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Jimmy's Friendship Fund

Jimmy's Friendship Fund for Students in Need

The East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation has always been about providing outstanding educational opportunities. Now, the Foundation is making sure everyone in our district has access to every opportunity our district has to offer.

Jimmy’s Friendship Fund will provide money to cover immediate needs for families within the district that are experiencing financial difficulties. The funds may be used to cover pay-to-participate expenses for extracurriculars, student activity fees, household needs, or personal needs.

We're calling the fund Jimmy’s Friendship Fund because Jimmy Gerken was a friend to all. Jimmy was an East resident and then staff member with special needs. One of his most famous quotes is his response to someone who was bullying him about his special needs:  “That’s okay," Jimmy said. "I’ll still be your friend.”

School principals will allocate the funds based on needs they see. Families may also contact school principals or the Foundation as needs arise.  

You can donate to Jimmy’s Friendship Fund quickly and easily by visiting our “Donate Now” page and selecting “Jimmy’s Friendship Fund.” Thank you!