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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.

The SAF's 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available! View the full report by clicking on 'Annual Report' in the "About Us' menu.

Fourth Annual Stuff the Bus Campaign

Help us to provide 3,000 stuffed backpacks to middle school students from our community. Your donation will help to purchase pencils, pens, notebooks, socks, soap and other needed items that will be included in new backpacks and will be given out to area students on Monday August 12. Click 'Read More' to access the Paypal link to donate today! Donate using Paypal.



Thank you notes from 3rd and 4th graders who went to MSU

Thank you notes from 3rd and 4th graders who went to MSU

Watching the MSU football game


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