Caught in the Act of Giving Back
“Caught in the Act of Giving Back,” was founded by the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education in 2015 in order to recognize student volunteer projects within the district. The intent of this program is to reinforce the importance of giving back to others and to inspire our students to become actively engaged in doing so. The organization that is the primary beneficiary of the winning students’ volunteer efforts receives a financial award.
Entries are submitted by building administrators and the intent is to consider entries in three categories – elementary, middle school and high school, with a winner selected at each level. The level to which the project demonstrated leadership, a commitment to volunteerism, giving back, and community impact were the primary considerations when identifying the project that received recognition this year.
Funding for this program in perpetuity is made possible by the Anne R. Hudson Endowment Fund of the GPFPE, held at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
The 2017 award recipients were honored at the May 8, 2017 Board of Education meeting.
This Year’s Winners:
Defer “Community Warmth Project”
Student Council and teachers Jane Nugent and Trish Gout, organized the school to provide winter wear to those in need, both at Defer and in Detroit. Through their efforts, students were able to donate socks, gloves, mittens and hats to the Eimers Foundation which focuses on helping Detroit’s homeless.
Brownell’s “Wigs4Kids Rubber Duck Race”
Dima Aboukasm, Olivia Frye, and Jada DiVita led by journalism instructor Corey Ernst, sold small rubber ducks to the Brownell student body and the community at large. All the ducks were placed in the Brownell pool for a “race.” As a result of the students’ efforts, over $700 was raised for Wig4Kids.
North Interact Club, “Making Lunches for Homeless Veterans”
This project provided lunches and a note of encouragement to homeless veterans in the tri-county area. The Interact Club raised funds to make over 1,100 lunches for homeless veterans.