GPD Group Employees’ Foundation Announces 2018 Grants

(AKRON, OHIO – March 30, 2018) – The GPD Group Employees’ Foundation recently approved grants to 158 organizations in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Seattle. The recipients were selected from over 230 applications received during the grant cycle ending January 12, 2018. Over $540,000 of grant awards will be disbursed this year by the foundation, whose vision is to make a difference in the lives of children.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Glendale Union High School District, (Glendale, AZ) for Thunderbird High School Chromebooks, $2,000.00
  • Biltmore Preparatory Academy, (Phoenix, AZ) for Supporting Students with Special Needs, $2,000.00
  • Sojourner Center, (Phoenix, AZ) for After School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Program, $2,000.00
  • Child Crisis Arizona, (Mesa, AZ) for Early Education Services, $2,000.00
  • Ryan House, (Phoenix, AZ) for Child Life Program, $2,000.00
  • Briarlake Elementary School, (Decatur, GA) for Classroom Literacy Kits from Scholastic Books, $2,400.00
  • J. Scott elementary school, (Atlanta, GA) for Scott Rams Mentoring Program, $2,000.00
  • Bethel Elementary – Cobb County School District, (Marietta, GA) for Sensory Room Improvement, $1,450.00
  • Fulton County Schools, (Atlanta, GA) for Engaging Mornings, $1,000.00
  • Fulton County Schools, (Atlanta, GA) for First Aid Supplies for School Clinics, $2,800.00
  • Kincaid Elementary – Cobb County School District, (Marietta, GA) for Using Technology to Grow Successful Writers: Students with Disabilities and Learning Differences, $1,500.00
  • Fulton County Schools, (Atlanta, GA) for Coding in Kindergarten, $1,490.00
  • Camp Twin Lakes, (Atlanta, GA) for Camper Scholarship Program, $4,000.00
  • Creating Connected Communities, (Atlanta, GA) for After-School Program, $1,500.00
  • Childkind, Inc., (Atlanta, GA) for Home Based Services, $2,000.00
  • Cystic Fibrosis-Reaching Out Foundation Inc., (Stone Mountain, GA) for Emergency, Nutritional, Insurance, Medication, COBRA and Medical Supply Assistance for Children with Cystic Fibrosis, $3,000.00
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, (Atlanta, GA) for Music Therapy for the Intensive Care Units at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, $2,500.00
  • The Center for Children and Young Adults, (Marietta, GA) for Critical Kitchen Equipment Replacement, $1,000.00
  • Perry Township Schools, (Indianapolis, IN) for Outdoor Classroom Project, $2,000.00
  • Indianapolis Public Schools, (Indianapolis, IN) for Chromebooks for Self-Contained Autism Classroom, $1,000.00
  • Western Wayne Schools, (Pershing, IN) for Western Wayne Elementary School – Robotics Club, $1,250.00
  • MSD of Lawrence Township, (Indianapolis, IN) for Biking for Life!, $2,000.00
  • Indianapolis Public Schools, (Indianapolis, IN) for Hands-on Learning for Ms. Lawson’s Classroom, $1,000.00
  • Bunker Hill Elementary School, (Indianapolis, IN) for Resources for Students with Special Needs, $2,015.00
  • Indianapolis Public Schools, (Indianapolis, IN) for Special Headphones for Special Needs, $400.00
  • The Children’s TherAplay Foundation, Inc., (Carmel, IN) for Sensory Garden Expansion – Accessible Swing, $6,450.00
  • Motus Dance Theatre, (Indianapolis, IN) for Night Out: Supplementing Arts Education, $3,885.00
  • Riley Children’s Foundation, (Indianapolis, IN) for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health School Program, $1,000.00
  • Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc., (New Albany, IN) for Early Childhood Education, $2,000.00
  • Joseph Maley Foundation, (Indianapolis, IN) for Program – an All Inclusive, Adaptive Sports Program, $2,000.00
  • Earlywood Educational Services, (Franklin, IN) for INSPIRE, $2,000.00
  • Dorman Preschool, (Shelbyville, KY) for Helping Children Succeed Program, $2,000.00
  • Jefferson County Public Schools, (Louisville, KY) for Newcomer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Lab, $2,000.00
  • Special Olympics Kentucky, (Louisville, KY) for 2018 Youth Leadership Summit, $2,000.00
  • Father Maloney’s Boys Haven, Inc., (Louisville, KY) for Boys & Girls Haven / Independence Readiness, $2,000.00
  • Westerville City Schools, (Westerville, OH) for LifeTown Columbus, $1,103.00
  • North Ridgeville City School District, (North Ridgeville, OH) for SpEd: English as a Second Language – Bilingual Children’s Literature for grades K-5, $1,800.00
  • Coventry Local Schools, (Akron, OH) for Tablets for the Multiple Disability Class, $1,500.00
  • Westerville City Schools, (Westerville, OH) for Social Thinking for Special Education Population, $252.00
  • Coventry Local Schools, (Akron, OH) for Club H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Plant Encouragement), $20,000.00
  • Worthington Schools, Slate Hill Elementary, (Worthington, OH) for Autism Unit Sensory supplies, $903.00
  • Green Local School Drama Clubs, (Smithville, OH) for “Spotlight on Children”, $12,000.00
  • Westerville City Schools, (Westerville, OH) for The ABCs of Movement: Using Movement to Improve Literacy, $1,065.00
  • Mentor Public Schools, (Mentor, OH) for Sensory Friendly Playground, $10,000.00
  • Woodridge Local Schools, (Peninsula, OH) for Mindfulness in the Classroom, $750.00
  • Marysville Exempt Village School District, (Marysville, OH) for Sensory Room Update, $1,100.00
  • Louisville City Schools, (Louisville, OH) for Enabling Struggling Readers, $2,000.00
  • Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools, (Willoughby, OH) for Virtual Reality Can Help Us Read, $9,499.00
  • Manchester Local Schools, (Akron, OH) for Mrs. Stass’s Non-fiction/STEM Class Library, $1,500.00
  • Stow Munroe Falls City School District, (Stow, OH) for Working Toward Independence, $3,755.00
  • Slate Hill Elementary, (Worthington, OH) for Flexible Library Tables, $2,000.00
  • Zanesville City Schools, (Zanesville, OH) for Robotics Team (buying supplies and funding future competitions), $500.00
  • Akron Public Schools, (Akron, OH) for I Promise School – Illumination Period-Robotics Club, $2,677.00
  • Lakeview Local Schools, (Warren, OH) for Lakeview Middle School Library Makerspace, $4,950.00
  • Stow Munroe Falls City School District, (Stow, OH) for STEAMing Along, $2,447.00
  • Westerville City Schools, (Westerville, OH) for Community Inclusion – Special Education Life Skills Field Trips, $1,547.00
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District, (Cleveland, OH) for Pre-Professional Science Academy, $7,000.00
  • Tallmadge Middle School, (Tallmadge, OH) for Diversity Themed Book Clubs, $750.00
  • Canton Local Schools, (Canton, OH) for Veterans Day Faircrest Memorial Middle School 2018, $1,500.00
  • Columbus City Schools, (Columbus, OH) for 21st Century Carolyn Rose Trinter Library, $2,500.00
  • Granby Elementary, (Columbus, OH) for Granby Garden, $2,000.00
  • Stow Munroe Falls City School District, (Stow, OH) for Nonrenewable V Renewable Energy, $840.00
  • Strongsville City Schools, (Strongsville, OH) for S.M.A.R.T (Stimulating Minds and Re-Imagining Teaching) Carts, $9,797.00
  • Hudson City School District, (Hudson, OH) for Adaptive Physical Education “Teammates” Program, $900.00
  • Lakeview Local Schools, (Warren, OH) for Sphero Robots for Lakeview Local Elementary Innovators, $2,400.00
  • Louisville City Schools, (Louisville, OH) for Beyond the Classroom; Promoting Independence, $2,853.00
  • Westerville City Schools, (Westerville, OH) for Language & Literacy Program, $796.00
  • Louisville City Schools, (Louisville, OH) for Louisville Elementary School Backpack Program, $2,000.00
  • Wooster City Schools, (Wooster, OH) for Reading Under the Lights, $2,000.00
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District, (Cleveland, OH) for BrightLink LCD Projector, $1,798.00
  • Dublin City Schools, (Dublin, OH) for Outdoor Classroom: Taking Learning Outdoors, $2,350.00
  • Marysville Exempted Village School District, (Marysville, OH) for Kindergarten Marmon Valley Farm Field Trip, $1,050.00
  • Hudson City School District, (Hudson, OH) for “Partying with Plants”– Celebration of Life Science!, $1,800.00
  • Marion City Schools, (Marion, OH) for Innovations in Science and Technology, $5,510.00
  • Hudson City School District, (Hudson, OH) for MakerSpace – How can we create a better future?, $10,000.00
  • Summit County ESC, (Cuyahoga falls, OH) for Sensory Rocks At Kids First/TOPS, $2,000.00
  • Lakeview Local Schools, (Warren, OH) for Lakeview PK-8 BrainSTORM, $1,295.00
  • Akron Public Schools, (Akron, OH) for The Glover Gazette, $1,000.00
  • Field Local Schools, (Mogadore, OH) for Community Experience for Students with Moderate / Intensive Disabilities, $2,000.00
  • Akron Public Schools, (Akron, OH) for Empowering High School Students to Engage Preschool “Digital Natives” with Interactive Technology, $3,670.00
  • Olentangy Local School District, (Lewis Center, OH) for Growing Our Grit With Games, $3,250.00
  • Shelby City Schools, (Shelby, OH) for Intervention on the Go, $3,339.00
  • Orange City Schools, (Pepper Pike, OH) for SWAT (Students Working As a Team), $600.00
  • Akron Public Schools, (Akron, OH) for NIHF STEM High School Robotics: Improving technology to meet competition robotics needs, $5,000.00
  • Crestwood Destination Imagination, (Mantua, OH) for Crestwood Destination Imagination, $1,500.00
  • Akron Public Schools, (Akron, OH) for Upping Your Game!, $8,322.00
  • Akron Public Schools, (Akron, OH) for Creating Connections: A Visual Art PBL for Akron School of Arts and the local art community, $1,500.00
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, (Middleburg Heights, OH) for MDA’s Summer Camp, $6,000.00
  • The Kelly Reeves Memorial Foundation, (Munroe Falls, OH) for Kelly’s Grief Center / In School Counseling Program, $3,000.00
  • Connecting for Kids, (Westlake, OH) for Teach Me to Play Westlake, $1,000.00
  • Greenleaf Family Center, (Akron, OH) for Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program (ASPP), $5,000.00
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, (Cleveland, OH) for Summer Treatment Program (STP), $5,000.00
  • Youth Challenge, (Westlake, OH) for Adapted Ceramics Program for Young People with Physical Disabilities, $2,000.00
  • Akron Promise, Inc., (Akron, OH) for Kenmore-Garfield High School ACT Score Improvement Support, $2,000.00
  • Victory Gallop, (Akron, OH) for Rider Scholarships, $1,800.00
  • Hattie Larlham Foundation, (Twinsburg, OH) for Summer Youth Work Experience, $3,520.00
  • Providence House, Inc., (Cleveland, OH) for Pediatric Crisis Nursery Services for infants and children with medical needs., $15,000.00
  • Blick Center, (Akron, OH) for Therapy Supplies, $2,125.00
  • Smiles with Style, Inc., (Sagamore Hills, OH) for Fund a Smile at Akron Children’s Hospital, $3,000.00
  • Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, (Cleveland, OH) for Provide 4 Books Each to Children in Cleveland’s Lowest-Performing Elementary Schools, $5,000.00
  • International Soap Box Derby, (Akron, OH) for 2018 Inclusion Day, $6,300.00
  • A Kid Again, (Twinsburg, OH) for 2018 Adventures, $10,000.00
  • Highland Robotics & Technology Boosters, (Medina, OH) for Highland Robotics Steel Stingers Team 2603, $5,000.00
  • The Ohio State University Foundation, (Columbus, OH) for Toy Adaptation Project (TAP), $5,000.00
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, (Columbus, OH) for Camp Lionheart, $3,125.00
  • Donovan’s Kids, Inc., (Akron, OH) for Donovan’s Kids Camp, $10,000.00
  • Students Motivated by the Arts, SMARTS, (Youngstown, OH) for SMARTS American Institute of Architects Classes Grades 6-12., $2,000.00
  • Pathway Caring for Children, (Canton, OH) for TRUST Camp, $5,000.00
  • Children and Books a Division of Lennibug Foundation, (New Franklin, OH) for Reading is Succeeding, $5,000.00
  • Elves & More of Northeast Ohio, (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) for Bicycle Giveaway and Supervised Bike Rides, $2,750.00
  • The First Tee of Greater Akron, (Akron, OH) for Community Center Summer 2018 DRIVE Project, $7,500.00
  • Girls on the Run East Central Ohio, (Canton, OH) for Program Scholarship Initiative – 1 Team, $2,000.00
  • Aultman Hospital, (Canton, OH) for Healthy U – Aultman’s Wellness and Cancer Prevention Program in the Schools, $2,000.00
  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, (Columbus, OH) for Summer Learning Academy for Children with Down Syndrome, $5,000.00
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, (Columbus, OH) for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Group Music Therapy Services For Inpatient Behavioral Health, $4,500.00
  • Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP), (Cleveland, OH) for Workforce Development for Young Adults with Disabilities, $5,000.00
  • Camp Quality Ohio, (Akron, OH) for Camp Quality Ohio’s newest camp, Camp Otyokwah, $10,000.00
  • Communities In Schools of Central Ohio, (Columbus, OH) for P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. (Positive Recognition of Great Resilience, Effort, Strength, and Success.), $1,200.00
  • Inspiring Minds, (Warren, OH) for 2018 Summer Enrichment Program, $5,000.00
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, (Akron, OH) for Great Futures for Akron’s Under-served Youth, $7,500.00
  • The Center for Architecture and Design, (Columbus, OH) for Camp Architecture, $1,790.00
  • Summit Education Initiative, (Akron, OH) for Summit County CLASS Scholars Year Two, $2,500.00
  • Art Sparks, (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) for Implementation of Second Tier Programming of Fabulous Fitness in Akron Public Schools., $2,000.00
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark Counties, (Akron, OH) for One-to-One and School-Based Mentoring for Children in Summit, Medina and Stark Counties, $2,000.00
  • North Canton STEM Alliance, (North Canton, OH) for Viking Robotics 4121, $5,000.00
  • Autism Society of Greater Akron, (Akron, OH) for Swimming with Autism Program, $10,000.00
  • The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, (Independence, OH) for Comprehensive Education Programming, $5,000.00
  • RePlay for Kids, (Medina, OH) for Developing Toy Adapting Workshop Modules to Promote STEM Education for NE Ohio Students, $5,000.00
  • United Disability Services, (Akron, OH) for Autism-Specific Expansion of the UDS Toy Resource Center, $2,000.00
  • Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, (Cleveland, OH) for Youth Technology Academy (YTA), $5,000.00
  • Homes For Kids of Ohio, Inc., (Niles, OH) for Therapy Room for Foster Children, $3,500.00
  • Professional Flair, Inc. dba The Dancing Wheels Company & School, (Cleveland, OH) for The Chance to Dance: Inclusive Residency Programs for 8 Local Schools, $2,000.00
  • Cleveland Society for the Blind dba Cleveland Sight Center, (Cleveland, OH) for Early Intervention Services for Children Who Are Blind or Have Visual Impairments, $5,000.00
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, (Akron, OH) for Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders: JA Programs in the Akron Public STEM Middle School, $4,000.00
  • Rainey Institute, (Cleveland, OH) for Summer Arts Day Camp, $5,000.00
  • International Soap Box Derby, (Akron, OH) for STEM-Based Mini Car Program, $3,495.00
  • Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, (Akron, OH) for Building Healthy, Confident Girls in High Poverty Communities, $5,000.00
  • Alchemy, Inc., (Akron, OH) for In-school Group Mentoring and Saturday Core Workshops for Urban Adolescent Males, $3,000.00
  • Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, (Cleveland, OH) for the Applied Science for Kids (ASK!) Program with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), $2,000.00
  • Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, Inc., (Akron, OH) for Playground Area with Handicap Accessible Swings, $11,393.00
  • Embracing Futures, Inc., (Akron, OH) for Orthodontic Care Program, $5,586.00
  • Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, (Wooster, OH) for Youth Dream Camp for Children with Disabilities, $2,500.00
  • Autism Society of Greater Akron, (Akron, OH) for iCan Bike Program, $10,000.00
  • Dublin Special Olympics, (Dublin, OH) for Shamrock Games 2018, $2,000.00
  • Shadow Creek High School Art Department, (Pearland, TX) for Cementing an Artful Campus Culture, $1,000.00
  • Pasadena ISD Education Foundation, (Pasadena, TX) for iDon’t Have iPads Yet!, $3,100.00
  • Pasadena ISD Education Foundation, (Pasadena, TX) for The Bondy BELL Library, $2,046.00
  • Rose Haggar Elementary, (Dallas, TX) for STEM Learning Program / STEM Friday, $2,675.00
  • Dallas Independent School District, (Dallas, TX) for Robotics for Special Needs Students, $3,585.00
  • Shadow Creek High School Art Department, (Pearland, TX) for Breaking Out The Content, $1,000.00
  • Irving Independent School District / Lively Elementary, (Irving, TX) for Better mobility in the classroom for Isabella, $5,000.00
  • Pasadena ISD Education Foundation, (Pasadena, TX) for Red Means Go For Literacy, $4,300.00
  • Shadow Creek High School Art Department, (Pearland, TX) for Learning and Moving, $934.00
  • Spring ISD Education Foundation, (Houston, TX) for Clark Primary Readers Under Construction, $2,947.00
  • Treehouse, (Seattle, WA) for Graduation Success, $2,500.00
  • Elysian Yeasayers Guild, (Seattle, WA) to Support Seattle Children’s Hospital cancer research and benefit Strong Against Cancer Imitative , $2,500.00
  • Camp Korey, (Mount Vernon, WA) for 2018 Camp Korey Programs, $2,500.00
  • WestSide Baby, (Seattle, WA) for Basics for Families in Need, $2,500.00

GPD Group (GPD) is an employee-owned, full-service A&E firm with over 650 design professionals. Headquartered in Akron, GPD has offices in Chardon, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Marion, Youngstown, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Louisville, Phoenix and Seattle.

GPD Group employees established the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3), in 2014 to help channel donations to enrich the K-12 public education experience and support at-risk children or those with medical and special needs in communities where the firm works. For more information about GPD Group Employees’ Foundation, visit them online at www.gpdfoundation.org or call toll free at 1-800-955-4730.

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