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SAF Board Chair Deb Bailey accepts a gift to the SAF from the MSU Club of West Michigan. Thank you for your support!

SAF Treasurer Carla Grant poses with MSU Coach Tom Izzo at the Steve Smith Charity Challenge Golf Outing.

Not Just a Day of Golf!

The Michigan State University Club of West Michigan will hold their 16th annual Steve Smith Charity Challenge on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Egypt Valley Country Club. Each year, Steve Smith returns to Grand Rapids to share his spirit, generosity and loyalty to the West Michigan Spartans.

The SAF is hiring!

Want to join the Student Advancement Foundation team? We're hiring a Part-time Office Administrative Assistant!

Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation Position Description

Part-Time Office Administrative Assistant

MindShare Raises $260,000+

Student Advancement Foundation’s Annual MindShare Gala Fundraiser Raises $260,000+ for Grand Rapids Students

Attention Online Shoppers!

Do you love the Student Advancement Foundation? Do you love to shop online? Amazon makes it easy to give back! They’ve launched AmazonSmile, a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of the eligible products to the charitable organization that you select.

Stuff the Bus

Six years ago, Amway, Fifth Third Bank and Meijer recognized a need – many area middle school students were not coming to school on the first day ready to learn.  These students couldn’t afford basic school supplies and personal care items necessary to be successful in middle school.  Quickly joined by Craig’s Cruisers, Dean Transportation and Cintas, Stuff the Bus was born.

A Lasting Legacy

It is impossible to measure the impact of Peter and Joan Secchia’s investment in the SAF on the students of Grand Rapids over the years. As a founding member and former board president, Joan recognized a need in our community and stepped up to help. Joan helped build the Foundation into a vibrant entity supporting the children of Grand Rapids Public Schools through five areas of impact. The SAF’s mission became Joan’s as well: to ensure all GRPS students have the tools and experiences they need to learn.

A Serious Case of Stage Might

Emonne is a third-grader at Coit Creative Arts Academy in Grand Rapids.  With a vivacious personality and love of  acting, Emonne was chosen as one of twenty Coit students to learn from the best theater instructors in town at the Civic School for the Theatre Arts.  This year-long curriculum, known as Civic’s Theatre Wheel, teaches three sessions, including:  Scene Study, Characterization and Improv.

Meet Marissa: a GRPS superstar!

“I was such a different person than I was before I went [to Summer Scholars.]”

Marissa is a junior at Innovation Central High School in Grand Rapids Public Schools.  She is a good student and wants to succeed.  She dreams of going to college.


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