The first day of the 2017/2018 school year is just 10 days away! And the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation is excited for the opportunity to again support another successful year for Grand Rapids Public Schools and its students. One of the ways we ensure that every GRPS student has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive is through our general fund grants that are available to those projects and programs that support and create robust academic environments.
Through the guidance of GRPS leadership, specific needs of the district and students are communicated to us. Since the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation has identified five impact areas – Arts Education, Environmental Education, Literacy, Math Science & Technology, and Physical Wellness – requests for funds must address one on these five.
On Monday, August 7 the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation had an opportunity to present before the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Board of Education our grants determination for the 2017/2018 school year. We are pleased to announce that we were unanimously approved by the BOE, and will be distributing more than $247,000 in general fund grants for the upcoming year! Here is a small list of what donor dollars will be doing in the coming months:
- Trips to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Grand Rapids Civic Theatre will make quite an impact on the 2nd, 4th and 6th grade students who will visit! This past year alone, more than 3,200 students were able to enjoy these special enrichment trips that foster creativity and hands-on learning!
- More than 1,500 6th grade students will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty as they explore local rivers and streams through Teach for the Watershed with West Michigan Environmental Action Council. Students learn about and discuss water quality issues by gathering vital information from those streams and rivers they visit.
- IMMERSE is a unique week-long learning experience for 2nd-8th grade students at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Students have access to the whole museum and to the upcoming special exhibit, Unicorns and Mermaids!
- Some of the kilns in the school buildings are in dire need of being replaced or repaired! This year, the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation will be earmarking enough funds to replace two kilns at two different schools.
Throughout the school year, we will be highlighting these and more general fund grant programs in action. From calculators to art supplies, our students deserve every opportunity to excel far beyond their potential! For more information on how you can help make sure programs like these are available to students, click here!