Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education announces spring grant recipients

Foundation elects new officers

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published May 14, 2020

 Several Grosse Pointe Public School System classrooms will benefit from Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education 2020 spring grants.

Several Grosse Pointe Public School System classrooms will benefit from Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education 2020 spring grants.

File photo by Deb Jacques

GROSSE POINTES — Although school is not in session, with students and teachers currently conducting online learning in the Grosse Pointe Public School System, the mission of the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education, or GPFPE, continues.

Members of the nonprofit organization recently announced the recipients of their spring 2020 educational grants. According to a GPFPE press release, nearly $26,000 in grant money was awarded to several schools.

The GPFPE raises money to fund projects not available in the district’s general fund. Grant applications may be submitted by teachers, administrators, students, parents or community members.

“The GPFPE grant cycle allows us to address areas of need and interest throughout the public-school system. This season’s grants are especially timely given the unprecedented era of transition and change that our district is experiencing,” GPFPE Board President Robert Bury said in a prepared statement. “We are grateful for the community’s continued support of the GPFPE, so that we can continue to fund programs and initiatives that support our students, despite these challenging times.”

The following schools received grant money: Parcells Middle School, Poupard Elementary School, Brownell Middle School and Pierce Middle School. 

The Parcells Blown Fuses Robotics Team received $1,200. The grant will help the science, technology, engineering and math club with fees for programs and competitions, competition test field materials, robot supplies, and tools and upgrades for the robotics lab at Parcells. 

Poupard Elementary School, which is located in Harper Woods and closing at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, received $4,587 for its “Worry Free Change” program.

“This grant partners with the district in addressing the transition Poupard students will face as they move to their newly assigned GPPSS school this fall. Workbooks designed to help students process the experience of moving to a new school and equip them with the tools to handle the emotional stress of the change will be delivered to each student; the school’s leadership team will connect remotely with the students to go through the materials,” the press release states. “GPFPE is fortunate to be able to fund this grant through the Lois J. Warden Fund that has been established in her memory and is designated for important elementary programs within the school system.”

A $3,398 grant Brownell received will be used for new sensory room equipment for students with autism spectrum disorder. The equipment — such as a squeeze machine and a cuddle swing — will help the students relieve anxiety and stress. 

Over at Pierce Middle School, staff will use a $670 grant to purchase a bungee frog swing for students with autism spectrum disorder. The swing is designed to enhance a sense of balance and spatial awareness and help relieve anxiety.

Pierce Middle School also received a $2,000 grant for hardware for the Pierce All Girls Robotics Team. The club team will promote and engage female students at Pierce in learning more about science, technology, engineering and math.

The GPFPE has partnered with the district in funding recess and physical education equipment for all three middle schools to help with the reconfiguration transition of the fifth grade students this fall. The $13,974 grant will assist in the purchase of additional healthy living equipment, including soccer goal posts and nets, basketball systems, sports balls, tetherballs, bases, jump-ropes, and portable ball carts for the three middle school playground areas and the new physical education curriculum.

In addition to the grants, the GPFPE Board of Directors announced the election of three new board members: Caroline Marks, of Grosse Pointe City; Maria Quint, of Grosse Pointe Woods; and Brendan C. Walsh, of Grosse Pointe City. 

Marks is a communications consultant who also serves on the Neighborhood Club Board of Directors and the Garden Club of Michigan Board of Directors.

Quint is an active volunteer in the school district and community and substitute teaches. With her family, she enjoys boating and traveling.

Walsh is the president and managing partner of a Detroit-based insurance and consulting firm. He is an active volunteer within his children’s schools and extracurricular organizations.

For more information on the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education, visit gpfpe.org.