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SET SEG Offering $2,500 Grant Opportunity for Schools: Apply Now!

DashBoard, Nov. 13, 2019

How can a school district garner monetary support for unique student programs like conflict resolution through peer mediation courses or special literacy instruction for students with severe disabilities that fall outside of the normal educational classes?

For 27 years, the SET SEG Foundation and the Michigan Association of School Boards have hosted the Education Excellence Awards program, which supports and promotes innovative initiatives like Capac Junior/Senior High School’s Peer Mediation Team and Muskegon Area ISD’s Core Word/4-Block Literacy Program. The Awards seek to honor out-of-the-box programs that directly impact student achievement, community involvement, critical thinking, leadership and social responsibility.

Each year, 10 schools are chosen to receive $2,500 to expand their program, along with a commemorative trophy and an Education Excellence road sign ceremoniously presented at the district. The SET SEG Foundation receives hundreds of applications for the Education Excellence Awards, proving that with a bit of ingenuity, hard work and structure, Michigan’s public schools can lead original and valuable supplemental programs that benefit their school, community and the future.

Liz Makedonsky, Counselor at Capac’s Junior/Senior High School, shared that receiving an Education Excellence Award in 2019 allowed them to expand the Peer Mediation Team program by securing training in trauma-informed practices, making them Certified Trauma Practitioners in an educational setting.

“The Peer Mediation Program has established a process of resolving conflicts through peaceful methods of students helping students,” said Makedonsky. “Our mediators are able to work closely with their peers to encourage patience, communication, positivity and also, camaraderie.”

The Education Excellence Awards demonstrate to the public that remarkable things are happening statewide in Michigan’s public schools.

“It’s an honor for us to recognize these school districts and the work they’re doing,” said Lisa Truscott, Executive Director of the SET SEG Foundation. “Dedicated, passionate teachers and staff in public schools are what help provide opportunities to learn, grow and build brighter, stronger futures in our communities and state.”

Apply now for an Education Excellence Award

We’re once again looking for programs that change lives and impact students’ futures. Programs must demonstrate growth in one or more of the following categories:

  • Education (STEAM and literacy)
  • Social Responsibility
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Awareness and Prevention

Apply now at setseg.org/edex for a chance to be one of the 10 2020 Education Excellence Award winners receiving a $2,500 check, road sign and trophy. The deadline for applying is Dec. 14, 2019. If you have any questions, contact Cari Wolfe at cwolfe@setseg.org.

The SET SEG Foundation is fueled by its mission to enable students to pursue enrichment opportunities that advance learning, leadership and civic responsibility by providing services, scholarships, grants and financial support directly to Michigan public schools and Michigan public school students. For more information about the SET SEG Foundation, visit setseg.org/foundation.

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