At Orange High School, female students interested in STEM are able to participate in a leadership club that partners with limnology graduate students and professors at Ohio State University’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie. Seventh grade science classes use cubelets so students can explore engineering and design principles, design robotic solutions and innovate to solve problems. Youth ages 5 through 12 who have special needs can shine on stage through an adaptive musical theatre program at Orange Recreation.
Orange Schools Foundation is the best kept secret. Let’s change that. – Dr. Ed Holland, Superintendent
These amazing programs – along with many others – were funded during the 2015-2016 school year through grants Orange Schools Foundation awarded to teachers and staff at Orange City School District. As a non-profit charitable organization, we raise money that supports education programs, facilities and instructional development that are innovative, out of the ordinary and out of budget. The foundation also funds technological and aesthetic enhancements, and special academic, artistic and athletic opportunities for students in the district that would not otherwise be available.
We are always looking for ways to increase the impact on education received from students who live in Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike, Solon and Woodmere – enabling our community’s youth to gain skills needed in a global, competitive world.
Youth In Government Goes to Columbus
Supporting the creation of Brady’s Youth in Government chapter, the Orange Schools Foundation helped underwrite the attendance at last spring’s Youth in Government Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Students take their history and government studies a step further by becoming active student legislative bodies – creating and writing bills, then working to get them passed. Conversely, they analyze the merits of other chapter’s bills and vote on them. It is a great introduction into the world of politics, negotiations, and political conventions.
Annual Fundraiser Supports Grants
Wild for Orange is the annual fundraiser presented by Orange Schools Foundation. Now in its fourth year, this premier event attracts hundreds of district parents, teachers and staff, residents and community supporters. All money raised is used to underwrite grants submitted by teachers for initiatives that help elevate the district’s students to new thinking, behaviors and learning.
Plans for Wild for Orange 16-17 are underway. Save the Date for March 18, 2017 at Progressive Field’s Terrace Club.
WOOD KILN ENHANCES DESIGN PROCESS
Only at Orange will you find a woodworking class cutting lumber on their campus for use in their projects. Wood is pretty essential to woodworkers and the ability to produce and cultivate our own keeps costs low and allows all students to create without a price tag in mind. The Orange Schools Foundation’s grant purchased a wood kiln that allows students to dry lumber more effectively year round. The wood kiln will benefit students from year to year, decade to decade.