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posted August 22, 2017, 8:45 PM by Mason Public Schools Foundation

Mason Public Schools Foundation was proud to present $71,000 to Mason Public Schools including $30K to the district, $15K to MHS, $9K to MMS, $5K to special education and $4K to each of the three elementary schools. Go Bulldogs!


posted June 19, 2017, 9:45 AM by Mason Public Schools Foundation

Commercial Bank Mason 5K Run/Walk Nets $19,000 for Mason Public Schools Foundation

Nearly 800 runners and numerous sponsors supported the 29th annual Commercial Bank Mason 5K Run/Walk on Friday, May 5 in downtown Mason. Approximately $19,000 was raised to benefit the Mason Public Schools Foundation.




posted March. 21, 2017, 12:45 PM by Mason Public Schools Foundation
Mason Public Schools Board of Education members (from left) Kurt Creamer, Christopher Mumby, Liz Evans and Ralph Beebe support the cause by donning Bulldog red aprons to serve hors d'oeuvres to guests at the Mason Public Schools Foundation’s annual Red Carpet Gala

MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION RED CARPET GALA RAISES MORE THAN $46,000

MASON, Mich. – The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) Red Carpet Gala Dinner & Auction held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, was attended by nearly 250 guests and netted more than $46,000 to benefit Mason Public Schools.

“We’re very humbled and grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, donors and guests,” said Brooke Stahle, MPSF board member and gala chair. “The amount of money raised is a testament to the tremendous level of support individuals and businesses in the Mason community and beyond have for our Mason Public Schools.”

The prestigious 2017 Top Dog Award was presented at the event to the Mason Optimist Club. The Top Dog award was conceived by the Mason Public Schools Foundation to recognize an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond to support Mason Public Schools.

MPSF has donated more than $420,000 to Mason Public Schools over the past several years. Funding has primarily supported the district’s efforts to provide enhanced technology in the classroom.

“We are extremely appreciative of the MPSF’s efforts to raise money for our schools,” said Ronald Drzewicki, Superintendent of Mason Public Schools. “We commend the MPSF board members for donating their time and talents to help provide more and better learning opportunities for our students.”

The annual Red Carpet Gala is MPSF’s largest annual fundraiser. MPSF also raises funds through the Commercial Bank Mason 5K Run/Walk held the first Friday in May.

To view photos from the gala, visit www.masonpsf.org/gala.  

The Mason Public Schools Foundation was established in 1984 by several dedicated community members sharing a common cause: expanding and enhancing the educational experiences of Mason Public Schools students. To learn more, visit www.masonpsf.org.

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posted Feb. 20, 2017, 9:31 AM by Mason Public Schools Foundation
Mason Public Schools Foundation President, Carrie Geyer, presents the 2017 Top Dog award to
The Mason Optimist Club President, John Kelsey, at the MPSF Red Carpet Gala Feb. 4, 2017.

2017 TOP DOG AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED
The Mason Optimist Club receives award

MASON, Mich.–Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) has announced that The Mason Optimist Club has been chosen to receive the prestigious Top Dog award for 2017.

The Top Dog award was conceived by the Mason Public Schools Foundation to recognize an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond to support Mason Public Schools.

“We are pleased to provide this award to The Mason Optimist Club for everything they have done for the youth in our community,” said Carrie Geyer, MPSF president. “This group truly shares Mason Public Schools Foundation’s mission of contributing to the well-being of our young people. This group of dedicated volunteers exemplifies what giving back to the community truly means.”

The Mason Optimist Club was founded in 1973. Its efforts directly benefit a large and diverse group of young people through its many activities, scholarships, awards and donations including more than $5,000 in college scholarships annually, monetary support for the Capital Area Career Center and contributions to the Mason Promise Scholarship program.  

"The Mason Optimist Club is honored to be the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Top Dog award,” said John Kelsey, 2017 president of The Mason Optimist Club. “We pledge to continue our efforts on behalf of the youth of Mason, and to work with and support Mason Public Schools Foundation in its important work for the youth of our community."

One of the largest annual endeavors of club members is the Optimists Youth Sports Event held in June. In addition, the club honors students at its annual Youth Appreciation Night. Optimists have also provided opportunities for youth to learn civic pride through its Respect for Law program, Math Pentathalon and oratorical and essay contests. The club also supports Mason Youth Baseball and Softball, as well as orchestra and band opportunities for school-age children.

The Top Dog award was presented at the MPSF annual Red Carpet Gala Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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posted Nov. 21, 2016, 9:31 AM by Mason Public Schools Foundation
Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) board members donated $71,000 to Mason Public Schools
 at a ceremony in November at the James C. Harvey Education Center.

MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION DONATES $71,000 TO DISTRICT AND SCHOOLS
 

The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) recently awarded $71,000 to Mason Public Schools to enhance educational opportunities for students and staff. 

“MPSF is excited to be able to donate this sum of money to the Mason Public Schools,” said Carrie Geyer, Mason Public Schools Foundation president. “Through the generosity of our donors and sponsors, the MPSF has more than doubled the $30,000 annual commitment we made to the district since 2009. This most recent donation of money raised during the 2015-2016 school year represents a nearly 13 percent increase over last year’s donation of $63,000.”

Monetary awards were given as follows:
Mason Public School District              $30,000
Mason High School                            $15,000
Mason Middle School                         $9,000
Mason special education                    $5,000
Alaiedon Elementary                          $4,000
North Aurelius Elementary                 $4,000
Steele Elementary                              $4,000 

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the support we receive from the Mason Public Schools Foundation,” said Ronald Drzewicki, Mason Public Schools superintendent. “This organization is top-notch and the funding it provides touches each and every student in our district. This group helps us expand the learning experiences for our students and teachers. We are truly appreciative of their efforts.”

The funds donated will be used in the 2016-2017 school year.

Last year’s $63,000 donation provided for the following items and activities in the 2015-2016 school year:
  • 164 Chromebooks
  • MHS auditorium sound upgrades, science scales, security cameras
  • MMS Newberry Medal and National Book Award Collection, typing club software pilot, portable PA system, iPad
  • Class trips to the Michigan History Museum, Potter Park Zoo, Impression 5 Science Center 

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posted Oct. 4, 2016, 5:45 PM by Mason Public Schools Foundation

MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION 
ELECTS OFFICERS AND WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
  

MASON, Mich.– The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) board elected the following people as officers for 2016-2017: Carrie Geyer as president, Pete Curtis as vice president, Scott Harris as treasurer and Beth Creamer as secretary.

MPSF is also pleased to announce the addition of five new board members for the 2016-2017 year: Calley Green, Kim Hass, Kevin Lovell, Mellisa Mullaly and Scott Harris. The new board members are each appointed to serve three-year terms. 

“We are excited to have these fine people join our board,” said Carrie Geyer, MPSF president. “Each individual brings a unique set of talents that can help us further our mission of raising money to benefit Mason Public Schools. We are looking forward to another record-setting year.”

About Mason Public Schools Foundation
The Mason Public Schools Foundation was established in 1984 by several dedicated community members sharing a common cause: expanding and enhancing the educational experiences of Mason Public Schools students. MPSF raises funds for the district in a variety of ways, including the annual Mason State Bank 5K Run/Walk, the Red Carpet Gala Dinner and Auction and the Mason Schools Science Night. Learn more at masonpsf.org.

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MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION 
RED CARPET GALA RAISES A RECORD SHATTERING $48,000 
 

MASON, Mich.–The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) Red Carpet Gala Dinner & Auction held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, netted $48,000, the highest amount since the event’s inception in 2011. The total net raised in 2015 was $30,400. Proceeds benefit Mason Public Schools.

“The amount of money raised at the 2016 Red Carpet Gala has exceeded our expectations,” said Carrie Geyer, MPSF president. “The results are indicative of the tremendous level of support individuals and businesses in the Mason community and beyond have for our Mason Public Schools. The hundreds of Bulldog supporters who either attended or sponsored the event and donated or purchased auction items are to be acknowledged and applauded.”

Two Top Dog awards were presented at the gala recognizing Spartan Barricading & Traffic Control Inc. and Lynne Mark. The Top Dog award was conceived by MPSF to recognize an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond to support Mason Public Schools.

“Spartan Barricading and Lynne Mark are wonderful examples of what giving back to the community truly means and we salute their tireless efforts and contributions,” said Geyer. 

The annual Red Carpet Gala Dinner & Auction is MPSF’s largest annual fundraiser. MPSF also raises funds through the Mason State Bank 5K Run/Walk held the first Friday in May.

MPSF has donated more than $348,000 to Mason Public Schools over the past several years. Funding has primarily supported the district’s efforts to provide enhanced technology in the classroom.

To view photos of the event taken by TruJen Photography, visit  www.masonpsf.org.   




posted 
Feb. 10, 2016, 5:15 PM by Mason Public Schools Foundation
Mason Public Schools Foundation President Carrie Geyer presents 2016 Top Dog awards to Kenneth and Kevin McNeilly
of Spartan Barricading & Traffic Control Inc., and Lynne Mark.


2016 TOP DOG AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Spartan Barricading & Traffic Control Inc. and Lynne Mark receive awards

MASON, Mich.–Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) has announced that Spartan Barricading & Traffic Control Inc. and Lynne Mark have each been chosen to receive the prestigious Top Dog award for 2016.

The Top Dog award was conceived by the Mason Public Schools Foundation to recognize an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond to support Mason Public Schools.

“We are honored to recognize Spartan Barricading and Lynne Mark for everything they have done for Mason schools,” said Carrie Geyer, MPSF president. “They are wonderful examples of what giving back to the community truly means and we salute their tireless efforts and contributions.”

Spartan Barricading has generously donated traffic control and finish line equipment for more than 20 years for the Mason State Bank 5K Run/Walk that benefits Mason schools. The company has also donated equipment and vests for Mason High School’s annual aerial photo and year-end picnic, provided monetary support and silent auction items for the MHS boys and girls soccer teams and race route equipment for the Alaiedon Eagle Dash.

“We are delighted that Spartan Barricading has been chosen to receive the Top Dog award,” said Kenneth McNeilly of Spartan Barricading & Traffic Control Inc.

“We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the MPSF for this great honor,” added Kevin McNeilly also of Spartan Barricading.

Lynne Mark has been an integral player and devoted volunteer in the success of the Mason State Bank 5K Run/Walk for the past 22 years. Mark can be found onsite on race day from start to finish as he manages the race with regard to street closures and barricade set up and tear down. An Army veteran and former Peace Corps volunteer, Mark served the Mason community as a uniformed police officer for 18 years and as a detective for the next 14 years before retiring from the Mason police department in 2011. 

“Through the years there have been many wonderful volunteers in all aspects of the race which makes for a very smooth event,” said Mark. “It’s always a joy to watch the runners but especially the kids’ bulldog dash which is without a doubt my favorite.”

The Top Dog awards were presented at the MPSF annual Red Carpet Gala Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Feb. 6.



posted Dec. 16, 2015, 3:49 PM by Mason Public Schools Foundation
 

Mason Schools Science Night delights families, raises funds

Nearly 300 people attended the Mason Schools Science Night on Friday, Nov. 6 at Impression 5 Science Center presented by the Mason Public Schools Foundation. This special event was held after hours exclusively for Mason families to view Impression 5’s newest exhibit: Paleomania: 4.6 Million Years of Fossil History.

Young and old alike were able to touch fossils, make slime, walk into a giant eye, strike a pose on the shadow wall and much more.

Through ticket purchases, food sales, donations and sponsorships, the event raised $2,000 to benefit Mason Public Schools while providing a hands-on, interactive educational opportunity.

Special thanks to underwriting sponsor Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors, Inc.; Impression 5 Science Center; and refreshment donors: Paul Davis Restoration, Mark McGee, Pepsi Co. and Mellisa Mullaly.




posted Sept. 9, 2015, 3:35 PM by Mason Public Schools Foundation
Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) recently donated a total of $63,000 to Mason Public Schools. (From left:) Christopher Mumby, 2014-2015 MPSF President, Dan McConeghy, Mason Middle School Principal, Ted Berryhill, Middle School Assistant Principal, Lisa Francisco, Alaiedon Elementary Principal, Lance Delbridge, Mason High School Principal, Ron Drzewicki, Superintendent, Mike Prelesnik, North Aurelius Elementary Principal, Matt Stuard, Executive Director of Curriculum, and Sue Sulzman, Steele Elementary Principal.

Mason Public Schools Foundation donates $63,000 to district and schools
Adds new board members

MASON, Mich.– The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) recently awarded $63,000 to Mason Public Schools to enhance educational opportunities for students and staff. 

"MPSF has committed to donating $30,000 annually to the district since 2009," said Christopher Mumby, 2014-2015 Mason Public Schools Foundation president. "We are extremely pleased to have more than doubled our pledged donation this year. We could not have done so without the many Bulldog supporters and donors who recognize the value of a strong and vibrant school system."

Monetary awards were given as follows: Mason Public School District-$30,000, Mason High School-$15,000, Mason Middle School-$7,500 and $3,500 to each of the three elementary schools–Alaiedon, North Aurelius and Steele.

"We are extremely excited to received such a large donation from the Mason Public Schools Foundation," said Ron Drzewicki, Mason Public Schools superintendent. "Having access to these additional funds means that we are able to offer a richer technological learning environment for our students. We are very appreciative."

MPSF's two major fundraisers in 2015 netted record proceeds that lead to the $63,000 donation to the district and schools. The Red Carpet Gala and Auction raised a record-breaking $30,000 and the Mason State Bank 5K Run/Walk garnered $19,000.

In 2014, MPSF donated $59,500 to Mason Public Schools that was used to fund the following technology and initiatives: the STEM program including robotics kits and a trailer, computers for the high school journalism lab, a portable public address system for the band director, Big History Lesson fourth grade field trip to the Michigan Historical Museum, Big Science Lesson first grade field trip to Impression 5 Science Center, 100+ tablets, SMART boards, monitors, digital projectors, laptop computers, desktop computers, directional microphones, iPods and digital signage.

About the MPSF Board
Six new members were added to the Mason Public Schools Foundation board to begin the 2015-2016 academic year. Each of the following individuals will serve a three-year term: Susie Alatalo, Beth Creamer, Travis Perkins, Anne Rauscher, Christie Surato and Jennifer Truman.

The Mason Public Schools Foundation was established in 1984 by several dedicated community members sharing a common cause: expanding and enhancing the educational experiences of Mason Public Schools students. MPSF raises funds for the district in a variety of ways including its Red Carpet Gala Dinner and Auction and the annual Mason State Bank 5K Run/Walk. Learn more about the MPSF at masonpsf.org. 

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posted Jan. 25, 2015, 7:32 PM by Mason Public Schools Foundation
Representatives of the district and the principals proudly display checks from the Mason Public Schools Foundation. Left to right: Jerome Brzezinski, information technology director, Dan McConeghy, Mason Middle School, Susan Sulzman, Steele Elementary, Mike Preslenik, North Aurelius, Lisa Francisco, Alaiedon Elementary, Lance Delbridge, Mason High School, Ron Drzewicki, superintendent, Chris Kamenski, executive director of curriculum and Christopher Mumby, MPSF president
Mason Public Schools Foundation
donates $59,500 to district and schools

MASON, Mich.– The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) recently awarded $59,500 to enhance educational opportunities for students and staff of Mason Public Schools.

“Since 2009, MPSF has committed to donating $30,000 annually to the district,” said Christopher Mumby, Mason Public Schools Foundation president. “The success of our fundraising efforts and the generosity of our supporters this past year allowed us to donate nearly twice that amount. We’re excited to see how the schools will use these dollars to enhance learning opportunities for students and staff.”

Monetary awards were given as follows: Mason Public School District-$30,000, Mason High School-$15,000, Mason Middle School-$7,000 and $2,500 to each of the three elementary schools–Alaiedon, North Aurelius and Steele.

The funds will allow us to purchase much needed technology for our classrooms, further enhance our STEM programs and provide rich learning experiences like The Big History Lesson for some of our elementary kids,” said Ron Drzewicki, Mason Public Schools superintendent. “The MPSF is a real asset to our community, and we are grateful for its efforts.”

Learn more about the MPSF at masonpsf.org. 

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posted Nov. 6, 2014, 12:17 PM by Mason Public Schools Foundation
MPSF welcomes new board members Ginette Anderson, Lori Hoffmann and John Akers
MPSF welcomes new board members Ginette Anderson, Lori Hofmann and John Akers

MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION 
WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
  
Elects officers for 2014-2015 year

MASON, Mich.– 
The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members for the 2014-2015 year. 

The new board members appointed for three-year terms are: John Akers, Ginette Anderson and Lori Hofmann. 

“We are excited to have them join our board,” said Christopher Mumby, MPSF president. “Each individual brings a different set of talents that can help us further our mission of raising money to benefit the Mason Public Schools.” 

John Akers is an optometrist with a private practice in Lansing. He serves on the board of advisors for the Eye Health Institute and is an adjunct faculty member of Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. Akers is a Mason High School graduate with two children in the Mason school system.

Ginette Anderson is a global program manager for Tenneco. She served as the Spirit Wear coordinator for the Mason Jr. Bulldog Football League for three years. She also served as treasurer for SASGC Parent Club, a gymnastics club in Jackson. Anderson has been a Mason resident for 18 years, and she has two children in Mason schools.

Lori Hofmann is an active volunteer. For the past 12 years, she volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and the Cub Scouts filling many roles including treasurer, awards chair, recruiter, camp coordinator and fundraising chair. She is an avid chef and loves to cook for the many teams and clubs in which her three children participate. Lori is a graduate of Mason High School.

The board also recently elected new officers. Officers for the 2014-215 year are as follows: Christopher Mumby as president, Joe White as vice president, Melissa Cook as treasurer and Claudia Fillwock as secretary.

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Nearly 200 people attended the Mason Public Schools Foundation annual Red Carpet Gala Dinner & Auction
for food, fun and bidding on Feb. 1, 2014, to benefit Mason Public Schools.

MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
RED CARPET GALA RAISES A RECORD-BREAKING $28,000  

MASON, Mich.–The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) Red Carpet Gala Dinner & Auction held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, netted $28,000, the highest amount since the event’s inception in 2011. This net revenue was 40 percent higher than the amount raised at the 2013 gala.

“We are thrilled to have raised so much money to benefit the Mason Public Schools,” said Jennifer Cady, MPSF board member and gala committee chairperson. “The hundreds of Bulldog supporters who either attended the event, donated or purchased auction items or purchased sponsorships are to be commended. It is through their generosity that we were able to far exceed our goal.”

“This money will go a long way toward helping the district equip our schools with the technology so necessary in today’s world to enhance learning opportunities for our students,” said Mark Dillingham, Superintendent of Mason Public Schools.

MPSF has donated more than $255,000 to the Mason Public Schools over the past several years. Funding has primarily supported the district’s efforts to provide enhanced technology in the classroom.

The Red Carpet Gala was held at the Huntington Club inside the MSU Spartan Stadium. Chris Holman served as master of ceremonies and Sheridan Realty and Auction Co. ran the live auction. A special “Top Dog” award was presented to both Dart Energy Foundation and the Dart Foundation for going above and beyond to support Mason Public Schools. Hundreds of businesses and individuals donated to the live and silent auctions or were in-kind or cash sponsors of the event.

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Mason Public Schools Foundation President Carrie Geyer presents Top Dog awards to Christine Waltz, chief financial officer of Dart Container Corporation and Phil Leece, president of Dart Energy Foundation, at the MPSF Red Carpet Gala Dinner & Auction.
Mason Public Schools Foundation President Carrie Geyer presents
Top Dog awards to Christine Waltz, chief financial officer of Dart Container Corporation
 
and Phil Leece, president of Dart Energy Foundation, at the MPSF Red Carpet Gala Dinner & Auction.


March 2, 2014
MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION NAMES 2014 TOP DOG AWARD WINNERS

MASON, Mich.–Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) has named the Dart Energy Foundation and Dart Foundation as the winners of MPSF’s Top Dog award.

The Top Dog award was conceived by the MPSF to recognize individuals or organizations that have gone above and beyond to support Mason Public Schools.

“We simply can’t thank the Dart Energy Foundation and Dart Foundation enough,” said Carrie Geyer, MPSF president. “Their contributions have helped increase the learning opportunities for many of our Mason kids.”

The awards were presented to Mr. Phil Leece, president of Dart Energy Foundation and Christine Waltz, chief financial officer of Dart Container Corporation, at the MPSF Red Carpet Gala Dinner & Auction on February 1, 2014.

The awards acknowledged the generous donations each organization made to the Mason Public Schools Foundation. Donations made in 2013 were used to launch a pilot S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program at the elementary grade level for the 2013-2014 school year. Nearly 100 Mason students in grades 3-5 attended the first monthly after-school session to learn and experience science through the use of robots.

“The mission of the Dart Foundation is to advance and encourage youth education, primarily in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Christine Waltz, CFO of Dart Container Corporation. “So donating to this cause was congruent with our mission. As a Mason parent, I can see first hand the impact of this contribution.”

“We’re pleased to accept the Top Dog award and to support endeavors like the S.T.E.M. program,” stated Phil Leece, president of Dart Energy Foundation. “We believe contributing to the local community is very important.”

The 2013 Top Dog award winner was Bob Warnke, former vice president, Mason State Bank.

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Mason Public Schools Foundation 2013-2014 new board members (left to right):
Front: Cathleen Evenson, Wendy Burns, Rita Vogel
Back: Joe White, Charlie Mercer, Rachel Martel, Joshua Curtis


Oct. 10, 2013
MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION WELCOMES SEVEN NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Elects officers for 2013-2014 year

MASON, Mich.– The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) is pleased to announce the addition of seven new board members for the 2013-2014 year.

New board members are: Wendy Burns, Joshua Curtis, Cathleen Evenson, Rachel Martel, Charlie Mercer, Rita Vogel and Joe White. These board members were each appointed for a three-year term. 

Several board members who completed their original three-year term in 2013 were approved to serve additional terms. They are as follows:

Carrie Geyer–additional three-year term; second one-year term as president
Beth Oswald–additional one-year term
Leslie Papke–additional one-year term

 “I really believe the momentum is building for the Mason Public Schools Foundation,” said Carrie Geyer, MPSF president. “Being able to attract and keep so many quality individuals to serve on our board is a testament to the good work we’ve done, and how we’ll be able to grow in the future.”

The board also recently elected new officers to include: Carrie Geyer as president, Christopher Mumby as vice president, Melissa Cook as treasurer and Claudia Fillwock as secretary.

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Posted Oct. 10, 2013
MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION ACCEPTS GRANTS FROM DART ENERGY FOUNDATION
AND DART FOUNDATION
Monies earmarked to establish elementary STEM program in Mason

MASON, Mich.– The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) is pleased to announce the recent acceptance of two grants. The Dart Energy Foundation, Inc. donated $10,000 and the Dart Foundation donated $5,000 to the MPSF.

The MPSF board voted to allocate the full $15,000 to the Mason Public School District to establish a special science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program at the elementary school level.

“We are so thankful to these two organizations for their generosity,” said Carrie Geyer, Mason Public Schools Foundation president. “They are truly wonderful corporate citizens who value our Mason schools and community.”

The elementary STEM program will be open to Mason students in grades 3-5 with the goal of engaging them in meaningful investigations of scientific problems more often and at an earlier age. The free program will be held once per month for two hours after school at the new laboratories at Mason High School. Approximately 100 students will be able to participate in hands-on, project-based science activities.

Mason science teachers will facilitate the sessions with help from high school student volunteers. Included in the funding will be LEGO WeDo Construction sets (robotic kits) and teacher training. The program is expected to begin in November.

“Donating to the Mason Public School Foundation and having them allocate this money toward establishing an elementary STEM program is very much in alignment with our goals,” said Phil Leece, president of The Dart Energy Foundation, Inc. “We are big believers that helping kids learn and grow, especially in these curriculum areas, will benefit society as a whole.”

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Mason Public Schools Foundation board members award checks to Mason principals:
Left to right: Christopher Mumby, MPSF vice president, Susan Sulzman, Steele Elementary, Lisa Francisco, Alaiedon Elementary,
Dan McConeghy, Mason Middle School, Mike Preslenik, North Aurelius and Carrie Geyer, MPSF president.
Not pictured: Lance Delbridge, Mason High School

posted Sep 25, 2013, 10:08 AM by Mason Public Schools Foundation
$67,000 AWARDED TO MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS  

Money to enhance technology, educational opportunities for students and staff

MASON, Mich.– The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) recently awarded a total of $67,000 to benefit the students and staff of the Mason Public Schools.

Of this total, $40,000 was donated to the Mason Public School District for technology. This amount exceeded MPSF’s seven-year commitment to donate $30,000 annually to fund the Mason Technology Infusion Program (MTIP). The MPSF has made a commitment to donate $30,000 each year since 2009.

The remaining $27,000 was given to the principals of each of the Mason Public Schools. Mason High School and Mason Middle School each received $9,000 while each of the three elementary schools–Alaiedon Elementary, Steele Elementary and North Aurelius Elementary–each received a $3,000 donation.

“Through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, our fundraising efforts were very successful this year,” said Carrie Geyer, Mason Public Schools Foundation president. “Once we had met and exceeded our committed funding amount to the district, the board voted to donate additional funds to the individual schools. We’re excited to see how they will use these dollars this school year to enhance learning opportunities.”

“I can’t thank the MPSF and the community enough for their support of our schools,” said Mark Dillingham, Mason Public Schools District superintendent. “These donations help us afford educational tools and training that would otherwise not be possible. They aid in bringing much-needed technology into the classroom and help us prepare our kids for future success.”

“The donation came as a complete surprise,” said Mike Preslesnik, North Aurelius Elementary principal. “We are very grateful, and we already have several ideas about how best to use the funds.”

About Mason Public Schools Foundation

The Mason Public Schools Foundation was established in 1984 by several dedicated community members sharing a common cause: expanding and enhancing the educational experiences of Mason Public Schools students. MPSF raises funds for the district in a variety of ways, including the annual Mason State Bank 5K Run/Walk, an annual dinner event, Mason Pizza Day and the Meijer Community Rewards program. Those wishing to make a donation to support the efforts of the MPSF can do so online at masonpsf.org. 

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posted Apr 19, 2013, 12:24 PM by Mason Public Schools Foundation
Red Carpet Gala raises a record-breaking $20,000 
Mason Public Schools Foundation 

The Mason Public Schools Foundation (MPSF) Red Carpet Gala, held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, netted $20,000, the highest amount since the event’s inception in 2011. This net revenue nearly doubled that of the previous year. 

“This money will go a long way toward helping the district equip our schools with the technology so necessary in today’s world to enhance learning opportunities for our students,” said Mark Dillingham, Superintendent of Mason Public Schools. 

MPSF has been funding technology in the schools through a program called the Mason Technology Infusion Project (MTIP). MPSF has raised and donated $150,000 to MTIP and recently committed to funding an additional $60,000 over a two-year period. 

“We are thrilled to have raised so much money to benefit the Mason Public Schools,” said Carrie Geyer, MPSF president. “The hundreds of Bulldog supporters who either attended the event, donated or purchased auction items or purchased sponsorships are to be commended. It is through their generosity that we were able to far exceed our goal.” 

2013 Red Carpet Gala Sponsors

Platinum Donors (Donation of $1,000+)
Dart Bank
Dean Transportation 
Sheridan Realty and Auction Co.


Gold Donors (Donation of $500 )
ASAP Printing 
Golder Family Dentistry 
Highland Engineering, Inc. & the Beebe Family 
Mason Optimist Club 
McLaren Greater Lansing 
Meijer 
Wolverine Engineers


Silver Donors (Donation of $300)
LAFCU 
Mason Area Community Fund 
Mason Insurance—Pete Hanover 
Mason Lodge No. 70 F. & A.M. 
ORACLE Financial Solutions 
Timothy Zielinski, DDS


Bronze Donors (Donation of $150)
CP Federal Credit Union 
Heinlen Trucking, LLC 
Mason Public School Board 
Vision Real Estate, Luanne Dancer

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