7th Annual LPS Education Foundation Luncheon

This year’s luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at St. Mary’s Cultural Center in Livonia.  The luncheon will be hosted by Steve Courtney, WJR Sports Director and radio personality, and the Keynote Speaker is Devin Scillian, WDIV News Anchor, author, musician and songwriter.  Tickets are $50 each, (a portion of the price is tax deductible).  Please RSVP by November 4, 2016.  Click here for more information.

Foundation Grant Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for LPS Education Foundation grants is approaching quickly! Applications must be submitted by October 7. Click here to download the application.

Foundation holds open house at LCRC

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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

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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, http://www.TheBigSmile.com, 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

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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

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 info@lpsfoundation.org

LPS Education Foundations Benefits from MOD Pizza Grand Opening

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The LPS Education Foundation recently attended a ribbon cutting and check presentation ceremony at the new MOD pizza located on Middlebelt road in Livonia.  The ribbon cutting event was sponsored by the Livonia Chamber of Commerce. The Schostak Family Restaurant Group held a “Pay What You Like” fundraiser a couple weeks prior and raised a total of $6,700.00 for the foundation.  That donation accompanied by the recent Applebee’s fundraiser put their total donation over $7,000.00. “We are thrilled and honored by the generosity of the Schostak Family Restaurants and the Livonia community for their support” said Paul Condon a member of the Foundation Board.

DFCU continues its support of LPS Education Foundation

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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 DFCU Financial.

DFCU Financial has continued its long-term support of the LPS Education Foundation with a $10,000 donation – as part of its 10-year, $100,000 commitment to the Foundation, a non-profit organization that benefits Livonia Public Schools students, staff and families. The donation marks the eighth year of this commitment, and LPS Education Foundation President Diane Policelli couldn’t be more grateful.

“Their support has made a significant impact on our premiere program, the Competitive Edge College Savings Plan, which now funds college savings accounts for more than 1,400 LPS students,” said 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 their budgets allow.

DFCU Financial supports the notion of giving families a “competitive edge” in college savings planning and promoting financial well-being at a young age.

“Financial literacy is important to our organization, so anything we can do to support that, as students are still learning, makes sense,” said Peggy Richard, director of public relations for DFCU.

She notes that the contribution to the LPS Education Foundation is part of the DFCU’s $500,000 commitment, over a 10-year period, to educational foundations all around Michigan.

“We really put our money where our mouth is,” said Richard. “Many foundations are using the funds for math programs and literacy, so it ties perfectly. It makes sense for a financial institution to support education and help children to have successful futures.”

DFCU Financial is a founding partner of the LPS Education Foundation.

“We are so grateful for their ongoing support that has been such a tremendous benefit to our students, families and our community,” said Policelli.

To learn more about the LPS Education Foundation or its Competitive Edge program, visit lpsfoundation.org.

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Smiling students in Michelle Adams’ kindergarten class at Buchanan Elementary were joined by: (From left) Mark Shobe, DFCU president and CEO; Michelle Adams, Buchanan Elementary kindergarten teacher; Theresa Aquino, DFCU vice president, Livonia branch manager; Patricia Kornylo, DFCU senior member relations representative and LPS Education Foundation Board of Directors member; Diane Policelli, LPS Education Foundation president; Laura Carino, principal, Buchanan Elementary; and Dr. Randy Liepa, Livonia Public Schools superintendent.

Perrinville Teachers Thank LPS Foundation

Dear Board Members of the LPS Foundation,

We wanted to take a moment to email you about the impact that the LPS Foundation Grant has had on our classrooms at Perrinville Early Childhood Center. We were so grateful to be awarded this grant to create a well-balanced classroom.

We were able to purchase a wonderful free standing light table. The children have enjoyed countless moments exploring science and math concepts using this one piece. They have practiced stacking clear cups on top of the table to see how high they can build. They have explored how light can change the color of different objects. We were also able to purchase many manipulatives to go along with this table to help further the children’s exploration.

For one of our classrooms we were able to purchase a huge fish tank that now houses 3 goldfish and a snail. Students can often be found in the middle of playtime taking a quiet second to check on our pets. They are learning responsibility by taking care of the fish on an everyday basis.

Finally we were able to purchase materials to enhance our math and block areas, as well as some literacy and movement CD’s. One of the students’ favorite activities is to explore the letter buckets we purchased. In each bucket there are objects that start with the given letter. Students work on phonics and letter recognition while exploring this manipulative.

Thank you again for selecting our classrooms to receive such a generous gift. We have attached some photos of our students enjoying some of the purchased items. We welcome any board member into our classrooms at any time to witness the impact this grant has had.

Jackie McPherson
Melissa Haapala
Perrinville GSRP Preschool Teachers

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