help alleviate the burden on taxpayers. Please join our email list and like us on Facebook to be kept current on our events and initiatives.
Who We Are
The Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that supports and enhances the education of the children in all four schools in our district. The OEF operates independently from the Board of Education and the Oakland School District, however, we consult with these boards when deciding which projects to support. Funding for the Foundation comes from families, local businesses, community organizations and concerned citizens who wish to support the tradition of educational excellence in Oakland.
Why Are We Necessary
Public education in New Jersey has experienced increased financial pressures over the years. Our state has cut back on the amount of aid it provides for suburban schools such as those in Oakland. In addition to these cuts, the state imposes a limit, or cap, on the amount of taxes we can raise locally for our schools. The state’s policies threaten our district’s efforts to provide top quality education for Oakland’s students. By maintaining the quality of the public education we provide, Oakland will continue to remain a desirable and vital community well into the future.
Where the Money Goes
Each child in the Oakland district benefits from the activities, equipment and resources made available by the Foundation. For a list of past grants and initiatives we have supported, please click here. Most recently, we are partnering with the Board of Education to bring to our district a WOOD/STEAM/TECH Center. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. This facility will give students the opportunity to explore these areas of study through a hands on, interactive learning environment, housed in Valley Middle School and will be accessible to all students throughout the district. As the different areas of the Center will be developed to enrich and enhance specific areas of study for each grade aligning with the Common Core Standards, students will be bused from their school and will work with their classroom teacher as well as a teacher who will be assigned to the WOOD/STEAM/TECH facility. This initiative is still in the developmental stages and Dr. Coffaro will be updating all of us as the project moves forward.
This is an exciting new endeavor and we hope we can depend on your support of OEF fundraisers to make this a reality.