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 will be available October 1 through November 7 at each Okemos school office.

Introducing the OEF APPLE Awards


Thank a teacher, help our schools



 Our Okemos teachers and staff do an amazing job every day educating our children. 

Here’s a new way to express your appreciation while also supporting our schools through the

Okemos Education Foundation.

An OEF APPLE Award recognizes Amazing Performance in Promoting Learning and Excellence.  It’s a nice way to honor teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, office staff, food service workers, custodial staff, bus drivers…any of the many amazing people in our school district who make your student’s education a special one. 

Each APPLE Award costs $20, which is a tax-deductible donation to the Okemos Education Foundation. 

When you purchase an APPLE award, your honored teacher or staff member will receive a personalized, color 5x7 certificate to remember your appreciation, and the OEF will receive $20 to use toward its support of Okemos schools.  In addition, your gift will be recognized in the OEF newsletter and on our website.

APPLE Awards can be purchased at any time of the year … anytime you want to say, “Thank you!” for a job well done.

Thank You! for your support of the OEF and for taking the time to recognize excellence in our schools!

To donate an APPLE Award, please visit the Online APPLE Award Donation Page

or download this PDF DONATION FORM.


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

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