The Lawton Public School Foundation (LPSF), a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1991 in an effort to address continuing cuts in the local educational budgets for Lawton Public Schools. Historically funded through memorial and other voluntary financial contributions from individuals and local companies, the LPS employee payroll deduction, and an annual fundraising breakfast, the LPSF administers funds aimed at providing local educators with scientific, educational, and charitable funding not available from the school district. Funded grants are used by teachers in the LPS school district for in-class educational materials, technology, and other teaching aids that would not be otherwise be available to them.
Over the last ten years, the LPSF has funded more than 400 grants totaling more than $225,000. In 2012, the LPSF awarded 45% of the requested grants totaling almost $20,000. These grants allowed our teachers to offer instruction and educational activities which might not have otherwise been offered as a result of ongoing funding cuts to our school district.
The overall goal of the Lawton Public School Foundation is to help to fill gaps created by continuing cuts in the Lawton Public Schools educational budgets to help ensure the highest level of public education possible for Lawton children. Additional goals include:
- Identify and implement creative fund raising methods for the foundation
- Increase memorial contributions to the foundation
- Grow the size of the endowment in an effort to increase the number and size of grants which can be awarded to LPS.