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Welcome to the OPES Foundation website!

We are glad to have you here! 

The idea for our Foundation came from a PTA playground committee in 2009.  Olde Providence Elementary School desperately needed a new playground, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools did not have funds to repair or replace the rusting, splintered structure.  At that time our PTA had to follow strict North Carolina PTA statutory restrictions on how a PTA raises and spends its funds, and guidelines for when it must spend them.   They could not raise the $60-90,000 needed to replace the playground.  

The PTA recognized the need for a separate organization focused exclusively on fund raising to meet the considerable gap between school resources and school needs.


The Olde Providence Elementary School Foundation pursues private/public grants and donations unavailable to PTA organizations. The existence of our own 501(c)(3) organization allows us to strategically raise and invest money as the Foundation deems appropriate and over a time period that best serves the students and staff of Olde Providence Elementary School as well as the community.

The Foundation and PTA work as strategic partners. Each serves a specific role and is completely aligned to serve the best interests of our school. The PTA remains a critical organization that provides many core programs that enhance the school experience such as funds for classroom books and supplies, Teacher Appreciation Week, and classroom programs like math, reading and science volunteers.

The Foundation will continue its mission of providing a healthy, challenging and enriching environment for all students of Olde Providence Elementary School by making funds available to satisfy our community’s expectations of an exemplary education for every student.

Our Latest Events

Fall BBQ
Come out to enjoy some yummy BBQ and support Olde Providence Elementary School!
Inaugural Cornhole Classic Tournament
Parents' Night Out benefitting Olde Providence Elementary School!

Important News and Announcements


Due to Governor Cooper issuing the executive order regarding face masks and requiring that we stay in Phase 2 for three more weeks, the city of Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will no longer approve our permit for July 3rd.


Without a permit, we cannot have an in-person race on public streets. We are devastated! 


Thank you so much for your support and we'll get back to a better-then-ever race next year!

The Firecracker 5K is a fundraiser for The Olde Providence Elementary Foundation. If you would like to donate to the OPES Foundation, please click here.



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3800 Rea Road

Charlotte, North Carolina 28226