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Spring fundraising campaign generates nearly $240,000 for East Grand Rapids Public Schools

Twice a year, the Foundation Board meets to consider grant proposals submitted by teachers, students, and community members. This spring's meeting was particularly interesting.

Natalie Fratto '08 has a burgeoning career in venture capital and tech banking. She's come a long way since her first job at Jersey Junction had her smelling like waffle cones all summer.

The grant will fund additions to classroom libraries in language arts classrooms in all three grades at the middle school.

East alum Erika Wozniak '00 was chosen as the American Federation of Teachers “Everyday Hero” Award winner in 2016. Her advice to young Pioneers? Lead with intention.

The Foundation and the middle school's Champions of Diversity Committee are teaming up to provide diversity training for students.

Katie (Pantlind) Michell's 1991 graduating class had only 130 students, one of the smallest in the school's history. Today she's back at the high school, teaching English and running the East Vision newspaper. "Keep your eyes and ears open to where you can best use your talents," she says. "If it’s here, then great."

Dave Snyder '86 is a chef and the owner of the Halyard Restaurant Group in St. Simon's Island, Georgia. His advice on how to get ahead is pretty simple: Work harder than the next guy.

What does it look like to be an elementary student in Haiti? Thanks to the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation and the William O. VandenBerg Scholarship, two Breton teachers are about to find out firsthand.

To find out about some of the exciting things happening in our schools, visit the East Grand Rapids page on the School News Network.