Chris Reykdal: Our keynote speaker for PECF Breakfast 2017

Chris Reykdal

Photo credit: The Columbian 

For our 2017 Principal’s Emergency Checkbook Fund Breakfast, we are honored to host as our keynote speaker, Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mr. Reykdal has served in many different capacities including teacher, school board member, state legislator, and parent! One of his primary goals as superintendent is to strengthen communities to allow for closing opportunity gaps. We are excited to hear Mr. Reykdal’s experiences and goals that we

Cispus Wreath Fundraiser

How does the holiday wreath on your door live on after its green has faded? Perhaps it does because you bought it through the Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF). In Spring several hundred 5th graders will board buses and make the three hour journey to Cispus Learning Center in southern Washington. Every year OSD 5th grade students sell wreaths through the OSDEF to help fund this outdoor learning adventure. These wreaths ensure that nearly

“From Soap to a Utilities Payment”: The PECF 2016 Breakfast

Had you walked into the Red Lion Inn on September 29th at 7:00 am you would have found several hundred yawning men and women all eager to support a cause unknown to many but more important than most could imagine. This was the Olympia School District Education Foundation breakfast for the Principal’s Emergency Checkbook Fund. I’ll admit that although I did know what the P.E.C.F. was, I did not quite realize the importance of it. …

What’s new?


The OSDEF Board is always looking for new ways to help the students of the Olympia School District. We are thrilled to have two new programs as a part of our roster.

Arts Initiative: 

The purpose of this project is to provide Olympia School District elementary and middle school students with multiple opportunities to experience the performing arts – especially students who don’t traditionally have fair access. We focus on music, theater, comedy, dance, magic, …

PECF Breakfast 2015 Raises $50,000

OSDEF1Over 225 parents, community leaders and principals gathered in September 2015 in support of the Principal’s Emergency Checkbook Fund (PECF), raising over $50,000! The PECF is a fund that was created by Denny and Paula Heck in 2008 that allows Principals to address the emergency needs of students quickly and efficiently so that they are ready to learn.  Everything from utility bills to shoes to SAT fees can be covered by the fund, all at …

New Website!


OSDEF Old Website

Goodbye old site!

We are thrilled to announce our new and updated OSDEF Website. We hope you enjoy clicking through and exploring the new site. If you are a sponsor or donor and would like to be featured on the OSDEF Blog, please write to


Olympia Choral Society 2014 Christmas Concert

Olympia Choral Society 2014 Christmas Concert

Since 1999 Olympia Choral Society has partnered with local charities to raise money at their annual Christmas concert.  Multiple shows are performed to a packed house at the James Koval Center for the Performing Arts around the 2nd week of December, and the recipient charity is able to benefit from an exposure to hundreds of Thurston County residents by sharing its story and its mission and vision during each concert.  In December of 2014, the