GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - West Michigan's largest school system is getting a $445,000donation from the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation to continue thedistrict's relationship with the University of Pittsburgh'sInstitute for Learning.
The donation was accepted by the board of Grand Rapids PublicSchools on Monday night.
The "effort-based" learning program is about "the belief thatchildren are not born smart -- that they can become smart througheffort, through setting clear expectations, setting highexpectations and working with instructors, with students," GRPSspokesman John Helmholdt said. "And they're speaking the samelanguage."
The Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation provided initial funds tostart the program three years ago and the new money will provideanother three years of life for the program, district officialssaid.
GRPS board members accepted other donations Monday night,including a $462,400 donation from the Student AdvancementFoundation.
The district will use that money for laptop computers forstudents who took part in a summer school program led by LighthouseCommunities called Believe2Become.
Some on the board asked why administrators did not tell boardmembers about GRPS' involvement with the program. SuperintendentBernard Taylor said the district does not operate the program butis using its resources to distribute the laptops to the summerprogram students, who are also GRPS students.
The district has many partnerships, Taylor said, and if theboard wants to know about each of them, he'll provide thatinformation.
A Believe2Become community planning meeting is set for 5:30 p.m.Aug. 26 at Gerald R. Ford Middle School, 851 Madison Ave. SE.
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