The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation takes seriously its Mission to provide additional opportunities for all Papillion La Vista Community Schools students. These opportunities make their educational experience exceptional. For more information on any of the following programs or sponsorship information, please contact our office.
|Old Portal School||Summer Library|
|Middle School Tutoring||Career Academies|
|Post Prom||Graduate Safe|
|Cooperation BEST||Student Emergency Fund|
|Vehicle Day||Elementary Arts|
The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation recognizes the value of continuing education for our graduating seniors by offering post-secondary financial support for students. Numerous $1,000 scholarships are available each year. Many community members choose to honor their loved ones through the naming of these scholarships.
Outdoor Education offers all 6th grade students in the district a unique overnight camping experience at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Camp. Students spend two days and one night learning in the outdoors and acquiring a greater understanding of nature. Students participate in nature hikes, games, and teamwork building activities while staying in cabins at the camp. Because we believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate, despite their family’s income, the Foundation provides substantial financial support to make this program free to all students. With generous support from families, parents, alumni, staff, and members of the community, students are able to engage in experimental learning using the environment while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
The Old Portal School field trip gives all 4th grade students in the district the opportunity to experience a re-created, one-room schoolhouse in the heart of the Papillion-La Vista community. The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation provided funds so the historic Portal School could be revived allowing students to connect to the lives of the pioneer studied in the 4th grade curriculum.
Students and teachers are encouraged to dress in pioneer attire and even bring lunch pails that authenticate the experience. Papillion-La Vista teachers, the Papillion Area Historical society, law enforcement, and other community members volunteer hours of their time to create a memorable experience for students. For these 4th graders, the words from their history books come to life in reenactments, story time, and tours of the Old Portal School, the historic John Sautter house to the original Sarpy County Courthouse.
The Summer Library program is provided for all kindergarten through 6th grade students in Papillion La Vista Community Schools. Four or more elementary school libraries open at least once a week for six weeks during the summer to offer students the opportunity to go on their own summer vacation through the pages of their favorite books. The fun doesn't end when they leave the library. Students have checked out thousands of books during the summer library program. Summer Library allows all students to have access to other education and fun literature - expanding their horizons and providing this opportunity to families who do not have access to a public library or the financial ability to purchase new books. Click to see Summer Library locations and hours for 2016.
Middle School Tutoring is offered after school four days a week at Papillion Middle School and La Vista Middle School. The Foundation provides the funding for teaching staff to work with junior high students to provide the extra help that may be needed.
PLC Schools Academies program allow high school students to receive in-depth exploration, hands-on experience, and on-the-job training. The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation provides scholarships and tuition reimbursement to students in need of financial assistance. Academies allow students to earn both high school and Metropolitan Community College credit, giving them a jump-start to their future and a strong advantage as they launch their career.
Post Prom provides Papillion-La Vista South High School students a drug and alcohol-free alternative to post Prom activities. Each year, The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation partners with parents and community leaders to provide the resources to keep students safe. Evening activities include a lock-in with food, entertainment, and plenty of prizes to keep over 400 students up all night with fun - far away from the dangers that can be associated with after-Prom activities. Post Prom is a peace of mind, not only for parents, but students concerned about the peer pressure that can follow an evening at Prom. Parents know their children are safe and well-chaperoned while students feel at ease to let loose and be themselves in a rewarding environment.
Graduate Safe is an drug and alcohol-free post-graduation event for seniors of Papillion-La Vista High School. The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation partners with parents and community leaders to give graduating seniors a safe opportunity to celebrate their high school graduation. Graduate Safe is celebrating its 29th year of providing a night of food, fun, entertainment, and an environment that gives parents peace of mind. Parents, staff, and members of our community aid in the success of this event through donations, volunteer time, and financial support. With the support of so many, graduating seniors are able to receive a safe, memorable, and exciting close to their high school career.
Cooperation BEST (Better Educate Students for Tomorrow) is connects businesses to Papillion La Vista Community Schools to enhance the educational experience of each student. Each school is assigned business partners, and the schools and businesses work together to provide a unique learning experiences. Cooperation BEST connects our students to our community while providing them the opportunity to explore different careers and industries.
The Student Emergency Fund is a tool to provide for the emergency basic needs such as food, shelter and transportation to students and their families when there is no other place to turn for assistance. This fund provides the helping hand to allow a family to get by so our students can continue to benefit from the outstanding learning environment in Papillion La Vista Community Schools. Events like the Annual Staff Campaign, where staff members pay to wear jeans to work, raise money to support this fund.
Vehicle Day is a community concept and career awareness activity that gives 1st grade students the chance to hear, see and touch vehicles that are used by businesses involved in our community. Each year, the Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation provides funds to allow over 800 first grade students the opportunity to explore different careers through the use of vehicles. Going beyond high-profile careers such as doctors, policemen, or nurses, this program incorporates nontraditional insight for a total of 25 potential career avenues. Each career is represented by a vehicle which the students are able to touch, feel, and climb through while learning from professionals of the business world. With a wide representation of careers, the students are able to see how the success of the community depends on a range of careers. From service-oriented to white-collar positions, all occupations are necessary to keep society firing on all cylinders.
As art is an essential element of the curriculum for all students in Papillion La Vista Community Schools, students Kindergarten through 6th grade participate in an art program funded by the Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation. The Omaha Theater Company provides the "Every Single Child" program to our district. The program has been modified to connect to the district's curriculum while maintaining activities that are developmentally appropriate for each grade, building upon the previous grade level's art activity. The Elementary Arts Program gives 5,500 Kindergarten through 6th grade elementary students the opportunity to enrich their education by exposing them to various arts experiences. These cultural arts experiences allow us to augment the core curriculum offered throughout the Papillion-La Vista Schools. The Elementary Arts Program has been a favorite of students and teachers for over 20 years. Elementary Arts is supported by the K-6 PLV Foundation Performing Arts Grant (Every Single Child Grant) in partnership with Midlands Community Foundation, Papillion Community Foundation, The Rose Theater, and The Omaha Theater Company.
Foundation Ambassadors from Papillion-La Vista and Papillion-La Vista South High Schools.