The Opportunity Fund staff announces that SMNOF will suspend all Mini-Scholarships, grants, and the processing of Financial Aid Requests & Opportunity Funding Applications [OFA's] on March 31, 2013.
Many will ask, WHY?
“I see North as being equal with our sister schools but with some pockets of need. …need does not imply poverty.” -SMN Principal Richard Kramer, April 2009
“There will be no partnership between SMNOF / SMSD / or SMN.” -SMN Principal Richard Kramer, March 2010
“If SMNOF continues to send referrals back to us, or tries to negotiate …, we will no longer refer our students or families to SMNOF to help supplement their needs.” -SMN Principal Richard Kramer, April 2011
“At the present time SM North is experiencing an exceptional year … we have developed new revenue opportunities over the years and we continue to meet the needs of “All” students who seek help.” -SMN Principal Richard Kramer, February, 2013
“I see no need to meet with the current [Opportunity Fund] leadership.” -SMN Principal Richard Kramer, February, 2013
Parents, students, and teachers should make all future requests for financial assistance directly to:
Shawnee Mission North Principal, Richard Kramer.
Contact him personally at 913-993-6900 or via this email link; email@example.com
SMNOF has elected to reduce operations to a skeleton staff. Our considerable financial reserves will be saved for a day when Shawnee Mission North’s principal expresses a need for, and an interest in, alumni & community financial aid for the students attending North.
A resounding “THANK YOU” goes out from the Opportunity Fund Board to those in the community who have generously donated their time or money to SMNOF’s mission.
Future announcements will be posted on this website and our Facebook PAGE, so please plan to visit us again.
OPPORTUNITIES for NORTH
SMNOF was established in 2008 to fulfill the need for a unique and revolutionary concept in community support of schools. By providing needs-based financial aid to students attending Shawnee Mission North High School, for certain high school fees and expenses, SMNOF opened a door for North graduates to “Give Back to the Alma Mater”! Small general grants through the Opportunity Funding Application [OFA] Process, plus specific Mini-Scholarships, became available to qualifying students and families at North, who demonstrate financial need. Laptop computers and gift card awards were featured prizes in a student Essay Contest each semester. A Teacher Supply Network (click TEACHERS PAGE, below) was established to connect staff needs with donations of materials and supplies from the community. The SMNOF Caring Heart awards recognize select teachers at North for their support of the Opportunity Fund.
The Shawnee Mission North Opportunity Fund [SMNOF] is a non-profit Kansas Corporation recognized by the IRS as a 501-c-3 public charity. It is funded primarily by Shawnee Mission North High School alumni, with additional support from local residents and businesses. SMNOF is a financial “safety net” available to help students when limited school discretionary funds have been exhausted. Using this plan, the Opportunity Fund offers a very personal approach to “Helping NORTH Students” … your contribution goes to a person in need – not a school administration budget.
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