2008 - 2009 Grant Results

GPFPE received the largest single donation to the Grosse Pointe Public School System as the John and Marlene Boll Foundation donated $500,000. The completion of the new natatorium, gym and fitness center located at Grosse Pointe South High School received $200,000 of that gift, and the remaining $300,000 to be used in support of other GPFPE initiatives. The natatorium at South High School will now be known as the John and Marlene Boll Athletic Center.

By the start of the academic year, the Foundation was at 112% of its $100,000 F.A.S.T Reading Challenge goal. As donations continue to arrive, additional materials will be purchased for teachers as they implement this program.

The most recent directed gift toward F.A.S.T., $35,000 from the Edward T. & Ellen K. Dryer Charitable Foundation, was received by the GPFPE in November of 2008.2008-2009 School Year Donation Updates

F.A.S.T. Reading ($78,000)
Foundations of Analysis, Synthesis and Translation Reading (F.A.S.T.) is a literacy intervention program that features a fun, flexible, fast-paced approach that’s highly effective with struggling readers. Grounded in best practices, the program complements GPPSS’ English Language Arts curriculum.

FASTT Math ($17,250)
This computer based software program assists each second grade student in learning math facts. It provides practice in learning addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts, which is important for the students to master as they pursue more advanced study in math.

Easy Access to High School Writing ($14,600)

Improvement of student writing is a key goal for every school. This computer based program provides extensive experience in writing for high school students who seek to improve that critical skill. It provides goal setting opportunities and immediate feedback to students to help gauge improvement. It allows teachers to conference with students, assisting them in setting goals, and increases the volume of the students’ writing.

Elementary Homework Club ($13,380)
At each elementary school, students can meet outside the school day to complete homework with the supervision and support of select teachers. This supports the students’ daily curriculum and the district’s five guiding principles ­ life skills, maximizing learning potential, creating a safe and caring environment, positive and engaging learning experiences, and attention to individual needs and character development.

 Using Picture Books in Writing ($12,022)
Best teaching practices in writing have proven the need to include picture books as the models for student writing in all elementary grades. Picture books provide examples of the type of writing that is expected of our third, fourth, and fifth grade students. The program targets grades 3, 4 and 5 at all elementary schools. Books were purchased to support the writing traits of “Organization and Ideas.”

Challenge Day ($3,500)
A nationally recognized leadership program, Challenge Day was an experiential workshop designed to show what is possible by tearing down the walls of separation. It inspired participants to create an environment of compassion, acceptance, and respect, and to truly “Be the Change” they wish to see in the world. While this grant was directed to Grosse Pointe North, a subsequent grant application was submitted for South; that project will be reflected in next year’s report.

Full Circle Resale Shop ($2,000)

This grant assisted in establishing a business that sells gently used clothing to provide work experience for special education students. The shop experiences help foster a sense of self-worth and independence in young adults with special needs by providing opportunities to function productively in the community and practice real-world job and communication skills.

Chinese Artist Visit ($825)
This visit provided students with a unique opportunity to learn about traditional Chinese art from working artists participating in a cultural exchange program. It was also an opportunity to showcase the GPPSS in a video project with Wayne County officials that may lead to more relocation opportunities for Chinese families and businesses to this area. The class was recorded by filmmaker Miss Xinping Li and her cameraman Tu Wei for broadcast on Chinese television.