Education foundation grants fund orchestra pedals, D&D supplies and more

Flexible seating in a few classrooms at two elementary buildings, high school orchestra looping pedals and middle school Dungeons & Dragons supplies are among grant requests approved recently by the Lowell Education Foundation.

The LEF awarded 17 teacher requests for funding, totalling nearly $19,800. There was $25,000 available this year, so foundation members are considering leaving the remainder available for projects that come up throughout the school year.

Other grants approved this year included Battle of the Books materials at Murray Lake Elementary, wall TV monitors for high school counselors to meet with students and families, and anxiety-reducing software at the middle school.

Last year the LEF increased the amount of available grant funds to $25,000 from $20,000, because there had been more viable requests than available funds. An additional $3,000 was available because a grant approved last year could not be fulfilled due to building construction.

The foundation has raised more than $350,000 since it was formed in 1995 to help fund efforts not included in the district’s operating budget. Private donations and the Lowell Community Fund help maintain the foundation.

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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 or email Morgan.

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