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Jenks Foundation’s Trojan 20 Honored

CAMPAIGN FOR EDUCATION: The Jenks Public Schools Foundation’s Trojan 20 campaign has been named a winner of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence’s 2017 Outstanding Program Awards for Local Education Foundations. Pictured is the postcard that was distributed to promote the Trojan 20, which raised more than $200,000 for the school district.

Trojan 20, sponsored by the Jenks Public Schools Foundation, has been selected as one of four winners of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence’s (OFE) 2017 Outstanding Program Awards for Local Education Foundations.

The awards recognize innovative programs sponsored or administered by public school foundations in the state. Winners receive a $1,000 cash award and will be recognized at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Fall Forum for Local Education Foundations on Oct. 17 in Norman.

The Jenks Public Schools Foundation launched its Trojan 20 fundraising campaign to help support district programs and services that were threatened by cuts in state funding to public schools.

The campaign, held in spring 2016, was designed to cultivate small donations on a large scale by inviting families and community members to donate $20 for each student in the district.

“The objective of the campaign was to provide funding support for instructional costs that were in jeopardy due to the current state revenue crisis,” said Mary Moeller, Jenks Public Schools director of professional development, who nominated the program for the OFE award. “Specifically, the funds were meant to bolster school site budgets, instructional supplies and equipment, and professional development for instructional staff.”

Trojan 20 was promoted through social media, parent-teacher associations, school sites, building marquees, school newsletters and e-news blasts. The campaign was launched with a video from school Superintendent Stacey Butterfield and several elementary students and became the most viewed JPS video in 2016. The foundation created a campaign web page at, where donors could give online. Supporters also had the opportunity to donate via Text to Give, school site drop-off boxes and through the mail.

In a short time, the Jenks Public Schools Foundation received more than 1,600 gifts from the community.

The campaign raised $214,898.

“The Trojan 20 campaign was critical in meeting school site needs this year,” said Jenks High School Principal David Beiler. “The Trojan 20 funds enabled us to meet our staff’s professional development requests and to operate our site and still deliver core services and meet the needs to support our students and staff. We could not have had as successful a year without their support.”

Additional winners of OFE’s 2017 Outstanding Program Awards for Local Education Foundations are the Education Promise Program sponsored by Bartlesville Education Promise, the Black & Gold Gala sponsored by the Inola Educational Enrichment Foundation and the Fashion Show Fundraiser presented by the Wagoner Education Foundation, Inc.

Updated 08-31-2017

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