Even before he became the winner of the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation (DPSEF) $25,000 BIG SHOT 50/50 Raffle, Bob Mundt knew what he was going to do if his ticket was selected. Mundt, and his wife Mary Beth, made the decision, that if they were the winners, they would donate the money back to the Foundation.
Moments after their big win at the Foundation’s annual Mardi Gras fundraiser on February 12, Mr. Mundt was asked why he decided to donate this large gift to DPSEF, Bob replied with conviction, “Because there is no better organization to help support our community and our children than the Dearborn Education Foundation”.
At the start of the 2012-13 school year Dearborn Education Foundation Executive Director, Eddie N. Fakhoury secured a $10,000 grant from PNC Bank’s Foundation. The money was dedicated to support pre-K programs in the Dearborn Public Schools.
Over the course of this school year several areas of the pre-K program have received support, for example the purchase of i-Pads and Alpha Friend Kits. Another important area that benefits from the grant is Professional Development for instructors.
In January of this year Dearborn was home to a state-wide pre-K development conference. Without this funding it would have been nearly impossible for instructors to attend and benefit from the information provided, even with the event being held right in their own backyard. However, the funding provided by PNC ensured that Dearborn’s pre-K teachers would be at the forefront of this Professional Development experience.
How does a business truly make an impact in the community they serve? For DFCU the answer comes with a ten year, $100,000 partnership with the Dearborn Education Foundation (DEF).
A decade ago the DFCU leadership team decided to make a strong commitment to education in the Dearborn community. A milestone in that commitment was realized when Ms. Theresa Fox, Ms. Caryn Solferino and the rest of the DFCU team presented Dearborn Education Foundation, Executive Director Eddie N. Fakhoury with their annual $10,000 check placing them at the $100,000 level of giving.
At the start of the school year the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation (DPSEF) announced a partnership with Ford Motor Co. Fund to replace and renew computers in Dearborn Center for Math, Science & Technology’s computer lab. This investment rejuvenated a flagship program of the Dearborn Public Schools that produces students who go on to Yale, MIT, Harvard and many other local and national institutions. The select groups of students that go through this program have chosen to pursue high tech fields of study in areas of engineering, various areas of technology, biology and physics. So how has this investment impacted the learning environment of the teachers and students…
DEARBORN, Mich. – Funding Opportunities & Resources in Education hit its mark again this year. F.O.R.E. Dearborn, a signature community event Co-Chaired by Dearborn’s Mayor O’Reilly and the Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools Brian Whiston, is fast becoming the City of Dearborn’s strongest fundraiser for the school district.
The first one is complete. Nowlin Elementary has the first classroom to reap the benefit of the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation’s (DPSEF) Adopt-A-Classroom Program, which focuses on equipping Dearborn Public School classrooms with necessary technology.
Dearborn Rotary helped to initiate the program in partnership with DPSEF to fund Ms. Gayle’s room at Nowlin with an interactive Promethean Board.