Thank you for your continued support of LEF Projects. Our newest challenge is raising the funds needed to implement STEM. Please take a moment to read and watch video about the project.
Reach Higher – Reach for STEM
Reach Higher – Reach for STEM
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math.
Our nation needs STEM.
We face challenges as never before in complicated issues such as global warming, cybersecurity and diseases that stubbornly resist cures. We need future leaders who can collaborate, gather evidence, take risks, and solve problems—exactly the skills acquired by students who study STEM.
Let’s make it local.
Our employers want to hire a stellar workforce. Our community would be far different without the economic stimulus of companies like Whirlpool, LECO, Bosch, Gast, Lakeland Health, and many others who need employees skilled in STEM. As many as 26 million jobs in the U.S. require significant STEM knowledge, yet too few students choose STEM career pathways.
Our students are ready for STEM.
Our students have proven they have the ability to be innovative leaders. A well-designed STEM curriculum taps into students’ natural curiosity, using activity- and project-based learning to spark interest that leads to well-paid, stimulating and secure careers.
Our teachers have the passion and talent to provide a rich learning environment. They need additional support, new strategies, and resources to bring STEM alive.
Our parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends want the most relevant education for students who will strengthen our communities.
Furthermore, our school system has prepared well for this next project. We have already recognized that education has taken a major shift. By transforming our libraries into 21st Century Learning Centers, we created information hubs that promote collaboration and creation. The STEM project complements the Learning Centers project, extends the concept of our existing Math/Science Center to all students, and fosters excellence and innovation in the areas of study that have made the U.S. a world leader.
In short, we all need to work together to bring STEM to Lakeshore Public Schools. So it’s no surprise that the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation has pledged to fill the funding gap that can make STEM learning opportunities within the reach of every Lakeshore student.
STEM - Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way
Facilitates the Implementation of STEM
Project Lead the Way — It’s all about making it real.
Fortunately, a nonprofit organization called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) has already done exactly that – led the way! PLTW transforms the learning experience for K-12 students and teachers, making learning relevant and personal. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources enable teachers to engage their students in real-world learning.
More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools through the U.S. offer PLTW programs.
PLTW offers high school students opportunities to consider a career path in fields that stimulate critical thinking: engineering, biomedical, or computer science.
Watch how PLTW helps middle school students explore STEM fields.
Students and teachers share their experiences with PLTW curriculum.
In a PLTW classroom, you literally see learning occurring.
Students’ hands are in the air to answer questions; excited voices explain their ideas. You feel tremendous passion not only from the teachers but also from the students. If everyone looks like they are having fun, it’s because they are! They are also applying theory, gathering evidence, solving problems, building confidence, and getting well-prepared for future academic success and well-paid jobs.
Imagine student learning activities that look like this:
- K-5 students are introduced to STEM by constructing a rescue method for a trapped zoo animal or building digital animations based on their own short stories.
- Middle school students figure out their passions by designing a home created from a reclaimed shipping container or examining ways to cut energy consumption.
- High school students discover their career path by developing safety improvements for infant car seats, designing prosthetic limbs, or designing solutions for online security weaknesses.
We’ve said it before . . . we’ll say it again: quality education has a high price tag.
To implement STEM, we will need to invest $600,000 to acquire curriculum, train teachers, and purchase related equipment and supplies. To reach our goal, we plan to raise $200,000 a year for three years. Join us in engaging the minds, spirits and talents of our students and teachers. Help us build a workforce ready to meet the challenges of both today and tomorrow. Plan now to contribute to the STEM project, not just this year but every year for three years!
21st Century Learning Centers
21st Century Learning Centers
Together, we did it!
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the LEF has successfully raised $600,000 to fund the transformation of the libraries/media centers at Lakeshore Public Schools.
The financial commitment of the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation has allowed us to transform our libraries into 21st Century Learning Centers,” said Superintendent Phil Freeman. “Creating a technology rich environment with flexible spaces that foster collaboration as well as independent study is a critical component in preparing our students for successful college and career experiences.”
- Redefined spaces include print and digital information access areas, group and collaborative instructional areas, presentation and production areas, recreational reading areas and social areas.
- Students use production areas for small and large group presentations. They collaborate by using Wi-Fi, charging stations, stand-alone computers and printers.
- Adaptable furniture gives students and staff options for group dynamics.
LEF thanks everyone who made the 21st Century Learning Centers possible!
Art Around Town
Art Around Town
Lakeshore students have amazing artistic talents. Everyone should enjoy their artwork.
That’s why, since 2006, we have partnered with the Curious Kids’ Museum to showcase the work of our budding artists. We work with school staff to select works of art by students in grades K – 12; after all, you never know when the next Picasso may surface right here in Stevensville. We provide the funds to professionally mat and frame the selected pieces, which are displayed at Curious Kid’s Museum in August. We invite everyone to take a look. Business owners who fall in love with a piece (perhaps created by your grandchild or best-ever-kid next door) may lease the art for one year for a mere $150 apiece. By leasing, you are showing your support for Lakeshore schools and our students’ work. After artwork has been proudly displayed for a year, we will return it so that young artists can continue to build their portfolios.
The LEF coordinates with Lakeshore High School and seven other high schools to promote high school student attendance at the speaker’s series sponsored by the Economics Club of Southwestern Michigan.
The Economics Club brings to our area world renowned speakers from politics, science, health, education, the arts, entertainment, and economics. Recent speakers have included former President George W. Bush, Governor Snyder, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, basketball legend Magic Johnson, late night host Jay Leno, news anchor Katie Couric, Pulitzer-prize winning authors, and many more celebrities whose names you recognize.
We strive to make the experience as meaningful as possible for our students. Of course, the food and beverages we provide feeds their young appetites, but the LEF advisors who attend with students also strive to nourish students’ eager minds by providing a debriefing session afterwards.
Football, pulled pork and old friends – what a combination!
Join us during Homecoming for Charlie’s Piggin’ N’ Grinnin’ dinner sponsored by the Lakeshore Rotary. The LEF helps Rotarians serve up this delicious meal and provides the dessert to top off your feast. It’s the perfect venue to get acquainted with others who support our schools. Piggin’ N’ Grinnin’ offers up original family recipes slow smoked to perfection. Like Charlie often says, “From the South to your Mouth.” This fundraiser is always a pleaser offering great meals for a great cause.