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Grass Lake Educational Foundation
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational resource founded in 1985. It is separate from the Grass Lake Community Schools and the Grass Lake Board of Education. The GLEF exists to provide additional sources of support for the students and staff of Grass Lake Community Schools. The GLEF Board meets monthly to discuss fundraising opportunities, current business, and to award mini-grants to staff members. If you have questions, or you would like to make a donation, please call GLEF Executive Director Dr. Ryle Kiser at 517-867-5540.

2016-2017 Board of Directors
President - Ben Dandrow; Vice President - Susan Cobb-Starrett​
Treasurer - George McKenzie
Trustee - Kelsey Gilbert; Trustee - Mark Burnett; Trustee - Craig Vitale
Trustee - Heidi McKenzie; Trustee - Bev Mattinson
Ex-Officios: Janey Bisard; Doug Moeckel
​Executive Director: Dr. Ryle Kiser

Correspondences can be sent to:
Grass Lake Educational Foundation 
PO Box 394
Grass Lake, MI 49240

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Foundation Announcements
Craig Vitale Joins GLEF Board of Directors
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Grass Lake parent Craig Vitale has joined the GLEF Board of Directors as a voting member. Craig was elected to the Board by a unanimous vote at the Board's meeting on Wednesday, August 31. Craig and his wife Jennifer have three children in the Grass Lake School District and he is a teacher in the Columbia Central School District. The GLEF Board appreciates Craig's volunteerism toward helping the Foundation provide funding for our school district's students.
Inaugural "Tapped and Uncorked" Event a Success
On Friday, May 20, the Educational Foundation Board sponsored its inaugural "Tapped and Uncorked" fundraiser at the Whistlestop Depot. It was a wonderful social event that successfully raised money for our Grass Lake students.

Special thanks to Tom Nolte for allowing us to use the Depot building, to Chelsea Alehouse Brewery (, Sandhill Crane Vineyards (, the staff of Susan Cobb-Starrett State Farm Insurance (, and Joe DeBoe ( for providing the beverages, food, and music for the event.

And thank you to everyone who attended this event. It was great seeing you. We look forward to doing it again.

George McKenzie Named to GLEF Board
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is proud to announce that Mr. George McKenzie has been voted onto the GLEF Board of Directors by a unanimous vote of the Board at their regular meeting on Thursday, May 19. Mr. McKenzie is an engineer with Consumers Energy in Jackson. The Board is pleased to acquire Mr. McKenzie's input as it moves forward to support our students and teachers.
2015-2016 GLEF Grant Awards
Terri Burg - March Book Madness - $120.15
Stephanie Hoppe - Full Size Skeleton Model - $535.00
Lisa Malmo - Mathletics 4th and 5th Grade Math - $579.70
Middle School Lighthouse Team - Lead creating a culture of leaders - $525.00
Sandy Wolfinger - US history - $290.00
Sandy Wolfinger - Jr Scholastic Magazine - $312.29
Becky McEldery - Enhancing Literacy for Daily 5 - $197.94
Jennifer Taylor - Starting with STEM in K - $1,527.89
Mike Arbuckle - STEM education - $5,677.70
Upcoming expenditures - $2,500 (
$500 Scholarships to Five (5) Successful Senior Candidates)
Thank You to our 2015 "Festival of Tables" Sponsors!
Click on the individual logos to access each sponsor's website................

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Grass Lake Educational Foundation's "Festival of Tables" on October 24, 2015. The proceeds earned from your generosity will go directly toward supporting Grass Lake students in their education. Special thanks to auctioneer Loren Heller for volunteering his time to support our mission, and to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to help make it a success.
Heidi McKenzie Elected to GLEF Board of Directors
At the Grass Lake Educational Foundation Board's September 10 meeting Grass Lake community member and parent Heidi McKenzie was unanimously elected to become a member of the GLEF Board of Directors. Heidi brings foundation knowledge with her, along with energy and pragmatic thinking. We welcome Heidi to the Board and thank her for her service.
Tax-Deductible Donations Can Be Made to the GLEF
PO Box 394
Grass Lake, MI 49240
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational resource founded in 1985. It is separate from the Grass Lake Community Schools and the Grass Lake Board of Education. The GLEF exists to provide additional sources of support for the students and staff of Grass Lake Community Schools.
Dr. Ryle Kiser
Grass Lake Educational Foundation 2015 Grant Awards
2014-2015 GLEF Grants
1st Grade STEM - $30
5th Grade Percussion (marimba) - $3,640
K-5 Tier 3 & K-3 Special Education - $3,000
3rd Grade STEM - $825
K-5 Elementary Fitness & PE - $1,800
7th & 8th Grade STEM – 3D Design - $140
Middle School MathCounts - $425
K-5 Tier 3 Reading - $640
5th Grade Books - $645
Middle School Social Studies Magazines - $265
Middle School LEAD – Leadership - $500
Middle School ELA – Books - $1,500
K-5 Phys Ed Curriculum Course - $1,525
7th–12th Grade Band – Pre-Festival Guest Judge $150

Thank You to the Grass Lake Community and the Greater Grass Lake Area
Once again the Grass Lake Educational Foundation’s “Festival of Tables” was a huge success! The success of this event is a testimonial to the Grass Lake Community and the wonderful support the Foundation receives from people who live here. The 2014 “Festival of Tables” surpassed all past festivals in attendance, sponsorships, and monetary donations. The silent and live auction items were of great variety and uniqueness. Mr. Tim Bos entertained the crowd with his unique auctioneering style! The dinner, catered by Wesley’s Catering, was absolutely delicious. Tables were decorated in a variety of stylish, whimsical, and outlandish designs! This year the “spear” was passed from last year’s table design winner, Blue Spruce Dentistry, to this year’s winner, B & G Landscape Creations.

Now that this major event is over the Grass Lake Educational Foundation will be busy providing mini-grants to teachers, purchasing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) materials, assisting with the financial backing to provide STEM academies and summer opportunities, and supporting other worthwhile programs for students including, RTI (Response to Intervention), Energizing Education, wellness initiatives, fine arts, athletics, technology and scholarships for deserving seniors.

The Grass Lake Educational Foundation exists for one reason, and that is to enhance the opportunities for the students of Grass Lake Community Schools. The “Festival of Tables” is held solely to support the Foundation’s mission. Thank you Grass Lake community for helping attain these goals. See you next year!
Do you have a talent or a skill that you would like to share with Grass Lake students, but you need funding to make it happen. Investigate the granting opportunity presented by the Copper Nail and the Grass Lake Educational Foundation. The focus of the grant application is to provide hands-on, discovery-based opportunities for Grass Lake students in any age group from Kindergarten through the 12th grade. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE A TEACHER, BUT TEACHERS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE. Go to for a grant application. For more information, contact Doug Moeckel at 867-5544, or at
Thank You to our 2014 "Festival of Tables" Sponsors!

GLEF Awards Grants
For the 2013-2014 funding cycle the Grass Lake Educational Foundation's Board of Directors awarded over $8,200 to teachers in response to their mini-grant requests. This process begins in October of each year when teachers are invited to apply, with evaluations being completed in December and awards being made available in January. Go to to see this year's awards.
GLEF 2012 Festival of Tables Slideshow
Click here to see the slideshow
Alumni and Public Invited to Make Donations to the Educational Foundation
The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is established to provide supplemental funding to Grass Lake educational programs that will enhance the academic achievement of our students. Thousands of dollars from contributors are expended yearly toward this mission. The Grass Lake Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and, as such, donations qualify as charitable contributions on both the Michigan and Federal income tax returns. Checks should be made payable to the Grass Lake Educational Foundation and mailed to
P.O. Box 394, Grass Lake MI 49240.

Contact the foundation Executive Director Dr. Ryle Kiser with questions at 517-522-5540.
Partner with the Educational Foundation in its Business Benefactor Program
Businesses are invited to partner with the Educational Foundation by becoming a business benefactor. Having an ongoing donation series with the Foundation promotes your business through our advertising processes, while supporting the needs of Grass Lake students. In the past these series have been in the form of percentages of sales during a specific day every month, or a percentage of sales during a specific event. We offer direct advertising to our school families, on our District website, and on our District's Facebook page. To learn more about the program, please contact Dr. Ryle Kiser at 867-5540 or
Foundation Files
Grass Lake Educational Foundation Brochure
Foundation Contacts
+ Dandrow, Ben - Foundation President
+ Kiser, Dr. Ryle - Executive Director
Click on name to see details.

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