Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation
The Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation believes in helping teachers make a difference. The Foundation trusts they know their craft and the TPSF Board of Trustees, made up of community volunteers passionate about supporting education, strives to assist them in reaching their educational goals. This is accomplished primarily through the funding of teacher educational grants. During the 2015-2016 school year, TPSF funded over $30,000 in grants to teachers in Tahlequah Public Schools. Every site received funding for at least one grant. These grants do not replace state funds, but they nourish excellence and provide a broader range of educational experiences for our students.
A classroom requires much more than a chalkboard and desks these days, and although classroom requirements have increased, funding these classrooms, particularly in Oklahoma, has not. Our state’s per pupil spending AND teacher salaries regularly compete for the lowest in the United States. Good teachers still make all the difference, and ours at Tahlequah Public Schools purchase more and more supplies “out of pocket” because they understand it takes every advantage for our children to compete in today's world. Behind every Tahlequah graduate are teachers who have inspired, perspired, and given up many nights with their own families to ensure a student achieves his or her full potential. It is the goal of the foundation to reduce this out-of-pocket expense to zero.
Over the years, TPSF has funded a variety of educational materials from books to tablets to fit balls, whatever it takes to enhance and enrich the classroom. Without help from the community, the Foundation can’t function. Their funds are acquired from (1) cash or in kind donations from supporters like you; (2) generous business owners; (3) fundraising events like Glow Golf and Uncorked; (4) money left by thoughtful donors from wills and estates; and (5) teachers and staff from Tahlequah Public Schools.
Each year, teachers submit detailed requests to fund specific ideas for good learning environments. Unfortunately, they submit more grant requests than TPSF funds can provide. With your help, the Foundation can change that. Every donation matters. Every dollar counts. Believe in education and the future of our children at Tahlequah Public Schools.
Please remember Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation when you write your will and consider your annual charitable contributions. Even at home, you can make important changes. Donations may be sent to Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation. 1 Plaza South, PMB # 276, Tahlequah, OK 74464. Please like them on Facebook and check out their website to keep up with news.