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Help Support OPEF’s Mission Today

Behind Every OPEF Program, lesson and camp is the intention to effect positive change, support families in need and provide STEAM opportunities for children.

Here’s What Your Donation Can Do:

Our goal is to serve every student in D97 through our in-school programs and provide each child with hands on STEAM education to inspire a lifelong love of learning.

Art Start


Helps us purchase supplies for one Art Start classroom residency

Visiting Poet


Supports a Spoken Word visiting artist helping middle schoolsers find and cultivate their individual voices.



Pays to teach coding and design to 3rd—8th grade students.



Provides BASE Camp scholarships for students looking for an enriching experience.

Inspiring D97 Kids for Over 30 Years

Middle School Students Creating Poems Through Spoken Word Program

5th Graders Participating in Lego Mindstorms Program

K-2 D97 Students Experiencing Art Start Program

“We love OPEF Programs. My kids are so excited each summer for BASE Camp and learn so much! They have also enjoyed Spoken Word programs during the school day”

— Local D97 Parent