Spring Grants Bring Visit from Rapper-Poet, Arts-related Activities

The Grandville Education Foundation has helped provide students with extraordinary experiences

A meditation and writing lesson from a West Michigan rapper-poet, physical education classes that integrate music and movement for special-needs students, and a machine that will introduce hundreds of high school students to printmaking were three of a dozen efforts funded recently by the Grandville Education Foundation (GEF).

The total grant payout was $12,038.73, and award amounts ranged from $200 to $2,400. Executive Director Marcia Force said the most recent cycle’s award amounts were higher than normal, and “we hope to have the trend continue and see the staff utilizing the funds available.”

High school art teacher Derek Johnson said some 300 students a year in grades 9-12 will have access to an etching machine the school was able to buy because of the grant.

Students can use skills developed on the machine to participate in regional, state and national competitions and to advance their portfolios for art school admission, Johnson said. “I am excited for the chance to grow the visibility of Grandville students’ talent throughout the region.”

The GEF, which has awarded more than $210,000 in grants, is funded through private donors and businesses. Its largest fundraiser is the Taste of Grandville, and second-largest is its annual appeal letter.

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Grandville Education Foundation Spring 2016 Grants

Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio

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