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Counting Down the Top 40 Foundation Grants of All Time #34: High School Lunchroom Transformation

photo of ping pong in high school lunchroom

Walk through the East Grand Rapids High School cafeteria and you’ll hear some new sounds: ping pong balls bouncing, foosball rods spinning, air hockey pucks clicking. 

They’re all part of a Foundation grant from last year that funded new game tables as part of a lunchroom revitalization. 

You’ll hear some other sounds that had been absent from the cafeteria for a while, too: laughter, chatter, socializing, fun. 

Just last year, the cafeteria had been a quiet, empty, mostly unused space. But combined with the restoration of the school’s hot lunch program, it’s been brought back to life. 

Thank you, Foundation donors, for making this possible! You can help support our mission of investing in educational enhancements for all our students on our website,

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