Friends of Overland (FOO) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Organization

EIN: 95-3994813

  • Our charter is to raise money to support critical programs cut by LAUSD.
  • Many of the donations made to FOO are tax deductible.
  • Each family is an automatic FOO member.
  • We have a Board of Directors and Officers who meet on the first Monday of each month, but all are encouraged to attend.

Friends of Overland helps to ensure that Overland Elementary remains the extraordinary public school it is today.

Our process for spending the money we raise is simple.
Budgets are developed by the principal with input and review of administration, faculty, and parent leadership committees.
New funding requests are examined against our previous commitments.

Each year, we raise money to fund the following academic year.

  • FOO works with the administration and other parent groups to identify the financial needs for next year.
  • Our fundraising subcommittees are set.
  • New fundraising ideas are examined against current activities and the school schedule.


Parents are asked to participate in two fundraisers per year:

100% participation rate from Overland parents is our goal.  Aside from donations there are other ways to participate:

  • Scrip
  • PTA
  • FOO Board and Committees

Over the years, we have limited the number of fundraisers that involve the parents donating money. We shifted our focus to include raising money from outside sources, such as corporations and foundations and our Friends & Family campaign.

Our Team


Aryelle Lawrence


Heath Binder


Steven Cohen

Asst. Treasurer

Aron Solomon


Lisett Chavarela

Vice Presidents

Mel Kaspin Blume

Ben Emanuel

Kristen Lonner

Beth Schulman

Board Members

Lisa Bilgrei

Polly Blitzer Wolkstein

Asha Brooks Lang

Tanya Charnis

Sierus Erdelyi

Mary Kaufman

Vishal Kudchadkar

Anthony Russo Gonzales

FOO Committees coordinate the different fundraisers.

You don’t have to be on the Board of Directors to Serve on a Committee.

FOO Committees

Family Annual Donation


Tanya Charnis

Ben Emanuel

FOO Gala and Auction


Polly Blitzer Wolkstein

Mel Blume

Corporate Sponsorship and Banners

Chair: Sierus Erdelyi

Corporate Giving

Kristen Lonner

Sierus Erdelyi

Donation Match

Asha Brooks Lang

Alumni and Community Outreach

Grant Writing