LPS Education Foundation welcomes Honorary Board members

Building on its strengths, the LPS Education Foundation is raising its profile by bringing well-known community leaders on to its inaugural Honorary Board.

Members of the Foundation’s Operating Board, led by President Diane Policelli, celebrated the new partnership at a May 12, 2014 breakfast event at Andiamo restaurant. The 28 Honorary Board members were treated to a full overview of the Foundation – and, to plenty of gratitude from Foundation members.

“We want to thank you for showing the community that you support the mission of the LPS Education Foundation,” said Policelli.

The list of Honorary Board members spans local political, business, religious and educational sectors of the community, representing an array of civic and community influence.

The inaugural Honorary Board includes: Livonia Mayor Jack Kirksey, Westland Mayor Bill Wild, State Rep. John Walsh, State Sen. Glenn Anderson, Livonia City Clerk Terry Marecki, Livonia City Treasurer Dennis Wright, former Livonia Mayor Jack Engebretson, former Livonia Mayor Bob Bennett, Ruth Ann Brown, Jim Cambridge, Martin Carter, Steve Courtney, Chuck Dardas, Jim Fausone, Dr. Conway Jeffress, Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, John McElroy, Kathleen McIntyre, John Rogin, Fr. George Shalhoub, Mark Shobe, David Spivey, Carol Strom, Marty Talty, Kit Tennyson, Dan West, John Wilkerson and Brian Wolverton.

Livonia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Liepa said the LPS Education Foundation is one of the largest in the state, and bringing the Honorary members on board can only enhance its work.

“This is a pretty remarkable organization,” said Liepa. “Your efforts are going to allow us to take this to the next level.”

Liepa added that the recent external review for district-wide accreditation by AdvancED specifically noted the strong community partnerships that help support Livonia Public Schools.

The LPS Education Foundation was established a decade ago, and offers several key programs for students and staff of the school district, including the Competitive Edge College Savings Program, which now has 1,300 participants; and the newly established teacher classroom grants, which distributed $25,000 to 12 LPS teachers earlier this school year.

One of those grants went to Frost Middle School music director Michael Rais, for a Side-by-Side Classroom experience through Skype sessions with musicians. One session allowed students to participate in an instructional clinic with the composer of a piece the students were going to perform at a festival competition.

“(The grant) allowed me and my students to take education to another level,” said Rais. “I’m able to bring the world into my classroom with the click of a button.”

Other programs of the LPS Education Foundation include the ever-popular Bounce Back to School event, attended each year by more than 1,000 students and their family members. The event is a fund-raiser for the Foundation. This year’s event will be held Thursday, August 21 at Stevenson High School.

The Foundation also hosts a well-attended fund-raiser luncheon each school year, to help support the Competitive Edge College Savings Program.

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