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Adieu from the President

I have enjoyed every minute serving as President of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools since 2010. However, I’ve planned to step down effective February 1, 2014, to spend more time with family. I will miss the donors who have a soft spot in their hearts for kids and education, I will miss the students who write endearing notes of thanks and I will miss the dedicated Foundation staff who work diligently to ensure that our donors’ gifts are used most effectively. It’s been an honor to serve with our exceptional Board of Directors and to meet student needs with the competent staff of Lincoln Public Schools. Beyond tax support, our students need more cutting-edge technology and innovative programs, making the work of the Foundation for LPS needed now more than ever.

Foundation for LPS Board of Directors Jennifer Absalon Barbara Baier Bob Barth Julie Bechtel Lanny Boswell James Bowen Bob Caldwell Dick Campbell Tom Cherry Thomas Christie Nicholas J. Cusick John Dittman Connie Duncan John C. Geist Norm Hedgecock Chris Hove Steve Joel, Superintendent Susan Keisler-Munro Janet Labenz, Treasurer Boyd Ober, Vice Chair Takako Olson Jeffery T. Peetz Karen Peppmuller, Asst. Treasurer Laurie Boyd Petty, Secretary Ron Romero Linda Robinson-Rutz Jason Schmaderer Jill Gradwohl Schroeder Lisa Smith, Chair Jane Stavem Jennifer Strand Judy Terwilliger Wendy Van, President

I am glad that I was able to play a part in advancing the mission of the Foundation, enabling donors to provide more opportunities for student success.

Sharon Wherry Foundation for LPS President

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The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools thanks the many friends and donors who have supported us over the last 25 years and those that continue to support LPS student needs! @FoundationLPS

Mailing Address: PO Box 82889 Lincoln, Nebraska 68501

Spring Newsletter


Meet the President The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools’ Board of Directors is excited to introduce Wendy Van as the Foundation’s new President, succeeding Sharon Wherry who stepped down February 1st. Wendy displays a true passion for Lincoln and the public school system, with all four of her children currently enrolled in LPS. “I am so thrilled to be joining the thousands of others in Lincoln who love our public schools and who want our community’s children to thrive. I know how hard our teachers work and how lucky we are to have such talented educators coaxing the best out of young minds. I’ve seen firsthand how important it is to have support for education coming from all sectors of our community. Collaboration, pooled strengths and shared vision make the educational experience so much richer and deeper, and prepares children for a dynamic and successful future.” “We are excited at what Wendy will bring to an already strong organization,” said Board Chair Lisa Smith. “Our community is laser focused on creating even more opportunities for families and children to thrive with the announcement of the Vital Signs Project and the possible passage of an exciting school bond that will strengthen and grow our education system. The Board and staff of the Foundation are ready to partner with Dr. Joel and the community to achieve our shared goals.” Wendy comes to this position from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation where she served as Vice President of Development. Most of Wendy’s career has been spent in non-profit leadership and fundraising within the human services arena. “It is my hope to continue the Foundation’s critical role in connecting amazing opportunities to an already great school system. I have such respect for past leaders of this organization. Their legacy, combined with the planning and vision set by our community, paints a very bright future for the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. We have so much to celebrate! What an honor and privilege to serve as its President at this exciting time.”

What’s Inside

Meet the New President.........................Cover Roper Fund Helps Students in 1 Stars Online Scholarship 1 Legacy 1 $22,500 Scholarships 1 Sherrill Mural 1 2 Board of Directors.....................................Back Adieu from the President.........................Back Monthly Giving...........................................Back Annuity........................................................Back Stay Up-to-Date..........................................Back

The Foundation for LPS Awards Two $22,500 Scholarships The Foundation for LPS announces the first two recipients of the Robert D. Carstens Scholarship, Renee Lloyd and Grant Mitchell. These $22,500 scholarships are the largest ever awarded by the Foundation for LPS.

Roper Fund Helps Students in Need FLPS Trustees Bill and Judy Roper have a soft spot in their heart for children who are in need. Every week the Foundation receives requests from school counselors who have students with immediate needs such as shoes, a warm jacket and other essentials.

Named after Robert Carstens, a teacher at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the scholarship is earmarked for students who are pursuing a degree in agriculture or business. Carstens, prior to his death, established a trust to provide opportunities for those less fortunate than himself.

Renee said she cried when she learned she won this large scholarship since this award will help her achieve her dream to help others. “It has given me hope despite my hardships.” She pledged that she will do her best in class to show that she deserved to win this scholarship.

The Ropers set up an endowment so that each year money from the fund will be used to help students who have nowhere else to turn for emergency needs. Thanks Bill and Judy for helping take care of those less fortunate.

Stars Online Scholarship Program NOW Open March 7th is the deadline for students to apply for many of the 150 scholarships available at foundationforlps. org.

Donors can search teacher needs by subject, school or grade-level, and choose which enriched opportunities, innovative programs or cutting-edge technologies to fund. You will enjoy the feedback from teachers and students in the form of ‘Thank You’ notes, pictures and videos.

Renee Lloyd is an aspiring veterinarian, studying Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Grant Mitchell is an Animal Science major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and plans to attend law school.

Fund-A-Need classroom grants give donors a unique opportunity to impact learning at school.

Renee Lloyd

His dream is to own a ranch close to the Loup or Dismal River and raise F1 Angus Hereford cross calves in addition to managing his law practice.

iPad for Huntington Elementary

Pyrtle Elementary - Alto Saxophone

Provide an iPad to enrich learning in a third grade classroom of 23 students. Having access to an iPad helps students develop math, reading and technology skills for immediate and future success.

Purchase an alto saxophone for the Pyrtle Elementary collection of instruments, which are offered to students whose families have limited resources and are unable to rent one.

Funds Needed: $353

Funds Needed: $284

LCD Projector for Northeast High

Animal Research Fair and Trip - Sheridan Elementary

Congratulations to these most deserving scholarship winners, Renee and Grant! Grant Mitchell

Sherrill Mural Shines Thanks to Marilyn Moore, Nancy Biggs and the 28 other donors who contributed funds to build a beautiful entrance mural in the new Don Sherrill Center at 56th and R St. This Center works with elementary and middle school students who have behavioral and emotional issues. Students attend the school part-time and work with therapists to develop social and coping skills. The building is dedicated to the work of Don D. Sherrill, a long-time advocate for students with behavioral issues. If you’d like to contribute toward the mural go to

Ms. Kaup, a Special Education Teacher, needs a Powerlite LCD projector to help present and enhance curriculum and learning activities. She works with students with high needs who often need visual representations to assist them in their learning.

Funds Needed: $798

Students at Sheridan will be choosing an animal to research for a classroom fair. They need presentation boards and admission to the Omaha Zoo where they can see their animals in action!

Funds Needed: $353

Thanks to the new Legacy Society Members The Foundation thanks the following new Legacy Society members who plan to leave a gift for student needs in their will. • Gary Hill • Jim Mastera • Bill and Judy Roper

Enhance the learning experience for students, Fund-A-Need today!

Spring Newsletter 2014  
Spring Newsletter 2014