DEARBORN, Michigan– At a Kiwanis Club dinner last week, the 50/50 raffle winner contributed her winnings to the evening’s highlighted organization, the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation (DPSEF). This young woman, Amy, is not a Kiwanis Club member or a business owner. She is a server for the O’Kelley Knights of Columbus Hall where the dinner was held. Through her contribution, she showed that all community members have a stake in public education—which remains the community’s most valuable investment in its future.
Amy’s act modeled the message of that evening’s guest speaker, DPSEF Executive Director Eddie Fakhoury, who stressed the importance of grassroots financial investment in the Dearborn Public Schools: Community donors hold the key to growing and sustaining high quality public education.
The DPSEF will leverage Amy’s contribution with those of other like-minded donors, including individuals, businesses, and foundations, to continue growing a supplemental funding source for student materials and projects that would otherwise go unfunded. Over the last 20 years, the DPSEF has provided grants to purchase books, musical instruments, athletic equipment, classroom technology tools, and student entrance into regional competitions in fields as varied as welding and business.
The Dearborn Education Foundation is a licensed 501c3 non-profit that provides grants to fund technology, equipment, and innovative programs for Dearborn Public Schools.