Signature Programs

Wilma Basnett Mini-Grant Program

Supporting innovation in education, the Wilma Basnett Mini-Grant Program is named for former Superintendent Dr. Wilma Basnett. The Osborn School District Educational Foundation provides mini-grants of up to $300 per grant to teachers and staff in support of innovative projects which improve students’ physical and mental health, literacy, math, science and the arts. For the past four years this signature program has been funded through the generous support of the Phoenix West Rotary Club.

Click here: Mini Grant Completion Report

*As of 2018, staff may also apply for a Request for Funding for innovative projects in excess of $300 per grant.

After School Sports

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The Osborn School District has an active after school sports program made possible by funding provided by the Osborn School District Educational Foundation. Sports supported include volleyball, soccer, basketball, track, flag football, baseball and cheerleading. The After School Sports program has been funded for ten or more years by Price Kong CPAs from the proceeds of their annual charity golf tournament. This year the 15th annual golf tournament is being held on May 17, 2019 at the Arizona Biltmore. The tournament is open to the public. Click here for more information.

Kids Read

KidsRead is a longstanding signature program of Osborn Educational Foundation. Since 1996, KidsRead has provided books to Osborn third-graders. Founded by community leader Eileen Bailey, KidsRead has given away thousands of books to children who do not have books of their own at home. The children receive books at regular Family Book Breakfasts held at Osborn’s four K-6 schools. In March and December, third-graders receive the books of beloved children’s author Theodor Geisel AKA Dr. Seuss.

Third graders showing off their new copy of "The Grinch That Stole Christmas"
Third graders showing off their new copy of “The Grinch That Stole Christmas” provided by KidsRead.

Kids Read has received support from Kids Read USA, which has given away more than 40,000 books to third grade kids in Phoenix. In 2016, KidsRead was also supported by a grant from Phoenix Rotary 100 and Rotary District 5490. This year, the foundation received a grant from Phoenix West Rotary Club and Rotary District 5495 to support the KidsRead program.