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In March, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order closing schools for a three-week period in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. That order was then extended through the end of the school year.

A survey revealed that 30% of student households did not have a reliable computer and/or internet access, making distance learning challenging for students. Developing a Continuity of Learning Plan which involved computer distribution, iPads and hotspots, GRPS and the GRPS Foundation called on the community for support.

Our great philanthropic community responded! In total, Grand Rapids Public Schools and the GRPS Foundation were able to raise more than $530,000 to support distance learning and address inequitable access to devices and internet. This quick response, by generous supporters, ensured students could continue their education throughout the shutdown.

The Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation (GRPSF) announces the appointment of Greg McAleenan as Interim Director of Great Sports, Great Kids.

A Harvard Medical School graduate’s homecoming to West Michigan is expanding Metro Health – University of Michigan Health’s expertise in gastroenterology while strengthening an innovative regional approach to cancer treatment. An alumna of Grand Rapids Public Schools City High, where she was valedictorian, Antonia Henry, MD, is an expert in a wide range of colon and rectal surgical procedures.

The Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation exists solely to bring individuals, organizations, and the community together to help meet the needs of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

What must it feel like to be a book, held by a reader and to hear your words spoken aloud?

The Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation (GRSAF) is thrilled to announce the recent appointment of four new members to our board of directors. The new appointments are Dr. Raki Pai of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, Gretchen Mousel of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, Misty Stanton of ...

City Built Brewing Company is celebrating the new school year with a Back to School Night and donating a portion of their sales to the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation! Back to School Night will be held on Wednesday, September 25 from 6PM - 9PM. GRPS Superintendent, Ron Gorman will ...

GR8 Sports, Great Kids, is thrilled to announce our selection as the Aspen Institute’s 2019 Project Play Champion. This honor is part of a cohort of organizations making new, meaningful commitments to health and wellness in alignment with the strategies of Project Play. A national campaign, The Aspen Institute’s Project ...

We were so excited to have been invited to share our thoughts on school foundations with Lambert's Joe DiBenendetto. On this episode of the Purposeful Pitch, our Executive Director, Sally Andreatta, joins Joe in discussing why it's paramount to the success of school districts for its communities to get to ...

Author Peter H. Reynolds book The Dot Another exciting and successful Good Things Happen to Readers is in the books! Through a generous gift from Laurie Huizenga, a visionary and a former teacher, Good things Happen to Readers was created specifically to encourage early reading. Now celebrating its sixth year, ...

Take a journey into literacy through the eyes of a book! The ability to read and write effectively empowers students to become more confidently engaged with the world around them. Through Literacy focused instruction, the goals of reading, writing, understanding and teaching will also inspire a true love for reading ...

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