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Throughout my education, I was directly impacted by the power of donors…

It can only mean one thing when the hallways are silent, classrooms sit empty, and textbooks lie closed- school is out, summer is in! At the conclusion of this school year, the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation has a lot to celebrate- we’ve hit our recurring donor matching grant distributed ...
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The Exclusive Fundraising Partner of Grand Rapids Public Schools

The Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation is dedicated to the educational well-being of every Grand Rapids Public Schools student. As the exclusive fundraising partner for GRPS, we are committed to linking community resources and raising funds to benefit the almost 17,000 students and 53 schools in the district. Why we ...
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Another year, another track meet: Musings from a coach

By Cara Jones Another year, another track meet… I thought this was going to be a one-and-done situation.  Last spring I volunteered to coach the Mulick Park Elementary track team.  I assumed that I was only standing in for that year and figured they would find another volunteer for the ...
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Environmental education strengthens students understanding of Earth – our greatest resource!

“I think there is a hole in my waders!” Sixth grade students from North Park Montessori excitedly climb down muddy earth, and enter the cold waters of Lamberton Creek. The water is flowing high and fast for the creek, even though West Michigan has had a somewhat dry spring. “I ...
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Guest Blog: An IB Parent’s Journey

By: Cindy Conkle “She’s a smart egg. I can tell.” Those words would be music to the ears of any parent, but was especially meaningful after learning that the man who spoke them to me is a retired teacher, principal and general educator for some twenty odd years. He was ...
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