Back to School MODness!


Take a break from your Back to School shopping, and dine at the Middlebelt MOD Pizza location on Monday or Tuesday, August 22 & 23, and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Foundation!

In addition, purchase a Back to School supply kit for $5, and $3 will be donated back to the foundation!

As always, thanks for your support!

Bounce Back to School Returns!


This year’s Bounce Back event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24 from 5-8pm at Churchill High School.

Featuring inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, petting zoo, pony/horse rides. Admission $5 per child, concessions available for purchase.

Event Sponsors: Allstate Cheryl Bowker Agency, Alpha, Bill Brown Ford, Brighthouse Networks, Lakes Urgent Care, Parkside Credit Union, Rock Out Entertainment and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.

Presented by Livonia Public Schools and the LPS Education Foundation.


Foundation holds open house at LCRC


Recently the Foundation took part in an open house at the Livonia Recreation Center. Liz Jarvis and Paul Condon are shown here promoting the foundation with a poster, banner and literature hand outs.  Many people stopped by to get information about our Competitive Edge and Grant programs.  “We are grateful to the Parks and Recreation Department for allowing us to participate in this community event” said Condon.

DFCU Financial is in tune with LPS Education Foundation

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DFCU Financial and the LPS Education Foundation are in perfect rhythm when it comes to providing learning opportunities for students in Livonia Public Schools.

Financial support such as that from DFCU Financial allows the LPS Education Foundation to offer classroom grants to teachers who vie for these coveted resources.

DFCU representatives saw, heard and felt, first-hand, the impact the classroom grants are making when they recently visited a Kennedy Elementary third-grade music class directed by teacher Don Stromberg.

Students played tubano drums, which were purchased through two grants from the LPS Education Foundation. The World Drumming program, designed by Dr. Will Schmid, is incorporated into the K-4 curriculum.

“The benefits of World Music Drumming involve many skills that will be required in the 21st century workplace, which include critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, and the value of self in the synergy of a group,” stated Stromberg in his grant application. “Drumming also requires students to practice their memorization skills and provides each child an outlet for self-expression. The mind-body-spirit activity has been proven to enhance social skills, mental and emotional health and increase academic performance.”

Research has also shown a strong correlation between music and the development of language arts and mathematical literacy skills.

Local Orthodontists announce decade-long commitment to LPS Education Foundation


The LPS Education Foundation’s Competitive Edge college savings program would not exist without the generous support from Livonia Public Schools employees, PTAs, PTSAs, citizens and corporate donors such as Drs. Shaw and Jane Orthodontics in Livonia.

Dr. Randall Shaw and Dr. Nicole Jane, Livonia Orthodontists,, recently announced that their orthodontic practice, located on Seven Mile Road, west of Farmington Road, is continuing its long-term support of the LPS Education Foundation with a $1,000 donation, as part of a 10-year, $10,000 commitment to the non-profit organization that benefits Livonia Public Schools students, staff and families.

“It is this kind of support that makes a significant impact on our premiere program, the Competitive Edge college savings program, which now funds college savings accounts for more than 1,700 LPS students,” said LPS Education Foundation President Diane Policelli.

The unique Competitive Edge program offers a 529 educational trust account for families of kindergarten students who enroll in the program. The LPS Education Foundation contributes $100 on behalf of each student. Additional annual contributions are made by the Foundation as the budgets allow.

Dr. Shaw and Dr. Jane support the idea of giving local families a “competitive edge” in college savings planning and they truly value the importance of obtaining a college education – both having completed eight years of college in obtaining their bachelor’s and dental degrees, in addition to 2-3 years of additional orthodontic specialty education.

“It means a lot to us, to have the support of such fine business and community members like Dr. Shaw and Dr. Jane,” said Policelli. “Their ongoing commitment is truly valued and we are happy to call them our partners in the Competitive Edge program.”

Schools benefit from Community Financial program


To help bolster local education in southeast Michigan, Community Financial Credit Union announced it has donated funds to a number of school district foundations through the credit union’s Community Shares program.

Community Shares, founded in 1999 to serve communities in southeast and northern Michigan, facilitates donations to school projects, functions and foundations. The credit union has made $25,500 in donations spread among eight school districts in 2015.

Included in this donation were dollars to help fund grants through the Livonia Public Schools Education Foundation, the Northville Educational Foundation and the Novi Education Foundation.

Grants also helped the Plymouth-Canton Educational Excellence Foundation, including East Middle School’s music program.

“Our local schools are the backbone of strong communities here in Michigan, and so we feel it is important to give back to the communities that have been so good to us,” said Community Financial community relations manager Natalie McLaughlin. “We know that funding for our school districts is a constant challenge, so we’re happy to help support educational needs wherever we can.”

Working with school districts to identify programs in need of financial support, Community Financial also made donations to the Livonia Public Schools Education Foundation, the Northville Educational Foundation and the Novi Education Foundation.

Published by O&E Media 12/3/15

Spread the Modness!

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Mod Pizza has chosen the LPS Foundation for it’s “Spreading the Modness campaign this year!

The Mod Squad at this location will donate $1 for every Mod Pizza purchased during Thanksgiving week.

On Black Friday, typically a day of spending, Mod is encouraging customers to give back and “add a buck” to their bill to double the donation and double the impact.

Spread the word – let’s make this a great week of giving!

Teachers surprised by LPS Education Foundation grants


It was a caravan of good news and smiling faces this week, as the LPS Education Foundation took to the streets of the school district to surprise 16 teachers with classroom grants. Needless to say, the teachers were overwhelmed that their grant proposal was among those selected to receive funding to support their classroom project.

The LPS Education Foundation received 52 grant requests, totaling $148,000 and was able to award 16 grants, totaling $37,500. Now in its third year, the grant program is supported by the LPS Education Foundation’s designated funds, community contributions and employee payroll deductions to the Foundation.

“As in the previous two years, the grants submitted this year supported the district’s mission, vision and curriculum,” said Lorna Durand, the Foundation’s grants program chairperson. “Also as in previous years, the proposals detailed innovative classroom enhancements and were very exciting to review.”

Awardees include Cooper Upper Elementary Media Specialist Judy Bowling, who is leading the charge to create a “Makerspace” just off of the library media center at the school. The room will foster innovation and creativity and will feature a variety of hands-on materials that will allow students to create and learn. The grant will fund the purchase of two 3-D printers for Cooper’s Makerspace.

Other grants will be used to enhance classroom technology, phonics and literacy projects at the elementary level, high school AP history materials and high school orchestra chamber music purchases at Churchill High School, for example.

Durand said it’s often difficult for the grant committee members to decide, but that it’s very exciting to present the awardees with their over-sized checks, knowing that their ideas on paper are on their way to fruition to benefit the students of Livonia Public Schools.

The grant program is just one of several programs of the LPS Education Foundation, which raises funds all year, through community business partnerships and support, the annual fall luncheon event, the LPS Bounce Back to School event as well as LPS employee contributions.

View the Fall 2015 Foundation Grant photo album

Bounce Back to School


Every year LPS  ushers in the new school year with the Bounce Back to School event, featuring inflatable bouncers, games, a petting zoo, face painting, and balloon artists.  All proceeds from this event are donated to the LPS Education Foundation to support the “Competitive Edge College Savings Program” for LPS children.

  • Where:   Stevenson High School
  • When:  Tuesday, August 25th
  • Time:  5:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Cost:  $5 per school-aged child (pizza pop, cotton candy, popcorn and sno cones will be available for an additional cost)

Sponsored by St. Mary Mercy, Brighthouse, Alpha, Parkside Credit Union, Rock Out Entertainment, Bill Brown Ford, Westland Shopping Center, and Allstate – Cheryl Bowker Agency.

LPS Alumni Directories

The LPS Education Foundation’s Alumni Committee is working with Harris Connect to update our Livonia Public Schools Alumni Directories. Harris Connect is in the process of reaching out to many of our Livonia Public School graduates by post card and phone to encourage them to respond. If you get a phone call or a post card from Harris Connect, mentioning the LPS Education Foundation, it is legitimate. However, even though the LPS Education Foundation’s Alumni Committee has commissioned this project; it is always up to the respondent if they choose to participate.

Harris Connect is committed to offering the LPS Education Foundation and our LPS Alumni the best service possible. In addition to collecting alumni information for the LPS Education Foundation’s Alumni Committee, they will be offering our alumni items to purchase. Harris Connect will be offering a Hardbound edition of the directory, and a Softbound edition. The difference between the two is the cover and the binding. Alumni may also purchase a CD-ROM version of the directory, or a combination of the CD and either the hardbound or softbound editions.

If an alum is not interested in purchasing the printed edition or CD-ROM version, they will be offered the opportunity to purchase a Reunion CD, which contains the alum’s class year, as well as the surrounding 4 class years. In addition, those alumni who make a purchase with a credit card will be offered the opportunity to take advantage of a special magazine offer. Alumni can get a free 3-month trial subscription on up to 3 of their favorite magazines. There is absolutely no obligation for alumni to accept this additional offer.

If you have misplaced your postcard or the phone message, you may contact Harris Connect at:
BENTLEY ALUMNI- The number constituents should call to update their listing is (877)265-0026
CHURCHILL ALUMNI- The number constituents should call to update their listing is (877)293-6853
FRANKLIN ALUMNI- The number constituents should call to update their listing is (877)721-1943
(Stevenson published a directory for their 50th anniversary last year.)

If you would like to contact the LPS Education Foundation Alumni Committee, please email


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