CLPS Educational Foundation golf outing Sept. 29

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published July 26, 2019

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WARREN/CENTER LINE/MACOMB TOWNSHIP —Teachers are consistently coming up with innovative ways in which to teach their students, but sometimes there isn’t enough money in the school budget for their ideas to come to fruition.

In Center Line Public Schools, the Center Line Public Schools Educational Foundation, or CLPS Educational Foundation, raises money to provide grants to teachers to fund projects or programs that will enhance learning opportunities for students. The foundation provides funds for educational endeavors not covered under any area in the district’s budget.

On Sept. 29, foundation members will hold their annual golf outing fundraiser at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, located at 48787 North Ave., in Macomb Township. Registration begins at noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Event proceeds will benefit the foundation’s grant programs.

Bob McQuiston, whose children graduated from CLPS, is one of the organizers. Crest Ford, located in Center Line, is the premier sponsor. The golf outing costs $100 per person, and that includes golf and dinner. There also will be opportunities to win prizes.

“Sycamore Hills does a wonderful job for us in terms of the golf and dinner. Everyone has a good time,” said McQuiston. “The golf outing is just an ideal mechanism to have community engagement so we can make things better for our students. The level of camaraderie during the event is very much there.”

The CLPS Educational Foundation provides teacher grants, building grants and student grants. Each grant comes with certain criteria. CLPS Educational Foundation grant committee chairperson and president of the executive board Lynda Bonucchi said a grant committee reviews the applications and gives them a score to determine the recipients.

“The team has been together for years. Everyone brings a different insight into their reading of the grants,” said Bonucchi, a retired CLHS principal. “Every teacher has the right to apply for an individual grant, and they can also apply for team grants.”

Each application must be related to instruction, aligned with district and building goals, and funds must not be available through other sources. Teachers may apply twice yearly, and the streamlined application requests a description of the creative idea, the goal in projected student outcomes, a cost analysis and a measurement process to determine how the use of the funds will enrich and enhance education.

“We look for creativity beyond the classroom,” Bonucchi said. “We’re looking for the creative pieces to excite and engage students.”

Building grants are available to support school improvement, and student grants are distributed to two CLHS graduating seniors each spring. Bonucchi said the teachers are “very appreciative” when they learn they received a grant.

“You can just feel the excitement,” Bonucchi said. “They know this is going to make a difference for their kids. They can’t wait to get moving on it.”

Grant money has benefitted several projects since 2002: swings for pre-primary impaired children, the purchase of library books, diversity/multicultural projects, wellness and fitness programs, photography equipment for yearbook and journalism students, integrated art and world history project, LEGO robotics program, rockets and supplies for science, math manipulatives, stand up desks for special needs students, clothing for students in need and more.

Anyone who does not golf, but would like to contribute to the cause, is welcome to come for dinner, which begins at 6 p.m.

“We have a nice dinner,” McQuiston said. “You can still take advantage of the prizes even if you don’t golf.”

Last year, 108 golfers participated in the outing, while an additional 25 people came out for dinner. Dinner only costs $30 per person.

“I get many, many repeat golfers year after year,” McQuiston said. “We’ve had people that came to the first one and have attended ever since.”

Hole sponsorships are available for $100. For more information, including tickets and sponsorships, contact Irene Papais at ipapais@yahoo.com or (586) 263-3812, or Bob McQuiston at bob5536@sbcglobal.net or (586) 306-0164.

Forms to participate in the golf outing are available at the district’s website at clps.org. Click on the “resources” tab, and scroll down to the Educational Foundation link. Click on that and then find the “Foundation Golf Outing” heading for the form.

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