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LPS Education Foundation Clicks to Second Phase of Technology Giving

The LPS Education Foundation is synonymous with “giving” in Livonia Public Schools.

We are changing with these pandemic times and kicking off a community-wide fundraising campaign called the 2020 Initiative. In a normal school year, the Foundation hosts a well attended luncheon as well as the ever popular Bounce Back to School event to raise funds to support its Classroom Grants Program and the Competitive Edge College Savings Program for families. Because these large gatherings are not permitted at this time, the Foundation has shifted its focus.

The 2020 Initiative will support the purchase of Chromebooks and/or laptops, plus 120 “hot spots” for students to connect to the internet from home.

“This is Phase 2 of our efforts to provide technology for our students,” said Lorna Durand, President of the LPS Education Foundation. “In the spring, we launched a very successful campaign called Bridging the Digital Divide, which enabled us to provide 80 hot spots for students through a community-wide fundraising effort. Although most students have returned to in-person instruction, the needs still exist for our virtual learners.”

Approximately 4,000 of the district’s 14,000 students opted for the fully online option called Livonia Virtual. This is a long-term option for students to continue learning remotely from home.

“We are finding that there remains a gap, in terms of access to technology,” added Durand. “So, we are pleased to continue our efforts to provide for students who need a device and/or access to the internet so they can have a seamless experience in their virtual learning.”

While the 2020 Initiative will run from October 26 through December 15, a large focus will be on Giving Tuesday, a globally recognized day that shines a light on giving generously to support community non-profits.

This year, Giving Tuesday is December 1 and the Foundation has committed to matching all donations up to $10,000. This is in addition to $10,000 in seed money that has been earmarked by the Foundation as it strives toward its $40,000 fundraising goal for the 2020 Initiative.

Donations in any amount are welcome; however, the Foundation has specified the following amounts for the following purposes:

  • $20 buys one month of hotspot service
  • $240 buys a year of hotspot service
  • $350 sponsors one Chromebook
  • $725 sponsors one laptop computer with software

All purchased equipment will be the property of Livonia Public Schools.

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