2014 OEF Awards Announced

The Okemos Education Foundation (OEF) has announced that the following individuals will receive the 2014 Commitment to Excellence Awards at the OEF Awards Banquet on November 20, 2014:

·        Melissa Allis, 3rd Grade Teacher at Bennett Woods

·        Chad DeKatch, Drama Director and Teacher at Okemos High School

·        Jocelyn “J” Mankowski, 5th Grade Teacher at Kinawa

·        Renee Maniaci, Resource Teacher at Okemos High School

·        Andy Moore, Chemistry and Science Research Seminar Teacher at Okemos High School

These educators were chosen for their outstanding ability to inspire and motivate students, their creativity and innovation, and their ability to promote the welfare of students and provide leadership within the school community. Nominators were submitted by community members, parents, and school staff and each non-retired recipient will receive a $1,000 grant from the OEF to be used for educational purposes. The Special Recognition Award is presented to support staff who demonstrate a passion for excellence and whose work elevates the Okemos Public Schools. The 2014 Special Recognition Award recipients are:

Derm Clarkin, Student Supervisor and Athletic Event Supervisor at Okemos High School

·   Brian Ugorowski, Technical Director at Okemos High School, Chippewa, Kinawa, and Okemos Community Education

The Volunteer Service Award honors individuals who have a significant positive impact on students, staff, and the school community through their extraordinary volunteer service. The 2014 Volunteer Service Award recipient is:

Elizabeth Clifford, Parent volunteer at Hiawatha, Kinawa, and the Summer Playground Program 

Award recipients will be honored during the annual OEF Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 20, at the Country Club of Lansing. Tickets ($35/adult $15/child up to age 12) will be available October 6 through November 12 at each Okemos school office.  See the "Awards" menu for more information.

OEF Awards Banquet

Join us for an uplifting, inspiring evening as we celebrate the exceptional work of this year’s award recipients.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Country Club of Lansing 2200 Moores River Dr

5:30 Social hour (cash bar) featuring live music by OHS strings students

6:30 Dinner and program

Tickets ($35/person; $15/children 12 and younger) can be purchased through November 12 in any school office.  Cash/check, please (no credit cards accepted at this time)

This year’s menu:

·       Adult - Chicken Ziegenfuss – Diced chicken tossed in cream cheese and scallions baked in a puff pastry topped with a veloute.

·       Vegetarian - Wild Mushroom Strudel – Spinach, chevre, roasted peppers, beluga lentils, with a red pepper coulis

·       Child – Chicken nuggets


Our Mission:  "Recognizing Excellence and Promoting Innovation in Okemos Public Schools."

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