DFCU continues its support of 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 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.

Photo caption:

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.

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