LPS teachers surprised by grant awards
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Yoga ball seats, additional technology, Battle of the Books reading materials, STEM and Robotics materials and even a mobile greenhouse are just a few of the items that students in Livonia Public Schools will enjoy, thanks to the generosity of the LPS Education Foundation. 

The Foundation's grant committee received 42 proposals and selected 17 that scored the highest, according to a stringent set of criteria. The grants totaled $31,000 this year and were issued to 24 teachers. 

The grant program, funded through donations to the LPS Education Foundation, has issued $213,000 to 107 teachers since the program began during the 2013-2014 school year. 

To learn more about the LPS Education Foundation, visit www.lpsfoundation.org. 

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Julie Adams, at Holmes Middle School, received a grant for Chromebooks and a charging station!

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John Farkas, teacher at Holmes Middle School, received a grant for new science materials! 

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Frost Middle School teacher Christy Deskovitz received a grant to continue the school's courtyard revitalization project! 

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Riley Upper Elementary Media Specialist Shari Shaw received a grant for a teaching station laptop! 

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Kennedy Elementary teacher Jane Majewski received a grant to add flexible seating and erase-board table tops in her classroom! 

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Kennedy Elementary teacher Jacquie Banner received a grant for a mobile greenhouse! 

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Coolidge and Buchanan elementary art teacher Kellie Stark received a grant to purchase frames and matting for student artwork to be displayed at businesses around the community! 

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Webster and Hayes elementary art teacher Christine Lakatos received a grant to bring artist-in-residence Daniel Dancer to her classes for a five-day program called "Art for the Sky."

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Webster Elementary teacher Natalie Wahl received a grant to add some flexible seating options to her classroom! 

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Franklin High School Orchestra Director Teresa Cirihal received a grant to purchase a high-
quality cello and bow! 

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Hayes Elementary teachers Ryan Krueger, Kelly Thompson, Brenda Kleinow, Elizabeth Bara, 
Mallory DeLuca, Alaina Kennedy and Kristina Zubarev received a grant to bring STEM and 
Robotics materials to their students! 

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Johnson Upper Elementary Media Specialist Sue Bird received a grant to purchase books for 
the school's Battle of the Books program! This is a shared grant with Cooper Upper Elementary.

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Literacy Coach Loren Schnell received a grant to purchase iReady instructional licenses to 
support student achievement! 

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Jackie McPhearson, Great Start Readiness Program preschool teacher at Garfield Community 
School received a grant for a healthy mealtime program! 

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Cooper Upper Elementary Media Specialist Emily Newton received a grant to purchase books 
for the school's Battle of the Books program! This is a shared grant with Johnson Upper Elementary. 

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Cleveland Elementary teacher Heather Brubaker received a grant for flexible seating options 
in he classroom! 

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Dr. Jennifer Clay at Roosevelt Elementary received a grant to purchase iReady instructional 
licenses to support student learning in math!