GRPS celebrates $10M grant with free community event

A joint meeting with the Grand Rapids City Commission and Board of Education to celebrate the $10 million grant from XQ School Project on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Leaders at Grand Rapids Public Schools celebrated winning a $10 million grant with a free event for the community Wednesday.

In September, the XQ Super School Project awarded the money to Grand Rapids Public Museum School and nine other schools nationwide. The school was among nearly 700 applicants.

“250,000 historic and cultural artifacts embedded into the curriculum. Every school ought to have the kind of project-based, experienced, student-focused, rigorous path of personalized learning that the Grand Rapids schools presents,” XQ CEO Russlyn Ali said.

GRPS officials plan to use the money to renovate the former public museum on Jefferson and transform it into the district’s newest high school.

GRPS Museum School grant
Students watch a ceremony celebrating GRPS’ $10 million grant. (Oct. 19, 2016)

The district hosted a public celebration outside the Grand Rapids Public Museum with live entertainment, free food and giveaways. During the first hour, city commissioners met with GRPS board members. The joint meeting included a ceremonial passing of the key to the old public museum.

“All of a sudden you see this ticking up and every now and then you get on the balcony and say, ‘Wow, we did that.’ I knew that we could. So we go to what’s next. We can get better, and we continue to get better and we must get better,” GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.

–24 Hour News 8’s Tom Hillen contributed to this report.



XQ: The Super School Project