Announcement of the recipients of the Grosse Pointe Foundation’s spring grants for public education
On April 26, the Grosse Pointe Public Education Foundation announced grants for its spring cycle. Pictured front row, left to right: Kathy Fisk, GPFPE Board Member and Grants Committee Co-Chair; Courtney Kliman, Defer Elementary; Karen Gallagher, Parcells Middle School; Erika Stout-Kirck, Parcells; and Christie Scoggin, vice-chair of GFPPE and co-chair of the grants committee. Back row, left to right: Tom Torrento, Parcells Middle School and Grosse Pointe North High School; Principal John Kernan, Richard Elementary; and Nicholas Symonette Jr., Parcells Middle School.
GROSSE POINTES – There are many times in the careers of educators in the Grosse Pointe public school system where they would like to integrate certain programs or involve students in special projects.
However, this is not always possible due to the funding. This is where the Grosse Pointe Public Education Foundation comes in. GPFPE raises funds to finance programs not available in the general district fund. Teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members can submit grant applications.
At the April 26 school board meeting, GPFPE Vice-President Christie Scoggin announced the recipients of the Spring 2021 Grants. Scoggin is also the Grants Co-Chair. GPFPE members Beth Moran, Karen Lawrence, Kathy Fisk, Kiana Rose and Caroline Marks were also present at the meeting.
“It’s always a pleasure to introduce you to Christie and the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education,” said Superintendent Gary Niehaus. “We appreciate everything you do. Presenting them is always a fun night.
The foundation awarded a total of $ 35,778 for the spring cycle.
“It is GPFPE’s mission to bring our community together to fund extraordinary educational opportunities for our children,” said Scoggin.
The Education Council voted 7-0 to accept the scholarships. The following grants have been awarded:
Submitted by Betina Davis and Cate Williams, a grant of $ 2,000 was awarded for an early childhood library and resource center at the Trombly Early Childhood Center. The grant helps fund learning supplies for preschool teachers and young families to use in Trombly. The GPFPE funded the partial grant through the Lois J. Warden Fund, established in his memory and designated for major preschool and elementary education programs within the school system.
The Barnes Early Childhood Center received $ 2,319 for hands-on materials to promote movement and help preschoolers develop motor skills. The grant will make occupational therapy equipment possible as stepping stones to accelerate cognitive and social / emotional development. The grant – submitted by Kelly Vess, Victoria Armenio and Michelle Satler – was also funded by the Lois J. Warden Fund set up for young learners.
Defer Elementary School received $ 2,775 for the “Moving to the Beat of My Own Drum” program for youth five to fourth graders, presented by Courtney Kliman. The grant is designed to keep students physically active and will provide a fitness ball, stand, and two chopsticks to follow the teacher’s lead and move to the beat of different songs at appropriate age levels. The grant will also be funded by the Lois J. Warden Fund.
A grant of $ 10,000 – with help from the Lois J. Warden Fund, numerous businesses and donors – was awarded to replace the playground equipment at Richard Elementary School. The funding will help with the purchase of playground equipment for recreation and after-school activities. The grant money will also give the community a place to interact, play, develop cooperative skills, and spend time with each other. John Kernan submitted the grant application.
Grade 5 students at Parcells Middle School will benefit from an Inchy Bookworm Vending Machine with a grant of $ 5,050. The machine will contain 150 grade-adapted books available for students earning credit for good work and good behavior. Teachers who applied for the grant are hopeful that the vending machine program can eventually be managed by students so that they can learn about economics, fundraising, and running a business. Karen Gallagher, Kim Hool, Erica Stout-Kirck, Christine Porada and Nicholas Symonette submitted the grant application.
Students attending the three middle schools – Brownell, Pierce and Parcells – and high schools in Grosse Pointe North and South will benefit from a grant of $ 4,775 entitled “Harmony Directors to Help Retrain Ensemble Skills”. The grant will provide music instruction to better teach tone, intonation, rhythm and ensemble mixing with the use of Yamaha harmony directors. The grant application was submitted by Tom Torrento.
A grant of $ 8,359 will provide 20 iPads and an iPad cart for grade 9 and 10 students in South. The technology grant is coordinated with the next-generation science standards approved by the GPPSS last year. Students can use several free applications and programs to interact and manipulate simulations, explore labs, and document their work using images and videos. Inquiry-based teaching will use technology to enable students to gain new experience with scientific and technical practices. Claire Sobolak submitted the grant application.
A $ 500 grant for North will fund a peer-to-peer program to enable the high school mental health team to broaden reach, raise awareness, reduce stigma, and promote social and emotional health. The mentoring program, led by 24 students, will bring together speakers to address good emotional health, engage the student body through social media and interaction, and promote the value of the advice and / or help available. for students. Kelly Osborne submitted the grant proposal.
At the meeting, Scoggin announced, as a new initiative, that GPFPE will begin funding Grants Focused on Social Emotional Encouragement and Development, or SEED. The GPFPE will launch a fundraiser for the scholarship category at a benefit scheduled for June 3. Students, teachers and parents will be able to apply for scholarships throughout the year for programs that support the social and emotional health of students and teachers.
For more information on the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education, visit gpfpe.org.