LPS Education Foundation thankful for support

Community support for the LPS Education Foundation continued this fall, as some 225 guests attended the annual fundraising luncheon event at St. Mary’s Cultural and Banquet Center to benefit the Foundation’s Competitive Edge College Savings Program.

“It is a tribute to our community that you’ve once again filled this room,” said Diane Policelli, president of the LPS Education Foundation, while addressing the crowd at the November 14 event.

Unique to LPS, the Competitive Edge Program offers families of kindergarten students the opportunity to enroll in this free program that allows them to start planning for post-secondary education or a skills training program.

The Foundation contributes seed money to an educational savings account and those funds grow throughout the child’s LPS educational career. Upon graduation from LPS, the funds may be used for any post-secondary education or skills training program. Since its inception in 2008, the Competitive Edge program has proudly enrolled nearly 3,000 students.

The luncheon was chaired by Jay Young, who is a Foundation director, and was emceed by WJR Sports Director Steve Courtney. The keynote speaker was Edward J. Peper, Jr., U.S. Vice President for General Motors Fleet. Peper emphasized that GM’s energy vision for the future is self-driving, electric vehicles that result in zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. He demonstrated that goal by showing a video of a self-driving car safely navigating the streets of San Francisco.

Peper also shared the three tenets of his success during his long career with GM: the opportunity to receive a great education; the opportunity to participate on athletic teams; and remembering to always treat every person he encounters with dignity and respect.

“I’ve been blessed with amazing opportunities,” he said, adding that he draws inspiration from others, including Duke University Basketball Coach Krzyzewski, who once said, “You’ll never accomplish alone, the things you’ll accomplish with other people.”

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