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