Melanie Lucks

Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation Raises Over $50,000 during 2020 TEAM Campaign

Each year, the Foundation works with the Elkhorn Public Schools District to launch our TEAM Campaign.

The TEAM Campaign is our annual fundraiser where we ask Elkhorn Public Schools staff to support the Foundation by making a monthly pledge or one-time donation. By donating to our TEAM Campaign, they help us provide additional funding for Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation programs.

Congratulations to our TEAM Campaign Winners!

Elkhorn North High School, Elkhorn Middle School, and Westridge Elementary School were the schools that had the highest average staff donations during our TEAM Campaign. In exchange for their support, the Foundation is providing their teachers and staff with quarterly treats for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year!




Footage from 2020 TEAM Campaign

#GivingTuesday 2020

Please consider making a donation to our year-end campaign on December 1st, #GivingTuesday! It is with your crucial support that we are able to fund Classroom Grants, Scholarships, Math & Reading Assistance, Teacher Tuition Reimbursement, and more. Please read about our main programs below:

Classroom Grants

We enrich Elkhorn Public School education by providing multiple Classroom Grants to all 19 schools in the District, impacting Elkhorn students at every grade level


Scholarship Program

We administer scholarships on behalf of community businesses, families, and organizations. Together, our scholarship program has benefited thousands of graduating Elkhorn seniors.


“It truly means the world to me to have you believe in me and have invested in my future. Thank you so much.” -Kyler Beekman, 2020 Elkhorn High School Graduate & EPSF Scholarship Recipient


Kids in Need

We provide financial assistance to Elkhorn families in need, ensuring financial hardships do not stand in the way of our students’ physical, social, and emotional needs or their ability to achieve success within our schools.


Before/After School Math & Reading Intervention

We fund the numerous hours that our Elkhorn teachers spend outside their school day assisting the hundreds of elementary school students who need extra assistance in math and reading comprehension. This includes after school math & reading clubs.


“At first I didn’t think that my child would want to attend Math Club, but he LOVES it!  I have seen such improvement in the work he is doing!” -Emily Penry


Teacher Tuition Reimbursement

We encourage our Elkhorn teachers and teacher assistants to prioritize their continued education by providing partial tuition reimbursement. The Foundation provides thousands of dollars in tuition reimbursement every year.

7 New Elkhorn Scholarship Opportunities Added for 2021 Seniors

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation has added seven new scholarship opportunities for seniors graduating in 2021. Students may start their application process beginning December 1st, 2020. They can learn more about each scholarship’s criteria at www.elkhornfoundation.org/scholarships. All applications must be submitted by February 1st, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

Scholarship recipient Raegan Young at the Skylar Elizabeth Hunter Memorial Reception held at the EPS Foundation Alumni Center.

Did you know? The Foundation awarded $404,750 in scholarships in the 2019-2020 school year– That’s a $62K increase in scholarship dollars from the 2018-2019 school year!


7 New scholarships this year

Seniors For Seniors Scholarship | $5,000 Scholarship

Compass Benefits is excited to collaborate with United Healthcare to establish a new scholarship that hopes to inspire students to create a youth club or organization whose mission would be to address one of the most challenging issues that senior citizens face: isolation and limited relationships as they age. Compass Benefits hopes that this scholarship will be the catalyst to provide a new avenue for youth to connect and build meaningful ongoing relationships with senior citizens.

This scholarship will be awarded to one Elkhorn Public Schools senior who demonstrates compassion for senior citizens and has innovative ideas on how to better connect youth with senior citizens. Specifically, the scholarship committee is looking for students’ creative ideas for establishing a youth club or organization that addresses/alleviates this relevant issue.

Compass Benefits is a full-service insurance agency that specializes in group benefits, individual health insurance, and Medicare. They are an independent full-service broker/consulting firm that helps their clients develop a benefits strategy that meets their individual needs while providing them with a superior level of service.


Robert ‘Scoop’ McArdle

McArdle Grading Company | $2,000 Scholarship

Longtime Elkhorn business McArdle Grading Company has started a scholarship in memory of its founder, the late Robert ‘Scoop’ McArdle. Scoop graduated from Elkhorn High School in 1940 and founded McArdle Grading Company in 1953 with a single bulldozer. Today, the company has over 70 employees and operates with 100+ pieces of equipment.

Scoop had a true passion for the Elkhorn community and its schools. He was a founding member of the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation and served on the Elkhorn school board for 28 years, the last 10 as president. He also served as Treasurer of the Foundation Board for 15 years.

This scholarship will be awarded to one Elkhorn Public Schools senior graduating senior who plans to continue his/her education at either a two-year college, trade, or vocational school with a focus on a skilled-trade or construction-related field, including but not limited to: diesel mechanic, heavy equipment operator and maintenance, GPS/surveying, etc.


Echelon Homes | $1,000 Scholarship

With a huge demand for new graduates in the construction field, this new scholarship’s goal is to promote the industry and encourage students to pursue a career in construction.

This scholarship will be awarded to one Elkhorn Public Schools senior who plans to major in engineering or construction management or to continue his/her education in a construction trade.

Echelon Homes was founded by former Elkhorn graduate Zach Nelson in 2014.


Terry and Paulette Peters

Terry and Paulette Peters Memorial Scholarship | $1,000 Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in the memory of Terry and Paulette Peters and their many quiet contributions to Elkhorn Public Schools in the 1970s and 1980s that helped set the stage for the vibrant school district it is today.

It will be awarded to a graduating senior from Elkhorn High School who demonstrates active participation in school activities. Applicants must have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and have been involved in at least one sport and one arts-based organization (band, drama, debate, etc.) during their high school career.


ESHS Softball Booster Club | Two $500 Scholarships

The ESHS Softball Booster Club will award a $500 scholarship to two female graduating seniors who are current members of the Elkhorn South High School softball team and have demonstrated good character, integrity, dedication, and a strong work ethic.


Sagewood Elementary PTO | Two $500 Scholarships

The Sagewood Elementary PTO will award a $500 scholarship to two graduating seniors, a male and a female, who graduated fifth grade from Sagewood Elementary School and exemplify academic success, good citizenship, and active involvement in the community and school activities.


West Bay Elementary PTO | $500 Scholarship

The West Bay Elementary PTO will award a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who graduated fifth grade from West Bay Elementary and exemplifies academic success, good citizenship, and active involvement in community and school activities.

Bids 4 Kids Virtual Auction Raises Over $36,000 for Elkhorn Public Schools Math & Reading Intervention Programs!

Students from the Spring Ridge Elementary School’s Math Club, a group funded by the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation.

Although COVID-19 disrupted the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation’s plans to hold a live fundraising event last spring, the Elkhorn community came together last week (virtually) and raised over $36,000 to help fund Math & Reading Before/After School Intervention Programs for Elkhorn Public Schools.

From September 1 to September 10, more than 360 members of the Elkhorn community participated in the Foundation’s online Bids 4 Kids Auction. Thanks to the generous participants and sponsors of Foundation events like Bids 4 Kids, the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation provided $57,000 in funding towards Math & Reading Before/ After School Intervention Programs, helping over 500 students during the 2019-2020 school year!

“While we were quickly readjusting the event to take place online, we were unsure of how it would translate,” said Melanie Lucks, Marketing & Development Manager of the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. “Even though we really missed seeing all of the faces of our community and the fun that comes with a ‘night out in-person event,’ our fundraiser was still successful because of the amazing supporters of the Foundation.”

This year’s Bids 4 Kids event featured 245 auction items and experiences up for bid, many of which were donated by local businesses and families. Some of the most coveted items included a golf getaway to Dismal River Club, four lower bowl tickets to Maroon 5, Elkhorn Graduation Ceremony Packages, two lower bowl tickets to see comedian Joe Rogan, and a Husker Tailgate Package. 2,333 bids were made over the 10-day online auction.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in our online Bids 4 Kids auction!” said Stacey L. Falk, Executive Director of the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. “Because of our supporters, gracious event sponsors, and Foundation team, we are able to continue to provide programs that enrich education and expand opportunities for Elkhorn students!”

The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes student achievement and the unity of our community and its public schools by encouraging, supporting, and recognizing excellence in innovative education, quality school programs, and civic involvement. We offer scholarships, classroom grants, before & after school care, teacher tuition reimbursement, and more.

To learn more about our organization and stay updated on our latest efforts and upcoming events, please consider following us on Facebook. If you’d like to learn more about volunteering or donation opportunities, please contact Melanie Lucks at (402) 289-1727 or mlucks@elkhornfoundation.org

10 Bids4Kids Auction Items Perfect for Your Next Home Project

Spruce up your home this Fall with these top 10 Bids 4 Kids auction items!

Remember, bidding closes Thursday, September 10th at 9:00 p.m.! If you see something you like, be sure to create/ update your secure online bidding account in advance by visiting www.qtego.net/qlink/eps!

Thank you for supporting a great cause!!!

Bids 4 Kids is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. The proceeds from the auction help fund the extra 2,000+ hours our EPS teachers spend outside the classroom aiding the 500+ elementary students who need extra assistance in math and reading. Thank you for supporting this event as well as Elkhorn schools, teachers, and students!

1. Fluff Interior Design

Auction Item #115 | Starting Bid: $260

Ready to add some fresh style to your home? This auction item features a 60″ x 45″ Canvas in a beautiful Gray color palette as well as a $100 Gift Card to Fluff Interior Design!


2. Owen’s Mowing & Gerst Painting

Auction Item #445 | Starting Bid: $250

Let Owen’s Mowing Service take care of your lawn with a $50 mowing and $250 fall clean up package. A locally owned Elkhorn company, Owen’s specializes in mowing, landscaping, fertilizer, weed control, and snow removal services. Also included in this package is a 1/2 day of painting from Gerst Painting valued at $200!


3. Reading Nook Essentials

Auction Item #494 | Starting Bid: $115

Calling all teachers, moms, and grandmas! This auction item has everything you need to create a cute and whimsical reading nook: A beautiful hand-decorated wooden bench, 6 classic kids books, 3 animal-themed storage cubes, a unicorn hooded blanket, a stuffed animal sloth set, and a ballerina doll– this package would be perfect for any home or classroom!


4. Design Consultation with Joan Interiors

Auction Item #508 | Starting Bid: $170

Freshen up your home with a 2-hour consultation with Joan Interiors designer Kris Patton, ASID. This auction item also includes a burl wood decorative tray. 


5. Photography Session with Multi-Images

Auction Item #503/504 | Starting Bid: $150

Book a family photoshoot and add life to any wall in your home! Let Multi-Images Photography capture your beautiful family moments with a photography session and $200 towards your portrait order. 


6. Pebble Lane Living Fountain

Auction Item #437 | Starting Bid: $75

Add some curb appeal to your home with this outdoor fiberglass electric fountain by Pebble Lane Living! This lovely LED bubbler fountain will add peace and tranquility to any outdoor space.


7. 4 Patio Chairs, Small Table, & Wine

Auction Item #444 | Starting Bid: $228

Enjoy hanging out in your backyard while sipping wine with these 4 Pebble Lance black swivel outdoor patio chairs and small black side table. This auction item also includes 4 wine glasses and a bottle of wine!


8. Pebble Lane Living Lanterns

Auction Item #438 | Starting Bid: $35

Brighten up any space with this set of 3 outdoor black metal indoor/outdoor lanterns featuring easy to open housing doors. The lanterns may also be displayed by hanging them from the top metal loop. Flameless candles included.


9. Rustic Yard Art & Mum

Auction Item #492/493 | Starting Bid: $40

Give your home a fun fall farmhouse vibe with this hand-crafted rustic iron yard art made by Elkhorn local Alan Rohwer. This auction item also includes a large yellow mum, perfect for autumn!


10. Deck the Walls

Auction Item #500-502 | Starting Bid: $25

Use these TWO $50 gift certificates to get the perfect frames for your artwork, photos, or memorabilia. Deck the Walls has knowledgeable design experts who are extensively trained to assist you in capturing just the right custom frame to complement your room, lifestyle, and budget! 


Don’t forget to create your secure online bidding account, subscribe to our Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation Newsletter, and like our Facebook page to receive the latest news and updates on Bids 4 Kids! You can preview all of our auction items at www.qtego.net/qlink/eps.

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This content is sponsored by our 2020 Bids 4 Kids Silver Sponsors CHI Health & Goldbergs. Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting our Elkhorn schools, teachers, and students!

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About Bids 4 Kids

Bids 4 Kids is an annual auction hosted by the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. Last year, more than 400 donors helped support our fundraiser by attending the event and/or bidding by phone. Together, we were able to raise over $49,000 to help fund our Before/ After School Math and Reading Student Intervention Program.

In the 2019-2020 school year, over 500 elementary students were identified as needing additional teaching instruction in math and reading. With your generous support, we’re able to continue to help fund the additional teacher instructional time that students need to help improve their overall reading and math comprehension. Thank you!

10 Bids4Kids Auction Items Perfect for the Guys

Golf, Getaways, & Grub– Check out these top 10 Bids 4 Kids experiences that any guy would love! Online bidding begins Tuesday, September 1st at 10:00 a.m.!

If you see something you like, be sure to create/ update your secure online bidding account in advance by visiting www.qtego.net/qlink/eps. By registering early, you’ll receive an SMS text message when bidding begins on September 1st at 10:00 a.m., when someone outbids you, and when bidding closes on September 10th at 9:00 p.m.

Thank you for supporting a great cause!!!

Bids 4 Kids is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. The proceeds from the auction help fund the extra 3,000+ hours our EPS teachers spend outside the classroom aiding the 500+ elementary students who need extra assistance in math and reading. Thank you for supporting this event as well as Elkhorn schools, teachers, and students!

1. Champions Run Pro Shop Package

Auction Item #281 | Starting Bid: $65

Check that golfer off your holiday shopping list with a Champions Run Pro Shop Package! This auction item includes $80 in gift cards to Champions Run Pro Shop, a new golf shoe bag, and a dozen Callaway SUPERSOFT golf balls with a starting bid of just $65!


2. Bone-in Barbacoa Meal for 6-8 People at Hook + Lime

Auction Item #102 | Starting Bid: $85

Enjoy Hook + Lime’s Bone-In Barbacoa Meal with 6-8 of your friends and family! This meal includes a 5-pound Waygu Beef Shank with a full taco bar that consists of warm corn tortillas, rice & beans, salsa, pickled peppers, red onions, crema, cilantro, limes, and cheese.

“To prepare the barbacoa, we salt cure the meat for 24 hours, we sou vide (tempered water bath) the shank for 3 days. Then cook to temperature in the oven for an hour and a half.”

The chef will present the barbacoa to the guests at the table. The bone is then brought back to the kitchen & prepared for the tequila shot. The Barbacoa Bone-In Tequila Shot has become a Hook & Lime Tradition. This extraordinary experience is fun & exciting for everyone participating! This auction item also includes a $50 gift card for drinks!


3. Scissors & Scotch 15-Year Service

Auction Item #412/413 | Starting Bid: $30

YES, you can have your cake and eat it too. Actually, you can get your haircut and have a cocktail too– even better! Relax and enjoy a Fifteen Year Service haircut and style at Scissors & Scotch! This package includes a cleansing shampoo and conditioning treatment, a rejuvenating steamed towel treatment, a hot lather back of the neck shave, a soothing scalp massage, and an invigorating face refresher. Get your bid in to sit back, relax, and enjoy some me-time at Scissors & Scotch! 


4. The Pines Country Club (Golf Experience for 4)

Auction Item #208 | Starting Bid: $123

Treat yourself or a family member with a round of golf for 4 at The Pines Country Club in Valley. The Pines is a semi-private golf club featuring 18 holes of championship golf and a full practice facility.

This package includes 18 holes of golf and a cart, valid Monday-Thursday. This auction item also includes a Bluejays Titleist hat and 12 yellow Ultimate Distance Nitro golf balls.


5. Dismal River 2-Day Unlimited Golf + 1 Night Stay Package for 4

Auction Item #116 | Starting Bid: $1,225

Dismal River Club is links golf in its purest form; rugged, windblown, hard, and fast. Designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak, Dismal River is a private golf club set in the ruggedly gorgeous Sandhills of western Nebraska. Elevated championship, member, and forward tees provide magnificent views in every direction and the grand scope of the land makes each hole seem a universe all its own.

This package consists of 2 days of UNLIMITED golf for 4 players including carts and 2 Sharptail rooms with double occupancy (2 queen beds with a shared bath) for a 1-night stay. Food, drinks & gratuities not included. A Casey’s $50 gift card is also included with this auction item. The value of this package is $2,450 and is good for play Sunday – Wednesday.

Club offerings also include hunting, fishing, an array of outdoor excursions, lavish lodging amenities, and five-star dining, in addition to world-class golf. Auction winner may call ahead to book other activities available for an additional charge.


Hey you! Did you know you can preview all of our items up for bid on our Qtego site early?


6. 20 Washes at Russell Speeders

Auction Item #226 | Starting Bid: $150

Keep your vehicle sparkling clean all year long with 20 protect and shine car wash vouchers from Russell Speeders!


7. 1- Hour of Axe-throwing at Flying Timber & Gift Card to Crescent Moon

Auction Item #207 | Starting Bid: $75

Did somebody say axe throwing? Round up the guys and get ready for a unique experience of axe throwing at Flying Timber! The concept is simple, grab an axe, throw the axe at a target on the wall, and have fun watching your friends throw their axes as you impatiently wait for your next turn. This auction item includes 1 hour of axe throwing for up to 6 participants. Afterward, you and your friends can head over to the Crescent Moon to enjoy a round of drinks with an additional $35 gift card


8. $200 Towards a Pregame Party at Addy’s!

Auction Item #221 | Starting Bid: $100

Calling all Antler, Storm, and Wolves fans… Pregame at Addy’s with your friends and then head over to the football game. This auction item includes $200 in Addy’s gift cards and a Reserved Parking Pass at the Elkhorn Stadium for one Elkhorn High, Elkhorn North, or Elkhorn South Sporting Event during the 2020/2021 school year.


9. Miracle Hill Golf Course (Golf Experience for 4)

Auction Item #211 | Starting Bid: $90

Looking for even more golf? This auction item includes a foursome and cart at Miracle Hill’s beautiful tree-lined 18-hole Golf Course and practice facility.


10. Mojo’s Car Wash

Auction Item #505/506 | Starting Bid: $20

Treat your vehicle to a “Best in Show” full-service wash at Mojo’s Car Wash! This service includes exterior hand dry, floor vacuuming, wipe door jams, windows, cup holders, dash, center console, floor mats, and instrument panel. Also includes rust inhibitor, extra tire, and wheels cleaning, tire dressing, spray wax, and hand polish.


Don’t forget to create your secure online bidding account, subscribe to our Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation Newsletter, and like our Facebook page to receive the latest news and updates on Bids 4 Kids! You can preview all of our auction items at www.qtego.net/qlink/eps.

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This content is sponsored by our 2020 Bids 4 Kids Community Partner Lockton Companies. Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting our Elkhorn schools, teachers, and students!


About Bids 4 Kids

Bids 4 Kids is an annual auction hosted by the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. Last year, more than 400 donors helped support our fundraiser by attending the event and/or bidding by phone. Together, we were able to raise over $49,000 to help fund our Before/ After School Math and Reading Student Intervention Program.

In the 2019-2020 school year, over 500 elementary students were identified as needing additional teaching instruction in math and reading. With your generous support, we’re able to continue to help fund the additional teacher instructional time that students need to help improve their overall reading and math comprehension. Thank you!

10 Bids4Kids Auction Items for the Ultimate Ladies’ Night Out!

Are you ready for a night out with your girls?? We know we are! We have been busy getting ready for our upcoming online Bids 4 Kids auction and to celebrate, we’ve put together ten of our favorite auction items that are sure to give you and your friends the BEST. GIRLS NIGHT. EVER.

If you see something you like, be sure to create your secure online bidding account in advance by visiting www.qtego.net/qlink/eps. By registering early, you’ll receive an SMS text message when bidding begins on September 1st at 10:00 a.m., when someone outbids you, and when bidding closes on September 10th at 9:00 p.m.

Thank you for supporting a great cause!!!

Bids 4 Kids is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. The proceeds from the auction help fund the extra 3,000+ hours our EPS teachers spend outside the classroom aiding the 500+ elementary students who need extra assistance in math and reading. Thank you for supporting this event as well as Elkhorn schools, teachers, and students!

1. DryBar + JAMS 

Auction Item #104 | Starting Bid: $150

It’s time to treat yourself! You and four girlfriends will be pampered at DRYBar with beautiful blowouts and then you can head over to happy hour at JAMS and sip on a signature martini with a $50 gift card!


2. Gramercy Boutique Shopping Party 

Auction Item #118 | Starting Bid: $250

Host a private shopping party for 12-25 guests at Gramercy Boutique or Garment District! This luxury shopping experience includes champagne, sweets, swag bags, special offers, and a fashion preview! This package also includes a $25 gift card, clutch, and scarf.  


3. WineStyles Tasting Party

Auction Item #113 | Starting Bid: $150

Get your weekend popping with a tasting party for 20 guests at Wine Styles! Each bottle served is hand-selected and approved by the Master’s Wine Panel led by Doug Frost, the second person in history to complete the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier distinctions. Each WineStyles tasting station features approximately 150 revolving world-class wines from small and large vineyards around the world!


4. Four Sisters Boutique Shopping Party

Auction Item #310 | Starting Bid $100

Need an update to your wardrobe? Get ready for fall with a private shopping party for you and 25 guests at Four Sisters Boutique! Enjoy champagne, sweets, and styling tips from the store owner. All guests will receive 15% off their purchases.  


5. Matt Edwards Fine Foods Dessert & Wine Party

Auction Item #114 | Starting Bid: $312

Let Matt Edwards Fine Foods handle your next gathering with a dessert and wine party for up to 25 guests. Indulge in a customized menu with assorted brownies, cookies, pastries, and candies along with red and white wine pairings. Yum!


Psst! Did you know you can preview all of our items up for bid early on our Qtego site as well??


6. Private Shopping Party at Bliss Boutique 

Auction Item #295 | Starting Bid: $111

Shop til you drop! Enjoy a private shopping party at Bliss Boutique with 20 of your closest friends! This party includes treats, drinks, and 20% regular priced items for all guests plus a candle for the host.  


7. Road Trip to The Pioneer Woman Merchantile in Pawhuska, OK

Auction Item #446 | Starting Bid: $125

Did someone say, “Road Trip!?” Gather up your gal pals and hit the road for a trip to The Pioneer Woman Merchantile! This auction item includes The Pioneer Woman Black Heels & Tractor Wheels book, The New Frontier cookbook, chic wrap, spatula set, pot holder, scrub cloth, koozie, colander set, flour sifter, kitchen timer, and a $100 Gift card to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile general store & restaurant (may also be used toward online PW purchases).


8. Kona Grill + Swag

Auction Item #296 | Starting Bid: $80

Head to Kona Grill with your best gals and enjoy fresh prepared sushi and a wide variety of other great food and cocktails. This package includes a $50 Kona Grill gift card along with Kendra Scott small Maggie hoop earrings in gold filigree and a Lululemon Stay Hot Keep Cold bottle


9. Wine Night!

Auction Item #229 | Starting Bid: $40

Be the hostess with the mostest at your next girls’ night in! Enjoy 1 bottle of chardonnay, 1 bottle of merlot, and a $50 gift card to Big Dogs Beverage.  


10. Lauritzen Gardens

Auction Item #201 | Starting Bid: $20

Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility by experiencing the glory of the gardens at Omaha’s premier botanical center, Lauritzen Gardens. Enjoy a relaxing day in nature with general admission passes for you and three friends!   


Don’t forget to create your secure online bidding account, subscribe to our Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation Newsletter, and like our Facebook page to receive the latest news and updates on Bids 4 Kids! You can preview all of our auction items at www.qtego.net/qlink/eps.

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This content is sponsored by our 2020 Bids 4 Kids Gold Sponsor Milford Real Estate Group. Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting our Elkhorn schools, teachers, and students!


About Bids 4 Kids

Bids 4 Kids is an annual auction hosted by the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. Last year, more than 400 donors helped support our fundraiser by attending the event and/or bidding by phone. Together, we were able to raise over $49,000 to help fund our Before/ After School Math and Reading Student Intervention Program.

In the 2019-2020 school year, over 500 elementary students were identified as needing additional teaching instruction in math and reading. With your generous support, we’re able to continue to help fund the additional teacher instructional time that students need to help improve their overall reading and math comprehension. Thank you!

Bids4Kids Preview: Top 10 Auction Items for Family Day Fun!

Like many of us, you and your kiddos are probably growing tired of being cooped up at home. In preparation for our upcoming online auction on September 1st-10th, we’ve put together ten Bids 4 Kids auction items that will get your family out of the house to have some fun!

All of these experiences will be up for bid starting on September 1st at 10:00 a.m.! Bidding will close on September 10th at 9:00 p.m.

Proceeds of our online auction help fund the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation’s Before/ After School Math and Reading Student Intervention Program.

You can create your secure online bidding account from your phone by visiting www.qtego.net/qlink/eps!

1. Trip to Dave & Buster’s

Auction Item #224 | Starting Bid: $130

Get your game on at Dave & Buster’s! Enjoy the latest arcade and token games with $160 in power cards and then enjoy some food and drinks with $100 worth of Be Our Guest cards.


2. Family Pass to Omaha Children’s Museum & Dinner at Mama’s Pizza

Auction Item #223 | Starting Bid: $40

Get ready to enter a world of imagination and delight through the Omaha Children Museum’s award-winning exhibits! This auction item includes one family day pass (up to 4 people) as well as a $25 gift certificate to Mama’s Pizza for dinner afterwards!


3. $50 Gift Certificate to The Makery

Auction Item #216 | Starting Bid: $25

Get your craft on! The Makery is a place for you to get creative, learn a new craft, or make something truly one-of-a-kind. Here you will find projects for all ages and skill levels. Materials, guidance, and clean-up provided!


4. Bounce U Party for Five

Auction Item #601 | Starting Bid $35

Get moving with a family day trip to Bounce U! Package includes a pass for 5 bounce sessions, $25 gift card, Bounce U sports bottle, and cinch sack.


5. Two Passes to Go Ape! Zipline & Adventure Park

Auction Item #219 | Starting Bid: $50

Calling all thrill-seekers! Head out to Mahoney State Park to make your way through the 2-3 hr. self-guided journey through a forest canopy. Tackle dangling obstacles, explore the trees from a new perspective and fly around on multiple zip lines from exciting heights!


6. Day Trip to Vala’s

Auction Item #217 | Starting Bid: $22

The fall season isn’t complete without a trip to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch! Enjoy a variety of activities including the corn maze, rides, jumping pillows, slides and more! This auction item includes 2 general admission tickets to Vala’s.


7. A Night at the Rose Theater & Dinner at Spaghetti Works

Auction Item #231 | Starting Bid: $50

Enjoy a live performance of your choice at the Rose Theater! The 2020-21 season includes Penguin Problems, It’s a Wonderful Life, and How to Build an Ark. In-person digital viewing options are available.

This auction item includes 4 tickets to a live performance at the Rose Theater and as well as a $20 gift certificate to Spaghetti Works in the Old Market.


8. One Hour of Virtual Reality Play at Infinite Loop

Auction Item #214/215 | Starting Bid: $20

Escape reality and experience the latest virtual reality craze at Infinite Loop! This auction item includes a 1-hour reservation for 1 station. Each station can be shared by up to 2 people. The station is set up for one person to play at a time.

The station includes one VR system, a 55” 4K tv, a couch, and your choice from over 60 different games! During your time, you can switch between games and swap players as ofter as you’d like. Recommended for ages 8+.


9. 20 Games of Bowling at Maplewood Lanes

Auction Item #206 | Starting Bid: $50

Treat your family to a night of nostalgic fun at Maplewood Lanes! Get the party rolling with 20 games of bowling! Each game card is good for one player.


10. Day Trip to the SAC Museum

Auction Item #212 | Starting Bid: $24

Make your own field trip with an exciting and educational trip to the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. Explore air & spacecraft exhibits, rides, a planetarium, and plenty of kid-friendly activities. This auction item includes 4 daily admission passes.


Don’t forget to create your secure online bidding account, subscribe to our Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation Newsletter, and like our Facebook page to receive the latest news and updates on Bids 4 Kids! You can preview all of our auction items at www.qtego.net/qlink/eps.


This content is sponsored by our 2020 Bids 4 Kids Platinum Sponsor, Montessori Educational Centers. Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting our Elkhorn schools, teachers, and students!


About Bids 4 Kids

Bids 4 Kids is an annual auction hosted by the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. Last year, more than 400 donors helped support our fundraiser by attending the event and/or bidding by phone. Together, we were able to raise over $49,000 to help fund our Before/ After School Math and Reading Student Intervention Program.

In the 2019-2020 school year, over 500 elementary students were identified as needing additional teaching instruction in math and reading. With your generous support, we’re able to continue to help fund the additional teacher instructional time that students need to help improve their overall reading and math comprehension. Thank you!

TEAM Campaign 2020!

We saved you a seat on the bus! Join us and buckle up for an adventure-filled year.

The Foundation staff is excited for this year’s TEAM campaign. Get to know our team by watching the video below:

What does the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation do? We are a non-profit organization that provides funding to the Elkhorn Public Schools District for enhanced educational opportunities for Elkhorn students and additional support for Elkhorn Public Schools staff.

What is the TEAM Campaign? The TEAM Campaign is an annual fundraiser where EPS staff donate to the Foundation to help fund its programs.

By donating to the Foundation’s 2020 TEAM Campaign you’re helping us provide additional funding for Elkhorn Public School Classroom Grants, Scholarships, Teacher Tuition Reimbursement, and more!

Last year, 708 EPS staff members donated over $53,000 to the TEAM Campaign demonstrating that…

Together Everyone Achieves More!

If you’re ready to join us in our efforts, please consider donating to our 2020 TEAM Campaign! Your donation will help us continue to fund vital programs for our Elkhorn students and staff!


Donation Rewards:

Level 1

If you donate $5 or more, you’ll receive a mask lanyard!


Level 2

If you donate between $55 to $79, you’ll receive a Bella long-sleeve shirt and a mask lanyard!

(Unisex Sizes XS-3XL)
(Monthly equivalent payroll donation of $7-$9)

Long-sleeve Elkhorn Proud Shirt


Level 3

If you donate $80 or more, you’ll receive a lightweight pullover 1/4 zip Adidas pullover and a mask lanyard!

*Please note: a long sleeve shirt is not included with your $80+ donation.

(Female Sizes S-3XL)
(Monthly equivalent payroll donation of $10+)

OR

(Male Sizes S-4XL)
(Monthly equivalent payroll donation of $10+)

Level 4 – DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, WE’VE ADDED A FOURTH LEVEL!

If you donate $128 or more, you’ll receive a lightweight pullover 1/4 zip Adidas pullover, a long sleeve shirt, and a mask lanyard!

(Women’s-sized pullover, mask lanyard, and unisex-sized long-sleeve shirt).
(Monthly equivalent payroll donation of $16+).

OR

(Men’s-sized pullover, mask lanyard, and unisex-sized long-sleeve shirt)
(Monthly equivalent payroll donation of $16+).

***If you’ve already submitted your TEAM Campaign form, and wish to revise your donation amount to meet the Level 4 donation reward criteria, please email your revised donation amount and any missing apparel sizing information to Accounting Manager, Genice Chochon at gchochon@elkhornfoundation.org. In the subject line, please write, “TEAM Campaign Donation Revision.”


BONUS!

Donation Reward Levels 2-4 will be delivered in this tote!


How to make your order:

  1. Download & complete our form to indicate how you’d like to donate.
  2. Scan and email your copy to gchochon@elkhornfoundation.org or send through inter-office mail.

Important reminders & prizes:

-If you submit your donation form by 8/31/20, you can wear jeans on 9/9/20 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 Pitch Pizzeria gift card!

-All donation forms must be submitted by Friday, October 2nd.

-The 3 schools with the highest average donation will win quarterly treats!
(1 elementary school, 1 middle school, and 1 high school).


Message from Stacey L. Falk, Executive Director of the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation:

THANK YOU FOR “GETTING ON THE BUS” AND HELPING US SUPPORT OUR ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY!

Elkhorn Family Grants $17,500 in Scholarships in Memorial of Skylar Elizabeth Hunter

On Tuesday, June 30, Skylar Elizabeth Hunter’s family and peers gathered at the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation’s Alumni Center to celebrate the final year that the Hunter family will be awarding scholarships in memory of their daughter, “Sky.”

In March 2016, during her eighth-grade year at Elkhorn Grandview Middle School, Skylar Hunter tragically passed away. Devastated by their loss, her family felt strongly about immediately establishing a scholarship in her honor. The Hunter family awarded their first scholarship in April 2016 to Elkhorn High School student, Kelly Petersen.

Skylar is remembered as a kind and compassionate young woman who was involved in many activities including volleyball, basketball, chorus and band. She was also passionate about drawing, music and writing. She always loved making others laugh and had a magnetic personality.

Since Skylar would have graduated from Elkhorn High School this past May, the Hunter family decided that they would like to help as many of Skylar’s classmates as they could by awarding scholarships to assist with college expenses. This year, 27 Elkhorn High Students were selected to receive a Skylar Elizabeth Hunter Memorial Scholarship worth $500. Each scholarship recipient demonstrated compassion towards others, was actively involved in school activities and in the community, and has plans to continue his/her education at a post-secondary educational institution.

Unfortunately, last spring we had to cancel our annual Scholarship Recognition Breakfasts. We knew how much the Hunter family was looking forward to meeting each of their scholarship recipients, and we didn’t want COVID-19 to add to their heartache; so we offered to host a private reception for their family and their current year scholarship recipients at our Alumni Center,” said Genice Chochon, Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation Scholarship Coordinator and Accounting Manager.

During the afternoon reception, the Hunter family personally congratulated their scholarship recipients who shared their reminiscent stories of Skylar with her family. “It was such a special moment to bring together the Hunter family and their daughter’s former classmates. We are so incredibly thankful for the 31 scholarships worth $17,500 that the Hunter family has awarded since the inception of the Skylar Elizabeth Hunter Memorial Scholarship,” said Stacey L. Falk, Executive Director of the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. “We are inspired by the Hunter family’s generosity and wish them well as they close this chapter in their lives.”

The 27 students who received a Skylar Elizabeth Hunter Memorial Scholarship this year were: Meg Carney, Payton Cooley, Rhegan Coughlin, Abigail Dallegge, Madison Dragoo, Aubrianna Gerdes, Alexandria Gilbert, Lilian Green, Morgan Habrock, Alexis Harper, Dylan Hudgins, Evan C. Johnson, Grace Lamski, Adam Meyer, Nicholas Moresette, Alyssa Murphy, Abygail Myers, Blaise Pecquet, Ryan Schmutz, Katherine Swanson, Eden Thompson, Alexis Thomsen, Madison Thurber, Ashtyn Tridle, Madison VanWyngarden, Ethan Webster and Raegan Young.

To learn more about the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation and our scholarship program, please visit www.elkhornfoundation.org/scholarships.

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