GIPS Foundation Friends,
We are indeed experiencing Extraordinary Times! We are in a moment in history where no one really has experience navigating the road ahead. We have witnessed Extraordinary Tenacity and Extraordinary Resilience. When our schools closed their physical doors in March, they didn’t close the door on learning. They pivoted to deliver content in an online environment. It wasn’t perfect… but they learned and navigated new ways to reach students. Their flexibility, tenacity, and determination to take care of students’ needs continues.
Since August, the doors to the Grand Island Public Schools have been open! The environment is different, but it is physical, and student safety is THE priority.
I wanted to share with you that YOUR GIPS Foundation has done the same. We have pivoted, navigated new realities, and charged into the moment to assist our students, families, and schools. In March we created a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to help our families with things like internet, mental health, and other bills. We also didn’t stop our regular programming. The Class of 2020 was awarded scholarships and opportunities as in the past. The ceremonies looked different, but the benefit remained.
This fall we opened our classroom grant program once again so that teachers would have the opportunity to fill gaps and meet the needs of their students in a reimagined way. We continue to do Whatever It Takes to pivot, navigate, and fulfill needs and opportunities during this pandemic. Our students are Extraordinarily Resilient! We owe them the same tenacity and resilience and we have been able to deliver because of donors like YOU who believe in giving them opportunities.
I hope that you will join us with your gift during these Extraordinary Times. Your gift to the GIPS Foundation is an investment in Extraordinary Opportunities for our students that are beyond the school budget. Make today Extraordinary with your gift to students!
Kirk Ramsey, GIPS Foundation Board President
Although gifts to this campaign are general in nature allowing the Foundation to allocate funds to the greatest pressing needs for students, we have illustrated how impactful your gift can be for students. All examples are real and have taken place during the last year. YOUR gift adds up to Opportunity for Students!