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City of Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund Reaches $1 Million

Thanks to generous contributions over the past 36 years, the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund (OSEF) has reached the $1 million mark, according to a press release.

Adam C. Freas, president of the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund, said the Endowment Fund was established in 1986.

However, the milestone of reaching $1 million became a goal more recently when the Endowment Fund realized it was achievable, Freas said.

“The (Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund) represents a long-term effort to provide funding for creative programs to enrich the experience of every student in our local public schools,” he said. “(Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund) enables special learning opportunities that engage students in classrooms, art, music, athletics, field trips, and community projects.”

The “We are Oberlin” mural; guest speakers, including Michael G. Williams, author of “The Brown Crayon” and the “Backpack Program,” all of which were made possible through the continued financial support of the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund, the statement said.

Additionally, Freas noted that the Phoenix Scholarships were established to support student-led initiatives, allowing them to impact the educational experiences offered.

“Phoenix Grants has sponsored programs such as the Black Student Union, Music, Science, and Zen Therapy Room, which has been deemed successful at the high school level and is now implemented district-wide,” said he declared.

Without Oberlin’s largest community endowment supporters and their generous contributions, it would have been difficult to provide creative programming to students in the Oberlin City School District, Freas said.

“We can now look to the future to achieve our next step to perpetuate the educational experiences of our young people,” he said.

The endowment fund is held at the Lorain County Community Foundation.

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