GROSSE POINTE FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION AND GROSSE POINTE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM TO PARTNER ON KIDS CLUB CENTERS FOR REMOTE LEARNING
Lois J. Warden Fund to Fund Scholarships for At Risk Elementary Aged Children
GROSSE POINTE, MI (22 September 2020) – The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education (GPFPE) is pleased to announce a major grant, in partnership with the Grosse Pointe Public School System (GPPSS), which will support the expansion of Kids Club Centers for remote learning currently operating at Trombly and Poupard buildings, and provide scholarships for at risk elementary aged children and the children of teachers within the district. Initial funding of up to $66,000 will be provided by the GPFPE’s Lois J. Warden Fund and the GPFPE will seek additional support from community members to fund this important program during these unprecedented times.
The GPPSS currently operates Kids Club at Trombly and Poupard, as well as limited pre-school and Head Start programs at Trombly. Kids Club Centers for remote learning will allow more classrooms to be opened to serve a greater need and will also allow the GPPSS to bring back employees who have been furloughed.
“On July 31, 2020, the board made a unanimous decision to start the 2020-21 school year in virtual learning. While this decision was made with the best interest of all of our families in mind, we also recognize the burden this places on parents and children, especially single and working parents as well as lower income families and essential workers,” said Dr. Gary C. Niehaus, Grosse Pointe Public School System Superintendent. “We are fortunate to have space available to expand the program and are grateful for an opportunity to put some furloughed staff back to work. The support of the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education and the Lois J. Warden Fund allows us the opportunity to make the Kids Club Centers for remote learning affordable for families with the most need.”
With the initial funding in place, the program is expected to launch within thirty days. Specific details, including enrollment fees and the application process, will be released by the GPPSS, along with details on the needs based scholarships provided by the GPFPE. The scope of the program will be based on response to enrollment and is expected to continue until students are back in the classroom for full-time face-to-face learning.
“Since our inception, the GPFPE has worked hard to meet the needs of the district’s children, parents and educators in creative and engaging ways. The current environment has placed extraordinary pressures on our families and school system alike, and the GPFPE is pleased to be able to provide the resources to expand this critically important program and, most importantly, ease the burden on those with the most need,” said Robert Bury, Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education President. “It is most fitting the Lois J. Warden Fund provides the initial funding, as Lois was a visionary on our board and was dedicated to the enrichment of our elementary aged students. We hope this generous gift from the Warden Fund inspires many others to join in addressing this critical need.”
Notably, Dr. Niehaus and his wife Paige have already committed a $5,000 monthly gift.
ABOUT THE GROSSE POINTE FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION
The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education [GPFPE], gpfpe.org, is an independent non-profit organization, which brings our community together to fund extraordinary educational opportunities for our children. Since 2007, the GPFPE has provided over $3.2M in grants to support a variety of programs and projects at every school and every grade level across the district.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Robert Bury, GPFPE President, 313-432-3058, [email protected]
Gary C. Niehaus, GPPSS Superintendent, 313-432-3004, [email protected]