Monday, November 11, 2013

Grant Writing Tips for Teachers 2013

Live action shot this afternoon of the secondary teachers ready for in-service
Hey, teachers! Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation wants to make your vision for the classroom a reality. Here are some tips that foundation members Barbara Allen and Brandi Barnett shared today with prospective recipients to help them apply for grants:

Follow instructions. Break down each section and answer everything. We don't need the writing to flow like Shakespeare, but we do need all of the facts.
Keep in mind who we are.  Read our website.  Read our mission statement and history.  It’s not long.  In brief, “The Foundation does not replace funds for education. Rather its goals are to nourish excellence and help provide a broader range of educational experiences for our students.”
Stay in our wheelhouse.  If funding is supplied elsewhere, we generally say no.  We’d love to say yes to every applicant, but we currently don’t have the funding. Likewise, even if we are as passionate about the proposal as the educator, but the proposal fits outside of our mission, then we do not fund it. For example, we do not fund furniture or trips.
Research works in your favor.  If you request a large chunk of cash, we prefer to know there is research that backs up the impact it will have on the students.  Most of the applicants that get an automatic approval are the ones that follow directions and have educational research supporting their claims. If we feel that thought has been put into the proposal, then we trust thought will be applied to the process.

Include a budget.  Many items require batteries or chargers, covers, stands, etc.  Make sure you include all of the supplemental items necessary. Many applicants overlook shipping and handling. 

A picture is worth a thousand words.Your application is more attractive if you submit a photo of the requested item.  This act helps the committee better understand the item(s) requested.
Be creative!  We want to “provide a broader range of educational experiences for our students.” We love when teachers approach the classroom in a fresh and exciting way.  Get your research together. Make your plan.  Give us your idea. We might just say yes.
Don't miss the deadline.  Complete the form online and submit. Easy as that. 
We are so excited to see the inspired grant submissions this year. Keep up the good work, Tahlequah! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thank you to our Glow Golf sponsors and teams!

We'd like to give a big Tahlequah thank you 
to our Glow Golf sponsors and teams. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Armstrong Bank
Arvest Bank
The Branch/Twig
Cherokee Nation Business
Rotary Club 
Stuteville Ford
Tahelquah City Hospital
Tahlequah Lumber
Wilcox & McGrath

American Fidelity
Crafton Toll 
Excel Therapy 
Love Bottling (beverage sponsor)
Mary's Liquor (beverage sponsor)
Midwest Bus Sales
Northeastern State University
Reasor's (dinner sponsor)
Robert Webb Dentistry
Ross Transportation
Service King (Ray Nickerson)
Wright Realty (Patti and Randy Hale)

Adam Reasor
Dirk Van Deen 
Health First Chiropractic 
JD Carey
Tahlequah Public Schools

Thank you for supporting the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Oklahoma Leads Budget Cuts for Education, but Education Foundation and Tiger Teachers Make a Difference

According to this article in USA Today, Oklahoma leads the way in budget cuts for education. "Spending per student in Oklahoma has dropped 23% since 2008...." We are "one of only five states spending less than $3000 per pupil."

Last year, Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation helped fund $23,000 in grants.

With your help, we make a difference.

The foundation would like to thank over 40 Tahlequah Public Schools faculty and staff members who have signed up for payroll deduction to donate to the foundation.  Thanks for believing in us as we believe in you.

If you'd like to donate to the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation, please send your tax deductible donation to the following address:

Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation
1 Plaza South, PMB #276
Tahlequah, OK 74464

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Robohawks Build Robot to Play Golf

Who needs the Terminator, R2D2, or Wall-E?

You can play golf with the Iron Tiger!
Can you see the start of the double T's for Tahlequah Tigers?

Northeastern State Univerity's Robotic's Team is building a robot for Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation's Glow Golf Tournament Thursday, October 24, 2013. 

Robohawks constructing the Iron Tiger
 Robohawks, thanks for your support!

Have you organized your team? Would you like to be a media sponsor?  Contact Cameron Greenhagen at (918) 850-8003.

Would you like to donate to the Foundation?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation's 2013 Glow Golf Tournament

Hey, Ace, did it tee you off that the rain ruined our 2012 Glow Golf fundraiser?

Well, we at Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation drive hard to get more green for education.

Join us October 24, 2013 at dusk on the Tahlequah City Course.

That's right. We play in the dark.  Are you up for the challenge? Of course you are! You may not see a birdie or an eagle, but you'll hear the putt-putt-putt of the golf carts.

And it's all for a good cause.
We have room for seven more teams.  Will you be on one of them?
2011 Winning Team

Questions? Want to sign up?
Contact Cameron Greehagen at (918) 850-8003

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Building a Strong Foundation...One Brick at a Time

Be a part of Tahlequah history 

by participating 

in the Brick Campaign. 

With your tax deductible contribution, you will receive a personalized brick or paver placed in front of the Tahlequah Performing Arts Center or the Tahlequah Multipurpose Activity Center.

Proceeds will help fund TPS Foundation's activities and grants for Tahlequah Public Schools.

  • 4” x 8”
  • American made
  • Inscribed with up to three lines of text, with 14 characters (including spaces, punctuation, letters and numbers)
  • Your support of $75 will be there for everyone to see and appreciate. 

Granite Pavers 
  • 12” x 12” 
  • Inscribed with up to eight lines of text
  • Your support of $500 provides these high profile pavers--great for businesses, families and classes.
Order Form
Please Write Legibly
Purchaser Name:_________________________________________________________________


Phone Contact: ______________________ Cell: ____________________________


Number of Brick(s) Desired: _____ X $75.00 Each Total: _________________
Number of Paver(s) Desired: _____ X $500.00 Each Total: _________________
Location: Performing Arts Center _____ Multipurpose Activity Center _____ 

Text for brick(up to 3 lines) or paver (up to 8 lines)
line 1:___________________________________________________
line 2:___________________________________________________
line 3:___________________________________________________
line 4:___________________________________________________
line 5:___________________________________________________
line 6:___________________________________________________
line 7:___________________________________________________
line 8:___________________________________________________ 

Mail completed form and payment to: 
TPS Foundation “Brick Campaign”
1 Plaza So. PMB #276
Tahlequah OK, 74464

The Foundation reserves the right to refuse any brick that may be lewd, inappropriate, or for any other reason that the Foundation may deem necessary.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


An 80% chance of rain is forecast for Friday night.

Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation 
Glow Golf Tournament 

Thanks for all who signed up and volunteered.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Get Charmed at Uncorked!

Check out these hand made wine charms crafted by the same people who made SWAG for the VIP bags at the Oscars. 

The first 100 people at Uncorked! Thursday night will receive one. 

Get your ticket today at one of the following locations: Meigs Jewelry, A Bloom, Health First Chiropractic, The Branch, and Mary's Liquor.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Directions to Town Branch Guest Ranch

 Want to get Uncorked? We'll meet you there!

From Tahlequah Lumber you’re 1.7 miles from the Town Branch Guest Ranch. 

1. Head Southeast on S. Park Hill Road
2. Keep Left at the fork onto Powell Road.
3. At the stop sign past water treatment plant turn right and go .3 miles

4. When pavement ends and dirt starts entrance will be immediately on your left. Follow dirt road to the Cafeteria roughly 350 yards away. 
5.  Let the fun begin!


A Sneak Peek at Auction Items

Join us for Uncorked! 
February 14, 2013

The Town Branch Guest Ranch
in the Cafeteria

6-8 PM

Here are just a few of the auction items--all valued at $100 or more

A night at the Hard Rock Cafe (Cherokee Nation)
Bar height table with glass top and 4 chairs + delivery (Baker's Furniture)
Basket from Bank of Cherokee County
Basketball signed by Russell Westbrook (BancFirst)
Donna's Flowers Basket
Arvest Bank Basket
NSU Redmen gift basket
NSU Riverhawks gift basket
Dinner for 6 with NSU President Turner
Football signed by Dick Butkus
Children's bicycle (Paceline Cyclery)
Los Angeles Lakers memorabilia
VIP tour for four (Summerside Wineries)
Tickets for OKC Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls

and lots more!

Tickets are available at Mary's Liquor, the Branch Restaurant, Health First Chiropractic, A Bloom, and Meig's Jewelry.



Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Perfect Pair

Whether you're part of a perfect couple 
or you simply enjoy your alcohol perfectly paired, 
check out what we have in store for you:
Valentine's Day 2013

Perfect Pair #1
     Wine type:  Viognier
Winery: D’Arenberg
Wine name: The Hermit Crab
Vintage: 2010
Wine Spectator Score: 89
Origin: Australia
Description: A spicy, refreshing white, brimming with citrusy pear, nutmeg and lychee flavors. Lingers easily on the polished finish.
Retail Price: $19.50
Cheese: Gouda
Cheesemaker: VAN KAAS
Source of milk: Cow
Texture: Semi-Hard to Hard
Price Per Pound:
·         Gouda cheese is best described as a style of cheese making, rather than a kind of cheese as it taste depends almost completely on the time it has aged.  In the Netherlands, chunks of young Gouda are often eaten as a snack with Dutch mustard and are sometimes topped with sugar or apple syrup. Older Gouda is generally eaten alongside strong pale beers, such Tripels, Dubbel, Trappist, Oud bruin and Witbier.
Perfect Pair #2
 Wine Type: Chardonnay
Winery: The Wishing Tree
Wine Name: Unoaked Chardonnay
Vintage: 2011
Wine Spectator Score: 86
Origin: Australia
Description: This polished white shows pretty pear and floral flavors, finishing with zip.
Retail Price: $14.40
Cheese: Brie
Cheesemaker: Rosenborg
Origin: Danish
Texture: soft-ripened cheese
Description: A soft, white cheese with a mild, slightly aromatic taste. It has a soft, almost spreadable texture. The taste is similar to Camembert.
Price Per Pound: $16.00
Perfect Pair #3
Wine Type: Red Bordeaux
Winery: Petit Chapeau
Wine Name:
Vintage: 2010
Wine Spectator Score: 87
Origin: France
Description: Good tobacco and warm pebble notes are embedded in the core of damson plum and black cherry fruit. A light cedar edge marks the finish.
Retail Price: $16.25
Cheese: Cheddar
Cheesemaker: Black Diamond "Grand Reserve" 3 year aged cheddar.
Origin: Canada
Source: Cow
Texture: semi-hard
Description:Robert F. Hart began making this fine cheddar in 1933. The "Grand Reserve" signifies that this cheddar is aged a minimum of 2 years.  Made from raw milk, this white cheddar has a sharp, robust, tangy flavor.
Price Per Pound: $21.00
Perfect Pair #4    
Wine Type: Rosé
Winery: Toad Hollow
Wine Name: Eye of the Toad Rosé
Vintage: 2011
Wine Spectator Score: 87
Origin: California
Description: Offers pretty floral and smoky raspberry aromas and crisp cherry and spice flavors.
Retail Price: $12.75
Cheese: Stilton Blue Cheese
Cheesemaker: Clawson (established 1911)
Origin: England
Source: Cow
Texture: Creamy coloured semi hard
Description: Our Stilton has a sharp, tangy flavour becoming creamier as it matures.  Normally aged 8 weeks.
Price Per Pound: $23.00
Perfect Pair #5       
Wine Type: Riesling
Winery: Chateau Ste. Michelle
Wine Name:
Vintage: 2011
Wine Spectator Score: 87
Origin: Washington
Description: Soft and open-textured, with pretty pear and nectarine flavors that ride on a delicate frame. Offers just enough acidity to stay fresh.
Retail Price: $12.95
Cheese: Goat Cheese, Chevre’ (Plain)
Cheesemaker: Canyon Ridge Farms
Origin: Tahlequah, OK USA
Source: Goat
Description: Our Plain Chevre' is anything but "plain." This wonderful fresh cheese with the perfect amount of sea sald added is great by itself and absolutely wonderful when added to any of your favorite recipes.
Perfect Pair #6     
Wine Type: Moscato D’Asti
Winery: Luccio
Wine Name:
Vintage: 2011
Origin: Italy
Description: Modest, this mixes lemon meringue flavor with hints of grilled peach, candied orange peel and cream.
Retail Price: $12.20
Cheese: Goat Cheese, Honey Almond
Cheesemaker: Canyon Ridge Farms
Origin: Tahlequah, OK USA
Source: Goat
Price Per Pound:
Description: Real honey and real sliced almonds.  This cheese is amazingly addictive. Perfect on your morning bagels or your waffles but also excellent as a dessert cheese.
Perfect Pair #7
Wine Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery: Columbia Crest
Wine Name: Grand Estates
Vintage: 2010
Wine Spectator Score: 89
Origin: Washington
Description: Open-textured, velvety and appealing for the rhubarb pie-accented currant and floral flavors, lingering on the expressive finish against fine tannins.
Retail Price: $16.20
Paired With: Dark Chocolate70% Cacao or higher
Price Per Pound:
Perfect Pair #8
Beer Type: Bock
Brewery: Boston Beer Company
Beer Name: Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Beer Advocate Score: 82
Origin: Massachusetts
·         Appearance: Pours a deep, bright, dark copper beer, topped with an off-white, tight, creamy lace with some stick & stay. Carbonation bubbles are very tight.
·         Nose: Quite clean for the boasted spices. Musty ginger, orange, faint cinnamon.
·         Taste: A bit thick, chewy, slick, smooth and malty upfront, with a quick, crisp, carbonation interruption ... smoothing back into a malty / spiced character of caramel, burnt sugar, bold and zesty ginger, cinnamon, toasted malts, sweet orange, orange peel, touch of chocolate, grainy, earthy and a hint of dates. Flash of hop bitterness peaking with the orange/citrus flavours. An alcohol presence/spice helps to round of the flavours, providing balance and a small, but ample, kick. Hop bitterness, overall, is mild and nicely blended with bit of a raw leafy feel that scrubs the palate nearer the end. Finish is dry.
·         ABV: 5.6%
Retail Price: $9.50/6 pk
Cheese: Le Gruyére
Cheesemaker: Grand Suisse
Origin: Product of Switzerland
Texture: Hard
Source: Cow
Description: Sweet but slightly salty, with a flavor that varies widely with age.  It is often described as creamy and nuty when young, becoming with age more assertive, earthy and complex.  When fully aged (five months to a year) it tends to have small cracks which impart a slightly grainy texture. Aged 5-12 months. 
Perfect Pair #9   
Wine Type: Brut Champagne
Winery: Korbel
Wine Name:
Vintage: No Vintage
Wine Spectator Score: 87
Origin: California
Description: Lively aromas of citrus and cinnamon roll lead to crisp flavors of apple, tropical fruit and spiced nuts in this fun bubbly.
Retail Price: $14.40
Paired With: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Manufacturer: The Branch Restaurant

Advance tickets available at    The Branch, Health First Chiropractic, Mary's Liquor, Meigs Jewelry, and A Bloom

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Perfect Valentine's Day? It all adds up to us!

Wine + Cheese + Chocolate = Valentine's Day

It all adds up to us!

You're invited 
to the Tahlequah Public School Foundation's annual Wine and Cheese event
at the newest venue in town
The Cafeteria
Thursday, February 14, 2013 

Let us plan your evening.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Let's toast to our schools!

Thursday, February 14th 
6-8 PM
*Town Branch Guest Ranch 
in the Cafeteria.  
Light Hors d’oeuvres from the Branch restaurant, 
Live music by John Fite
Silent auction items each valuing over $100

Get a bargain and have a great time while supporting the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation.  

Tickets available at Mary's Liquor, The Town Branch, and Health First Chiropractic

*This event is located on the lower Illinois river by the water treatment plant on Powell road.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sip Wine in the Cafeteria

It's almost like high school, but not....

Take your sweetheart to Tahlequah's newest hotspot
 The Cafeteria 
for Valentine's Day
 and Tahlequah Public School Foundation's annual Wine and Cheese event.

Grant winners will be announced that evening.

More details soon!