Grosse Ile residents are proud of the excellent educational opportunities available through its schools and community organizations. Often there are enrichment programs or projects that particular schools, teachers or organizations would like to offer that their budget does not support.
The Grosse Ile Educational Foundation provides funding for these activities and strives to continue to improve the level of education offered to the children and adults in our community. To date, GIEF has funded more than $1,000,000 in educational grants.
Kurt Kobiljak, president of GIEF, visited all four GI schools to deliver checks totaling over $36,000 to symbolize the commitment of the Grosse Ile Educational Foundation to fund the grants submitted since the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year:
$18,002 for High School SAT Prep Program, submitted by Paul Szymanski, Principal of GIHS. Objectives of the SAT Prep Program include familiarizing students with the SAT test, improving test taking and problem solving skills and increasing the baseline SAT scores on average by 150 points.
$6,800 to help cover the start-up costs to expand the Wired Devils Robotics program to Meridian Elementary School. This grant was written by Wired Devil coaches, Nick Battishill, teacher at GIHS, and Yi-Chia Schmaeman. The money will go toward laptops, joy-stick controls, safety supplies, playing field builds and training.
$4,390 to continue the WEB Program at the GI Middle School for the 2016-2017 school year, submitted by Susan Dusute, teacher at GIMS. The Web Program is a peer mentoring program where members of the eighth grade class go through extensive training to become role models, motivators and teachers for the sixth grade students. WEB creates an environment where all students feel connected, thereby creating an atmosphere free from bullying and intimidation.
$1,350 to fund STEM activities at Meridian Elementary School. This grant was submitted by Michele Barringer, third grade teacher at Meridian, but will be utilized by all teachers at the school. This creative program incorporates science, technology, engineering and math in multi-age groupings throughout the school. All students ages 3-5 will participate in small groups of six to solve real world challenges. STEM activities foster discovery and encourage children to build and use math and science skills in other areas of their lives.
$1,295 for the grant written by Meridian Principal, Joseph Reimann, along with teachers, Derek Kruslemsky, Pam Schiesel, Nora Kowalski and Nichole Payne to fund a web-based curricular program called Mobymax. This program will enhance the ability to meet the needs of every learner at Meridian through enrichment practice or remediation. Because it is a web-based program, students may also access their accounts from home, allowing additional practice time beyond the school day
$1,000 to fund a grant written by Andrea Allen to furnish the Sensory Room. The objective of the Sensory Room is to provide a place for students with special needs to have a safe, comfortable place to go when they need a break from their current environment. Research shows students who work on sensory deficits improve language and communication, focus/attention and are able to be more successful within their school environment.
$768 to fund the grant written by Nancy Pilkington for a one-year subscription to Scholastic Magazine for all first grade students. Scholastic News Magazine fulfills an important area for first grade students with nonfiction skills and themes. The science and social studies content is timely and at a first grade level but progresses and develops as the student does throughout the year.
$1,640.95 to fund a grant written by Parke Lane Elementary School second grade teachers Annette Ader, Tina Kehoe, Melissa Morin, Kristen Sitek, and Larry Swick to purchase materials to supplement the second grade math program.
$615 to fund the Middle School clay art program. Casey Irvine, MS art teacher, submitted this grant because she believes working with clay allows the seventh and eighth grade students to have a 3D experience that encourages creativity with a unique learning opportunity.
The Grosse Ile Educational Foundation, Inc. is a volunteer, non-profit 501 (c)3 organization. Money is raised through donations, sponsorships and attendance of yearly fundraisers. The next event is the “Hawaiian Bash” scheduled for May 13 at Centennial Farm in Grosse Ile. Hawaiian food and beverages will be served while listening to live island music by a steel drum band.
If you would like to sponsor the event or would like more information on GIEF and our fundraising events, please call Jackie DeSana at (734) 934-4786. You can also visit the GIEF website at www.gieduca-tionalfoundation.org or visit the organization’s Facebook page.