LPS Education Foundation News

The LPS Education Foundation is stronger than ever, with continuous corporate and community support that reaches far to assist Livonia Public Schools students, families and educators.

The district is fortunate to have this growing support of the Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance for innovative programs and services in Livonia Public Schools.

In keeping with that focus, the Foundation recently started a new and exciting teacher grant program.  In total, 12 teachers received a combined $25,000 to use for innovative teaching strategies, projects and programs in their classrooms.  The grants will benefit the district’s youngest preschoolers, all the way up through high school students.  They will be used for a variety of projects, including a World Music Drumming program at Grant Elementary; digital story-telling, using mini iPads; support for the Leader in Me initiatives and more.

Coinciding with the grant program this past fall, the Foundation also unveiled its new logo and its official new name, the LPS Education Foundation, as an outward sign of its strong pledge to supporting quality education provided by Livonia Public Schools.

“Our primary focus to date has been to fund the Competitive Edge College Savings Plan, which continues to be the premier program offered by the Foundation,” said Foundation president Diane Policelli.

That program offers a Section 529 college savings account for each new kindergarten student enrolled in the Livonia Public Schools.  The Competitive Edge plan establishes an educational trust account for participating students and a donation from the Foundation is deposited in their accounts.  Over 1,000 students presently have this unique savings account.

Both programs only exist due to the generous contributions by community partners, including; Alpha Group; Bill Brown Ford, Inc.; Bright House Networks, LLC; Cheryl Bowker Agency – Allstate Insurance; DFCU Financial; LPS Employees; LPS PTA’s/PTSA’s; Michigan Educational Credit Union; Michigan Educational Savings Plan – TIAA-CREF; The Orthodontics Office of Dr. Shaw and Dr. Jane; Parkside Credit Union; Ralph Thayer Automotive; Roush Industries; St. Mary Mercy Hospital – Livonia; St. Mary’s Cultural and Banquet Center; TRW Automotive; Westland Shopping Center.

“We are very thankful for the many individuals and institutions that have contributed to the Foundation over the past years,” Policelli said.

The primary fund-raisers for the Foundation are the luncheon (sponsored by St. Mary Mercy Hospital – Livonia and St. Mary’s Cultural and Banquet Center) and a carnival-like Bounce Back to School event in August.

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