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OSD Education Foundation: Helping All OSD Students Succeed

The Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) is a local nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the educational experience for district students, educators and families. Our mission is to provide programs and services to students; partner with teachers to enhance educational success; and to promote learning for all students in the Olympia School District.

Each year, our foundation raises money to fund four areas of focus:
Teacher Grants & Initiatives: In 2017-18, the OSDEF provided over $48,500 in grants and underwriting funding for teacher requests to enhance curriculum and instruction. We also sponsor an after-school math tutoring program for sixth-graders at each OSD middle school.

Performing Arts Initiative: This program is designed to enhance student access to the performing arts by underwriting art instruction or activities at school, or experiencing the arts directly at local venues, like the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

Outdoor Education at Cispus: For many years, the OSDEF has contributed $25,000 annually to the Olympia School District’s Outdoor Education Program, allowing all OSD fifth-graders to attend a three-day overnight outdoor education program at Camp Cispus in Randle. This program is supported each fall through our annual wreath sales.

Principal’s Emergency Checkbook Fund (PECF): The PECF exists to help OSD Principals address emergent student needs quickly and simply, without a lot of paperwork. In 2017-18, the PECF funded $47,000 worth of emergency student needs — covering everything from SAT fees to rent to clothing and eyeglasses – removing barriers so students come to school ready to learn.

Our goals can only be realized through generous community support from people like you. Please consider making a donation to OSDEF this year. To learn more about the foundation, visit us at for follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Thank you!

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