The Toledo Public Schools Foundation has existed for more than 25 years, but was revitalized in 2016 under Dr. Durant’s leadership. Historically, the foundation has provided funding in an effort to promote quality education at Toledo Public Schools. Due to many factors that influence education and opportunities after graduation, the foundation has sharpened its focus in an effort to create an even bigger impact.
The TPS Foundation’s number one priority is to support the needs of Toledo Public Schools. By bringing together the community, TPS alumni and stakeholders, the foundation works to achieve the following strategic objectives:
While the TPS Foundation (TPSF) works to build awareness of the strategic objectives we are working to achieve, there are certain things that many might not now about the foundation. Here are three facts you may not have realized!
The TPS Foundation can sense the school spirit among our alumni! Our recent district-wide alumni event held on June 16 was a great success, with graduates from multiple schools and classes coming together for a beautiful evening at NINE at Hensville. And now there are other opportunities for alumni to connect with former classmates!
Rogers High School Alumni: Ram Jam
Rogers High School will be hosting Ram Jam weekend, July 7-9. The weekend is full of activities for Rogers alumni to enjoy.
Meet & Greet: Friday, July 7
Ram Jam kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday night at Club Evolution (519 N. Reynolds Rd.). The kickoff to Ram Jam includes a DJ, food and drink specials and of course, reconnecting with old classmates!
Red & White Ball: Saturday, July 8
On Saturday, join alumni at the Red & White Ball at All Occasions Hall (3419 Hill Ave.) from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Complete with a Mr. & Miss Red & White Contest, the evening will include a DJ, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and a photo booth to help capture memories!
Cookout: Sunday, July 9
End the weekend right with a Ram Jam cookout on Sunday at Rogers High School! The cookout will be from noon until 7 p.m. A tailgate-style affair, be sure to bring lawn chairs, grills and any outdoor games you’d like to play!
Tickets are $40 in advance / $50 at the door and can be purchased online via PayPal, or at Henry’s Jewelry or Jack’s Menswear. If you have questions, call Ryan Glaze at 419-514-7688 or Kelz at 419-984-7630.
Woodward High School Annual Summer Dance Party
The Under the Stars summer dance party is back! Woodward’s annual event will be held on Saturday, August 19 at Centennial Terrace. Sponsored by the Woodward Alumni Association, this evening is a great opportunity to connect with former classmates and other Woodward alumni while supporting the school! The Cheeks and DJ will be providing music for everyone to enjoy, with full concessions and a cash bar available.
Tickets are $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door. For ticket information, contact Larry Quillen at 419-902-0149 or Carl Nielsen at 419-865-7031. All proceeds from the event will be going to the Woodward High School Stadium Fund.
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The mission of the TPS Foundation is to promote quality public education and student success at TPS through supplemental funding for programs, academic initiatives and scholarships. To learn more about the Foundation and our strategic objectives, visit our website.
The TPS Foundation is working to update records with Toledo Public Schools alumni contact information. Part of this process includes 92,000 postcards that were sent to high school graduates of TPS schools in an effort to gather names, addresses, phone numbers and other details such as class years.
Upon receiving the postcards in the mail, the Blade has reported that many TPS alumni have questioned whether the postcards are legitimate—and the answer is yes
Creating a TPS Alumni Directory
The TPS Foundation authorized a Texas-based company called Publishing Concepts (PCI) to contact graduates in an effort to update the TPS high school directories. The reputable company has been used by many TPS high schools in the past, so the Foundation felt PCI was a good fit for this districtwide initiative.
The purpose of collecting contact information is to enable better communication with graduates when promoting activities hosted by the Foundation and in the district. The Foundation hopes that the result of this directory update will be increased awareness and participation in alumni-focused events and fundraising efforts.
PCI will be sending out multiple postcards to addresses where alumni are last known to have listed, as well as attempt to contact graduates by email and phone. These postcards will contain a short message that is signed by Superintendent Romules Durant.
The only action graduates are asked to take is to call a toll-free number to verify the accuracy of data. The toll-free numbers for each high school are listed below. TPS expects to wrap up this effort in October.
In an attempt to update alumni directories, the TPS Foundation has hired Texas-based PCI to contact graduates from all Toledo Public Schools high schools except Scott, which completed such a directory just a few years ago.
The first step in this process is through mailings of several postcards, which are now landing in the mailboxes of TPS graduates. The postcards are signed by Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/superintendent of Toledo Public Schools. This project is legitimate and supported by the district and the Foundation as a way to find as many members of the TPS Proud Nation as possible.
If there are any questions, please contact the TPS Communications Office at 419-671-0440. Again, this project will cover the TPS comprehensive high schools - Bowsher, Rogers, Start, Waite and Woodward - as well as the closed schools of DeVilbiss, Libbey and Macomber.