We are delighted to introduce Nelson Mandela Elementary School sponsors. The support of these organizations has been instrumental in our mission. Please click each name below to read more about each organization's mission and contribution to Nelson Mandela Elementary.

The Big Garden

The Big Garden's mission is to improve nutritional health and facilitate community development in the Omaha metro area by building the capacity of community organizations, congregations, and schools through the act of gardening.

Mandela Connection:

Big Garden will help us construct raised bed gardens, teach students about growing and maintaining a garden, present a curriculum that enhances our science and health standards and teach students how to prepare various vegetables grown in the garden.

Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Mandela Connection:

Transportation will be provided each day for the boys and girls to participate in the after-school programming offered at Boys and Girls Club.

Charles Drew

Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. is committed to creating a vision of health for the community we serve. It is our goal to partner with our patients to make this vision a reality in their lives, and to give future generations - a legacy of wellness.

Mandela Connection:

Charles Drew will provide school physicals, immunizations,and health care to all families. Some services will be rendered on site to help facilitate healthy children ready to learn.

College of St. Mary

Committed to the works, values and aspirations of the Sisters of Mercy, College of Saint Mary is a Catholic university dedicated to the education of women in an environment that calls forth potential and fosters leadership.

Mandela Connection:

There will be a variety of connections with CSM. Nursing and Public Health students, under the supervision on a licensed practioner, will provide vision, weight, height and immunization screening. They will also provide a state aligned Health curriculum to all students. Art instruction will be provided by education majors under the supervision of the CSM faculty. Swimming lessons will be taught in the summer enrichment program at CSM. Many more connections are being developed and will come on-line as the year progresses.

Girls, Inc

Inspiring all girls to be “strong, smart and bold,” we serve hundreds of girls every day. Each girl is able to create a vision for a bright, healthy future; then we provide the experiences and opportunities to help her get there. No potential left on the table!

Mandela Connection:

Transportation will be provided each day for the girls to participate in the after-school programming offered at Girls, Inc.

Goals Center

To address absenteeism and at-risk behavior through encouragement of coordinated efforts to improve student attendance and learning.

Mandela Connection:

Mandela will work to monitor absenteeism and utilize the resources of the GOALS Center to address family needs that may be causing an issue in attendance.

Heartland Family Services - Solomon Girls Center

Heartland Family Service-Solomon Girls Center offers year-round educational, cultural, social and recreational programming. Activities promote skill development and provide assistance in dealing with the issues that challenge today’s girls and young women. The ultimate aim of the Center is to provide its members with those qualities that enable them to have positive social interactions and relationships.

Mandela Connection:

Transportation will be provided each day for the girls to participate in the after-school programming offered at HFS Solomon Girls Club.

Interface Web School

Interface Web School provides practical training to meet the demands of job seekers and employers in today’s job market. We offer students an immersive learning program lead by industry experts and a professional network that connects students and businesses throughout the Midwest.

Mandela Connection:

Interface Web School graduates Kim Boulay, Kyle Newman and Nick Gordon developed a new website for Nelson Mandela Elementary School in 2016. This website is maintained by Interface Web School students/grads.

Lozier Foundation

Formed in 1986, The Lozier Foundation is a personal foundation funded by Allan and Dianne Lozier. The foundation’s focus is education, social services and issues involving women and children with an emphasis on the inner city and underrepresented populations. The foundation’s grants are directed exclusively to the immediate Omaha area.

Mandela Connection:

Nelson Mandela Elementary is funded by the Lozier Foundation.

Metro Community College

Metropolitan Community College delivers relevant student-centered education to a diverse community of learners.

Mandela Connection:

The primary relationship will be that on all Professional Development Days, the students will be provided engaging and enriching curriculum extensions provided by the faculty of MCC. These extensions are currently only offered in the summer, on campus. Our partnership will provide these classes to all students both at MCC and at Mandela. Future projects are in the development stage at this time.

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

Mandela Connection:

As a member of Nonprofit of the Midlands, we are able to network and partner with other nonprofits and take advantage of professional development opportunities and workshops.

Omaha Conservatory of Music

The Omaha Conservatory of Music is a non-profit 501(c)(3) school that strives to build musical community through education and performance to enrich lives.

Mandela Connection:

All students will be instructed in violin each week by a certified Nebraska music educator from the conservatory. Regular performances will be held at the school for parents and community members to attend.

News: May 6, 2015

National Endowment of the Arts: Omaha Conservatory of Music has been awarded a $10,000 grant to support Spring Sprouts at Nelson Mandela Elementary.

Spalding Education

Our mission is to increase literacy for all children and adults by using The Spalding Method to develop skilled readers, critical listeners, and accomplished writers and spellers.

Mandela Connection:

Mandela Connection: We hope to become a Spalding Certified school and model for other schools in the city and state the difference a Spalding approach to Language Arts can make.

University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Education

The College of Education is committed to the development of dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars and responsible citizens. We offer a diverse range of majors and programs in five academic units.

  • Counseling
  • Educational Leadership
  • Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Special Education and Communication Disorders
  • Teacher Education

Students learn, train and research in our cutting-edge facilities and benefit from life on a metropolitan campus in the heart of a dynamic city. UNO's College of Education offers the challenges necessary for growth along with the support needed to excel.

Mandela Connection:

Dr. Becky Pasco was instrumental in finding experts to assist us in creating a highly functional and engaging media center. The UNO students enrolled in Library Science degrees were essential in assisting with setting up our library collection.