MOD Pizza Ribbon Cutting 2MOD Pizza Fundraiser
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The LPS Education Foundation recently attended a ribbon cutting and check presentation ceremony at the new MOD pizza located on Middlebelt road in Livonia.  The ribbon cutting event was sponsored by the Livonia Chamber of Commerce. The Schostak Family Restaurant Group held a “Pay What You Like” fundraiser a couple weeks prior and raised a total of $6,700.00 for the foundation.  That donation accompanied by the recent Applebee’s fundraiser put their total donation over $7,000.00. “We are thrilled and honored by the generosity of the Schostak Family Restaurants and the Livonia community for their support” said Paul Condon a member of the Foundation Board.

LPS Education Foundation recaps successful year at
Honorary Board Breakfast
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Foundation 8.jpgThe newly renovated Jeffress Center on the campus of Schoolcraft College was the setting for the LPS Education Foundation’s Annual Meeting of the Honorary Board.

LPS Education Foundation President Diane Policelli offered an update on the programs of the Foundation, which include the Competitive Edge college savings program offered to LPS kindergarteners, as well as the Foundation’s Classroom Grants program, which is popular among the 1,000-plus educators in the school district.

Following the breakfast meeting, guests were treated to a tour of the Schoolcraft College’s state-of-the-art security and information center, also located within the Jeffress Center at Seven Mile and Haggerty.

Schoolcraft College President Dr. Conway Jeffress proudly showed off the impressive facility, which was purchased in 2013 and renovated to house various departments and the Schoolcraft to U program, which operates in partnership with the University of Toledo and Wayne State University.

Luncheon supports LPS Education Foundation
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5th annual luncheon_oThe show of community support for the LPS Education Foundation was again abundant at the annual luncheon, held Nov. 12, 2014 at St. Mary’s Cultural and Banquet Center in Livonia. The room was filled with more than 225 LPS Education Foundation supporters from every sector of the community – business, education, faith and non-profits.

“Filling a room of that size, year after year, with such generous supporters only exemplifies the community spirit here in Livonia , and it shows that the work we do to support Livonia Public Schools is not only worthwhile, but something everyone wants to be a part of,” said Diane Policelli, president of the LPS Education Foundation.

This year’s event featured keynote speaker John McElroy, host of Autoline Daily, the first industry webcast of automotive news and analysis. Emmy Award-winning McElroy also hosts TV program, Autoline This Week andAutoline After Hours, the first regularly scheduled live webcast about the industry. His distinctive voice can be heard on WWJ News Radio 950 and on WTVS.

McElroy offered glimpses into the future of the auto industry by showing videos of vehicles that can park themselves; a prototype car that completely drives itself; new innovations in manufacturing products and more. He said the Vehicle to Vehicle technology has Silicon Valley buzzing with excitement, noting the auto industry is on the cusp of technological advancements that will change the way we live – similar to the way autos changed society more than 100 years ago.

Hosted by WJR Sports Director and radio personality Steve Courtney, the fifth annual luncheon once again served as the primary fund-raiser for the LPS Education Foundation’s unique Competitive Edge College Savings Program, which offers Section 529 savings accounts for college and qualified trade schools, to LPS kindergarteners. Currently, there are more than 1,500 students enrolled in the program.

4th Annual Foundation Luncheon
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Saving for college is on many people’s “to do” list, but those who attended the Livonia Public Schools Education Foundation luncheon are helping to make it happen for more than 1,200 LPS students.

The fourth annual luncheon, held at St. Mary’s Cultural Center in Livonia, was the major fund-raiser for the year, for the Foundation’s Competitive Edge college savings program. Among the approximate 200 guests were corporate sponsors, LPS employees and members of the community and of Livonia’s PTAs and PTSA Council – all donors to the program.

The keynote speaker was Murray Feldman, long-time Detroit newscaster and anchor of FOX TV 2 News at 5:30 p.m. and host of the FOX 2 Job Shop and “Murray’s Money Minute,” in addition to “The Feldman Report,” on WWJ News Radio 950. Friendly rival WJR Sports Director and radio veteran Steve Courtney served as emcee for the luncheon.

Bounce 2013Bounce Back to School 2013!

Every year, LPS ushers in the new school year with the Bounce Back to School event, featuring inflatable bouncers, games, food, music and more.  An awesome time was had by all!

All proceeds from this event are donated to the LPS Foundation to support the Competitive Edge College Savings Program for LPS Children.

bounce back 2012Bounce Back to School 2012!
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Proceeds to benefit the LPS Foundation’s Competitive Edge College Savings Program.

Donations were provided by generous community sponsors; Parkside Credit Union, Ralph Thayer Mazda, Westland Shopping Center, Alpha, All State-Cheryl Bowker Agency, Rock Out Entertainment and the UPS Store.

2nd Annual Foundation Luncheon

Our 2nd Annual Luncheon, held on September 27, 2011 was a great success! A special thanks to our special guest Dave Brandon and emcee Steve Courtney. Thanks also to everyone who attended and volunteered to help the Foundation!

Bounce Back 2011 a Huge Success!
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The LPS Foundation partnered with LPS to hold a Bounce Back to School celebration on August 31, 2011. What a hit! 2000 friends and neighbors attended and had a great time.

Over $7000 was raised for the Foundation and a great time was had by all celebrating the return of school.

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