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GPPSD Education Foundation supports classroom needs with $62,650 in grants to 14 schools

January 15, 2020

Fourteen schools within the Grande Prairie Public School Division have just received additional funding support from the Grande Prairie Public School District Education Foundation! Each year the Foundation calls for applications for funding aimed at supporting programs and projects that are not covered in regular school budgets but enhance the learning opportunities for our students.

GPPSD Education Foundation is able to offer this support through its fundraising efforts in the community, individual and corporate donations, and partnerships with other community agencies. This year, due to the success of the Strut & Strive Fashion Show for Education held in Nov. 2019, the Foundation has disbursed over double of last year’s funding total.

The Executive Director of the Education Foundation, Laura LaValley, says, “This initiative is something that our Board of Directors gets very excited about. It’s our opportunity to put additional funds into these schools for programs and projects that can often enrich classrooms and give students some really interesting learning opportunities.”

The Executive Director of the Education Foundation, Laura LaValley, says, “This event really helped us not only raise much-needed funding but also bring light to what the GPPSD Education Foundation supports. We were able to showcase the student talent in our Division and show the community how hard we are working to support students!” LaValley says that the funds raised at this event will go directly into the classrooms through their Annual School Grants Program, where teachers are able to make funding requests for classroom needs.

The GPPSD Education Foundation plans to make this an annual fundraiser and wishes to thank the many contributors and volunteer organizing committee for the many hours that went into planning a successful event.

The Education Foundation granted $62,650 to 14 schools through 26 different initiatives in the Division this month. Initiatives include:

  • Alexander Forbes School – Seven Sacred Teachings - $4,750
  • Aspen Grove School – Health & Wellness Events - $2,500
  • Avondale School – Literacy enhancement materials, occupational therapy tool kit and whiteboards - $3,000
  • Charles Spencer High School – Mental Health Mondays, Maverick radio station hardware, High School First Responders Program and Skills Competition- $6,400
  • Crystal Park School – Alternative and flexible seating - $5,000
  • Derek Taylor Public School – Gymnasium sound system - $1,700
  • Ecole Montrose – Robotics and coding kit, mental health programming - $3,400
  • Grande Prairie Composite High School – High School First Responder Program - $4,250
  • GPPSD Music Department – New musical instruments - $6,000
  • Hillside Community School – iPad - $5,200
  • IV Macklin Public School – Coding learning materials – $2,450
  • Maude Clifford Public School – Ringette equipment, frisbees, and calming room equipment - $3,200
  • Parkside Montessori – Entrepreneurial showcase and musical instruments - $2,450
  • Roy Bickell Public School – Technology upgrades - $10,000
  • Swanavon School – multi-sensory environment equipment and levelled reading sets - $2,350

The GPPSD Education Foundation’s School Grant Program is something that directly aligns with the mandate of the organization. Foundation Chairperson, Angus Sutherland says his Board is very passionate about this. “Our Foundation does a lot of great work for our students. We have a great discussion and take the process seriously. We know the impact of our decisions affects students and it feels good to help as much as we can.”