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    The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3 educational resource founded in 1985. It is separate from the Grass Lake Community Schools and the Grass Lake Board of Education. The GLEF exists to provide additional sources of support for the students and staff of Grass Lake Community Schools. The GLEF Board meets monthly to discuss fundraising opportunities, current business, and to award mini-grants to staff members. If you have questions, or you would like to make a donation, please call GLEF Executive Director Dr. Ryle Kiser at 517-867-5540.

    2019-2020 GLEF Board of Directors
    President - Heidi McKenzie
    Vice President - Mark Burnett
    Secretary - George McKenzie 
    Treasurer - Bev Mattinson
    Trustee - Ben Dandrow 
    Trustee - Craig Vitale 
    Trustee - Kimberly Seaburg
    Executive Director: Dr. Ryle Kiser

    Correspondences can be sent to:
    Grass Lake Educational Foundation 
    PO Box 394
    Grass Lake, MI 49240

    Send E-Mail Inquiries to: glef1985@gmail.com

    Foundation Announcements

    GLEF Teacher Grants Awarded
    Thank you to our Grass Lake Educational Foundation (GLEF) board members for awarding the following funding amounts to our teachers through the GLEF Teacher Grant Program. 

    2018 Festival of Tables Successful

    Along with our auction donors and our participants, a special "Thank You" goes out to the sponsors of the 2018 Grass Lake Educational Foundation "Festival of Tables" for helping to make this year's fundraiser so successful. Your support will go directly toward supporting our students in their class room achievement. 
    5 Healthy Towns Foundation - 5healthytowns.org
    American Office Solutions - www.getaos.com
    Stowe Insurance Agency - https://bit.ly/2PImtDD
    Centennial Dental Lab - http://www.centennialdentallab.com/
    Comerica Bank - https://locations.comerica.com/location/grass-lake
    Grass Lake Medical Center - grasslakemedicalcenter.com
    Stoker Tax & Accounting, LLC - https://stokertaxaccounting.com/
    Stone's 1 Stop Auto Shop - 
    Kelly Express Mart - Mobil - https://kellyexpressmart.com/our-locations/


    2018 FOT Sponsors

    Mid-Summer Meet Up of the GLMS Summer Book Club -
    Our Grass Lake Middle School now has a Summer Book Reading Club, whose members came together for a book talk recently. Club advisor Mrs. Burg described the meeting....."It was a beautiful night to dip your toes in the lake and talk about books. We had a great time splashing around and discussing "Brown Girl Dreaming", "Not If I Save You First", "Smart Cookie", and "Echo". We also started planning lunch time book clubs for the up coming school year, with students taking on leadership roles. Next up is "Short", "The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora), and "Scar Island" with ice cream sundaes on Friday, August 24th, right after school." The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is proud to have participated in the funding of this project. 

    GLMS Summer Reading Club

    "Thank You!" to Our Sponsors of the 2018 GLEF "On Tap & Uncorked" Event -

    2018 On Tap Sponsors


    The GLEF Board Invites You to Participate -

    The GLEF Board of Directors invites all individuals who are interested in supporting the Foundation with their decisions toward funding programs that support the improvement of student achievement to attend any, or all, of our Board meetings. You would have the option of sitting on specific committees to contribute to conversations, or becoming a full voting member of the GLEF Board. If you are interested in participating with Grass Lake Educational Foundation activities, contact GLEF Board President Ben Dandrow at brdrow@aol.com, or attend any GLEF meeting on the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM in the George Long Elementary School Media Center.

    The GLEF Awards Teachers Through Their Educator Grant Program
    The Grass Lake Educational Foundation’s purpose is to provide optimal funding to support our educators in their ability to enhance achievement for our students. Illustrated below are the grants that were awarded to our teachers for their projects during the 2017-2018 school year. If you are interested in participating in GLEF activities, contact GLEF President Heidi McKenzie.


    The GLEF Funds Successful Reading Program at Grass Lake Middle School 

    Read to Them Logo The "Read to Them" helps schools implement a "One School, One Book" program to encourage and enable reading together at home by providing every school with tools, resources, guidance, and support. Grass Lake Middle School teacher Joanna Botte initiated a Grass Lake Middle School "Read to Them" program by writing for and receiving a grant from the Grass Lake Educational Foundation for funding, and implemented the program this past fall. Recently Ms. Botte's GLMS program was highlighted in the "Read to Them" spring newsletter. Thank you to Ms. Botte for implementing this program for our students, and thanks to The Grass Lake Educational Foundation for funding it. Go to https://bit.ly/2JF4NmB to see the newsletter review. You can see the entire "Read to Them" spring newsletter by going tohttps://bit.ly/2EFRGOq.


    On Tap ad The Grass Lake Educational Foundation's "On Tap & Uncorked" Event Was a Huge Success
    Thank you to everyone who participated and donated items for the GLEF's Third Annual On Tap & Uncorked event that was held in Grass Lake's beautiful Lost Railway Museum on Friday, May 18, 2018. Proceeds went toward supporting our teachers and students at Grass Lake Community Schools. 



    "THANK YOU!" To Our 2017 Festival of Tables Sponsors
    These 13 businesses and organizations came forward to sponsor our 2017 Grass Lake Educational Foundation's Festival of Tables fundraiser that was held Saturday, October 21, at Grass Lake High School. We appreciate their generosity and support. With their support, along with our many other donors and contributors, the Festival of Tables was a wonderful success. Proceeds will allow us to continue to support "Our Schools, Our Students, Our Educators". 
    Centennial Dental Lab - Grass Lake
    State Farm Insurance - Susan Cobb-Starrett Agency - Ann Arbor
    The Dahlem Conservancy - Jackson
    The 5 Healthy Towns Foundation - Chelsea
    The Village of Grass Lake Downtown Development Authority - Grass Lake
    The Grass Lake Alumni Association - Grass Lake
    The Roaming Goat Coffee Shop - Grass Lake
    Chelsea Family Dentistry - Chelsea
    Stone's 1 Stop Auto Shop - Grass Lake
    MEEMIC Insurance - Stowe Agency - Jackson
    The Grass Lake High School Class of 1986 - Grass Lake
    Stoker Tax & Accounting - Grass Lake
    SMY Mini-Mart/Buddy's - Grass Lake

    The GLEF's Recent Giving Record -
    Since the year 2009, the GLEF has awarded $53,779.76 for classroom objectives for our students through mini teacher grants. In year 2012, the GLEF began awarding scholarships to Grass Lake High School graduating seniors. Since beginning this effort, $12,500 has been provided to graduates of Grass Lake High School pursuing degrees.

    2017 "On Tap & Uncorked" A Huge Success
    Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2nd Annual "On Tap and Uncorked" benefit for the Grass Lake Educational Foundation. And also to our many sponsors and donors who made the event possible. Your attendance and generosity is appreciated and supports the Foundation's mission to continue to fund Grass Lake Community Schools classroom needs for our students, as well as funding scholarships for our graduating seniors. Our sponsors: The Brass Stag Pub, the Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, the Roaming Goat, Barney's Family Diner, Sandhill Crane Vineyards, Ghostrider DJ Services, State Farm Insurance-Susan Cobb-Starrett Agency, Dale Fisher Heliphoto/ Dale Fisher Galleries, InMarketNow, B&G Landscape Creations, Cevin's Collision, Sherwood Funeral Home, and Centennial Dental Lab. Thank you all!

    Tax-Deductible Donations Can Be Made to the GLEF by mailing to:
    Grass Lake Educational Foundation
    P.O. Box 394
    Grass Lake, Michigan 49240

    Alumni and Public Are Invited to Make Donations to the Educational Foundation
    The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is established to provide supplemental funding to Grass Lake educational programs that will enhance the academic achievement of our students. Thousands of dollars from contributors are expended yearly toward this mission. The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and, as such, donations qualify as charitable contributions on both the Michigan and Federal income tax returns. Checks should be made payable to the Grass Lake Educational Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 394, Grass Lake MI 49240. Contact the Foundation's Executive Director Dr. Ryle Kiser with questions at 517-867-5540.


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