This holiday season, the Grand Forks Foundation for Education is celebrating the spirit of giving by featuring 12 projects and funds supported by the Foundation through its fourth annual 12 Days of Giving. Each of these funds has a direct impact on students and staff across Grand Forks Public Schools.

Day #1: On the first day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our Little Red Reading Bus fund. Our "library on wheels" makes sure children across Grand Forks have access to books all summer long. This last summer, the Little Red Reading Bus readers checked out nearly 8,000 books!

Day #2: On the second day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our Summer Performing Arts fund. SPA’s mission is to “educate students of all ages and abilities, foster their creativity, and develop their character in an Arts-filled environment.”

Day #3: On the third day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our Wild Hog Marathon fund. This scholarship provides financial support for our student athetes in need, ensuring everyone can participate.

Day #4: On the fourth day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our Orchestra and Band funds. These two programs bring guest artists to Grand Forks to work with their students and to hold concerts.

Day #5: On the fifth day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our Access For All fund. This amazing scholarship helps to provide individual and family counseling for our students in need.

Day #6: On the sixth day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our Social Worker fund. This critical fund is accessed by GFPS social workers to support our students in need, from winter clothing to school snacks, and everything in between.

Day #7: On the seventh day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our AE2S Good Samaritan fund. This scholarship was established by our friends at AE2S to provide critical needs for our students, everything from school supplies to warm, winter clothing.

Day #8: On the eighth day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our Norby Hands Up for Kids and Vincent Berg funds. These scholarships support our students in need K-8th grade and high school respectively. They fund Chromebook cases to CNA exams and everything in between!

Day #9: On the ninth day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our Classes That Care fund. It ensures our students in need have the choice of a hot lunch everyday!

Day #10: On the tenth day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our Remove The Barrier fund. It ensures our at-risk students and students in need have a safe and reliable way to get to and from school everyday!

Day #11: On the eleventh day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share our Unrestricted and General Endowment funds. These two funds enable the Foundation to do good work across the district!

Day #12: On the twelfth day of the "12 Days of Giving," the Foundation would like to share Purposity. This website sends a weekly text to users with information about a need in Grand Forks Public Schools. Needs range from items like shoes and jackets to school supplies and small household items. Visit www.purposity.com to signup!

For more information on how you can help, or to make your donation over the phone or in person, please contact Executive Director, Emilia Hodgson, at (701) 787-4866 or ehodgson290@mygfschools.org.The family of Ali Borgen has established a scholarship with the Grand Forks Foundation for Education for students participating in Grand Cities Children’s Choir. This annual scholarship will cover the expense for participating for a student who may not of otherwise been able to afford it. A secondary consideration will be if the student has been directly affected by a cancer diagnosis or has other special needs.

Ali was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007.  Not to be stopped by the pains of her cancer, Ali was determined to continue with the life that she had enjoyed before her diagnosis. She played basketball and volleyball, played the clarinet and sang in the Grand Cities Children’s Choir, resumed friendships and the cherished routines with her family.

Ali’s former music teacher and Grand Cities Children’s Choir Director Melanie Popejoy remembers her, "Ali loved music, all of the therapy that comes with it. She always seemed the most peaceful and the most hopeful, when she was making music. I think it helped her transcend all of the ill feelings and sad emotions that would try to cloud her soul. But, with a song, it would all seem to disappear. Ali taught us a lot about being 'inclusive.' She wanted to be treated like a normal kid, and wanted all kids, regardless of their illness, handicap, or any other differences to feel like a normal kid who was loved and accepted by everyone. Her smile could make an immediate friend, touch your heart, and give you hope. I am sure that many times we thought we were trying to help Ali, when actually she was helping us be better people.”

We hope you will consider giving a gift to the Ali Borgen Smile Wide Scholarship. For more information on how you can help, please contact Executive Director, Emilia Hodgson, at (701) 787-4866 or ehodgson290@mygfschools.org.Save

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