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GPFPE & GPPSS partner to provide Kids Club Learning Centers during remote/hybrid instruction

GPPSS Press Release

GPFPE utilizes Lois J. Warden Fund for GPPSS Kids Club Centers for remote learning

 

The Grosse Pointe Public Schools System is honored to announce another partnership with the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education (GPFPE) that will truly be “enriching, engaging, inspiring our future.” The GPFPE has generously provided funding from the Lois J. Warden Fund, in an amount not to exceed $66,000, to support the establishment of Kids Club Centers for remote learning. These will help address the needs of elementary students receiving free or reduced lunch, and the elementary school age children of district teachers, while remote and hybrid learning remains in place in Grosse Pointe. 

 

Background

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Grosse Pointe Public School System (GPPSS) Board of Education made a unanimous decision to start the 2020-21 school year in Virtual Learning.  As such, all students have begun the year learning remotely, using technology to connect with teachers and classmates. Many families are challenged to accommodate this arrangement as many parents need to focus on their work responsibilities while at home overseeing their child’s remote learning, and in many cases, parents have returned to their offices and work sites. Many single and dual working parents are struggling to find affordable childcare needed for the start of school. Lower income families, defined as those who qualify for free or reduced lunch (13% of our school population) are disproportionately affected as these individuals are most often unable to work from home, as many are essential and/or are employed in a service industry. Additionally, students whose parents are teachers in the district also find themselves with few affordable options for child care. The district continues to offer child care for school age students during the summer to accommodate working parents at a rate of $240/week - that program continues now during remote learning.

 

Program Details

With GPFPE, GPPSS will provide Kids Club Centers for remote learning to accommodate parents and families with a need for affordable day care during these extraordinary times. Here are highlights:

  • Offer a day care Kids Club Center environment on a limited basis to students with the most need, specifically students who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs or are children of district teachers. They will join those already in the program.
  • Utilize available space at the Poupard and Trombly buildings as Kids Club center sites as both have passed the initial State and Fire Marshal inspections and can accommodate a number of classrooms on the first floor in both buildings.
  • Staff these Kids Club centers for remote learning with current Kids Club staff as well as furloughed district employees with 2 adults for every 10 children per pandemic requirements. No class will exceed 10 children. 
  • Students would still access their regular teachers and classes using technology but would do so under the supervision of the Kids Club staff and paraprofessionals. Additional staff could be hired if needed.
  • Offer a scholarship program based on need where parent cost ranges from $50-$125 per week.
  • Funding will be provided based on the number of students actually enrolled and could be less if demand is less than anticipated. Funding from the Lois J. Warden Fund will serve as seed money for this initiative and will be a catalyst for securing other contributions from the community.

 

Anticipated Duration and Timing

The program is expected to launch within 30 days. The proposed program is expected to last as long as the schools remain on a remote or hybrid learning model. 

 

Other Donors and Fundraising Efforts

The GPFPE and the GPPSS will ask others to help support this program and this at-risk population in our community. Notably, Superintendent Gary Niehaus and his wife Paige have already pledged $5,000 per month to support the program. If you are interested in donating, please visit our website at www.gpfpe.org or contact Karen Lawrence at lawrenk@gpschools.org or 313-432-3058.

 

Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education

The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education [GPFPE], gpfpe.org, is an independent non-profit organization which brings our community together to fund extraordinary educational opportunities for our children. Since 2007, the GPFPE has provided over $3.2M in grants to support a variety of programs and projects at every school and every grade level across the district.

“Since our inception, the GPFPE has worked hard to meet the needs of the district’s children, parents and educators in creative and engaging ways. The current environment has placed extraordinary pressures on our families and school system alike, and the GPFPE is pleased to be able to provide the resources to expand this critically important program and, most importantly, ease the burden on those with the most need,” said Robert Bury, Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education President.  “It is most fitting the Lois J. Warden Fund provides the initial funding, as Lois was a visionary on our board and was dedicated to the enrichment of our elementary aged students. We hope this generous gift from the Warden Fund inspires many others to join in addressing this critical need.”

Application Process

If your child receives a free/reduced lunch rate in the GPPSS district or you are a GPPSS district staff member that would like to send your child to our program, please click on the link below. Upon submission of the survey, your eligibility will be determined and you will receive an email notification. Spots are awarded based on availability and the three criteria below: 

  1. Students receiving Free Lunch Rate within GPPSS
  2. Students receiving Reduced Lunch Rate within GPPSS
  3. Students of GPPSS staff members

 

To Apply for a Scholarship, please visit the following link:

 

Kids Club Scholarship 2020 - 100% Virtual Learning

 

For Press Inquiries, please contact:

GPFPE - President Robert Bury, 313-432-3058, lawrenk@gpschools.org 

GPPSS - Superintendent Gary C. Niehaus, 313-432-3004, niehaug@gpschools.org 

 

For Program Inquiries, please contact:

GPPSS - Crystal Fletcher, 313-432-3009, fletchc@gpschools.org

 

 

GPFPE Release

GROSSE POINTE FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION AND GROSSE POINTE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM TO PARTNER ON KIDS CLUB CENTERS FOR REMOTE LEARNING

Lois J. Warden Fund to Fund Scholarships for At Risk Elementary Aged Children

GROSSE POINTE, MI (22 September 2020) – The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education (GPFPE) is pleased to announce a major grant, in partnership with the Grosse Pointe Public School System (GPPSS), which will support the expansion of Kids Club Centers for remote learning currently operating at Trombly and Poupard buildings, and provide scholarships for at risk elementary aged children and the children of teachers within the district.  Initial funding of up to $66,000 will be provided by the GPFPE’s Lois J. Warden Fund and the GPFPE will seek additional support from community members to fund this important program during these unprecedented times.

 

The GPPSS currently operates Kids Club at Trombly and Poupard, as well as limited pre-school and Head Start programs at Trombly.  Kids Club Centers for remote learning will allow more classrooms to be opened to serve a greater need and will also allow the GPPSS to bring back employees who have been furloughed.

 

“On July 31, 2020, the board made a unanimous decision to start the 2020-21 school year in virtual learning.  While this decision was made with the best interest of all of our families in mind, we also recognize the burden this places on parents and children, especially single and working parents as well as lower income families and essential workers,” said Dr. Gary C. Niehaus, Grosse Pointe Public School System Superintendent.  “We are fortunate to have space available to expand the program and are grateful for an opportunity to put some furloughed staff back to work.  The support of the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education and the Lois J. Warden Fund allows us the opportunity to make the Kids Club Centers for remote learning affordable for families with the most need.”

 

With the initial funding in place, the program is expected to launch within thirty days.  Specific details, including enrollment fees and the application process, will be released by the GPPSS, along with details on the needs based scholarships provided by the GPFPE.  The scope of the program will be based on response to enrollment and is expected to continue until students are back in the classroom for full-time face-to-face learning.

 

“Since our inception, the GPFPE has worked hard to meet the needs of the district’s children, parents and educators in creative and engaging ways.  The current environment has placed extraordinary pressures on our families and school system alike, and the GPFPE is pleased to be able to provide the resources to expand this critically important program and, most importantly, ease the burden on those with the most need,” said Robert Bury, Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education President.  “It is most fitting the Lois J. Warden Fund provides the initial funding, as Lois was a visionary on our board and was dedicated to the enrichment of our elementary aged students. We hope this generous gift from the Warden Fund inspires many others to join in addressing this critical need.”

 

Notably, Dr. Niehaus and his wife Paige have already committed a $5,000 monthly gift. 

For more information on donating to the GPFPE, visit our website at gpfpe.org or contact Karen Lawrence at lawrenk@gpschools.org or 313-432-3058.

 

ABOUT THE GROSSE POINTE FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education [GPFPE], gpfpe.org, is an independent non-profit organization, which brings our community together to fund extraordinary educational opportunities for our children. Since 2007, the GPFPE has provided over $3.2M in grants to support a variety of programs and projects at every school and every grade level across the district.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Robert Bury, GPFPE President, 313-432-3058, lawrenk@gpschools.org

Gary C. Niehaus, GPPSS Superintendent, 313-432-3004, niehaug@gpschools.org 

 

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