Foundation gives more than $110K for school needs

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 8, 2013

GROSSE POINTES — The Grosse Pointe Public School System has a lot of dedicated supporters, and the amount of funding the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education funnels into the schools is a testimony to that support.

The Foundation did it again when they presented more than $110,000 to the district during a school board meeting late last month.

“The GPFPE was very fortunate to be able to award 18 incredible new grants written by our Grosse Pointe Public School System staff,” said Christie Scoggin, vice president of the GPFPE board of trustees. “Many of these grants … are for innovative new technology and learning. We couldn’t be more excited to get these going in our classrooms around the district.”

Individual grants ranged from $500 to $15,000. The grants mostly focused on technology, but they hit many academic areas in the schools.

The grants will provide items for several classrooms and include Netbook laptops, iPads, Google Nexus tablets, a digital art lab, Skype for the high schools and more.

When talking about one of the larger grant amounts, Scoggin said that the new technology is a means for “fostering an environment in which technology is an integral part of how we learn and communicate.”

School board Secretary Lois Valente called it a generous gift.

“Thank you. Thank you for all of your generosity for anybody and everybody who has contributed,” Valente said. “With all of this technology coming into our classrooms, we know that we have a job to do, too, to make sure that the buildings are wireless and can provide the access that the kids need to use all the great new stuff that they have as efficiently as possible.”

Besides the many technology purchases, there were other focuses: funding for texts for a reading program; funding for the Freshman Assist & Leadership mentoring program at Grosse Pointe North; and camp for incoming freshmen, among other opportunities.

One of the grants also will help Grosse Pointe North complete a multisensory environment to help students with special needs.