GPFPE Receives Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Grant From the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education (GPFPE) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Grosse Pointe Community Assets at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The grant will support the expansion of The Leader in Me program in Grosse Pointe elementary schools during the 2018-2019 school year and will positively impact more than 1,665 students by developing and teaching elementary students life skills such as leadership, responsibility, accountability, problem solving, adaptability, effective communication, and more.

The Leader in Me is currently fully utilized in three Grosse Pointe elementary schools and is rolling out to three more elementary schools this fall. The program utilizes Baldridge quality tools, FranklinCovey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and several other educational best practices. The Leader in Me was specifically mentioned in the GPPSS Strategic Plan as a program that helped create a culture of character building for students.According to Dr. Gary Niehaus, Superintendent, “GPPSS wants our students to think globally while acting locally. The Leader in Me program will provide the foundation for our GPPSS students to be prepared for their future global endeavors.”

The GPFPE is grateful for the generous donation from The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and for their continued support of GPPSS students and their future. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs in the seven counties of southeast Michigan. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan honor Mr. Wilson’s charitable legacy by supporting efforts across the region in caregiving, design & access, and youth sports, as well as for community assets in Mr. Wilson’s home community of Grosse Pointe. For more information, please visit

The GPFPE continues to seek financial support for The Leader in Me and many other impactful academic and educational enrichment programs. To make a gift please contact Karen Lawrence at [email protected] or at 313-432-3058. You can also visit the GPFPE website at for more information.