Promoting and Encouraging Academic Excellence
Grove Education Foundation for Excellence

Save the Date!

   The Grove Education Foundation for Excellence (GEFFE) board members invite members and supporters to save the date for the 18th annual Gala that will  take place at 6:00 p.m., April 23, 2016 at the Grove Civic Center.   

A Successful GALA!

     Passport to Education, the Grove Education Foundation for Excellence Gala, was held Saturday, April 25th at the Grove Civic Center. The event was attended by nearly 400 people including Oklahoma State Rep. Doug Cox, the mayor of Grove, school board members, local business owners, teachers, and school supporters from the Grove community.
     GEFFE recognized 17 GHS students as Top Scholars (4.0 GPA & completion of AP classes), as well as over 50 teachers, who were recipients of nearly $80,000 in funding given to GPS during the 2014 year in grants. Teacher, Jeannie Ann Smith, was awarded the Shining Star award for the outstanding grant of 2014 (a 3D printer).
     The event featured over 100 silent auction items and 23 live auction items donated by local businesses. One of the highlights of the evening was the bidding on Grove Superintendent, Sandy Coaly's, famous German Chocolate Cake fetching $5,000. Integris Grove General Hospital placed the highest bid of $3,250.00 for a 1/2 side of beef sponsored by Shelter Insurance and Bank of Grove. Grove Dental Associates sponsored the very nouveau, limited edition, SWAG bag that sold out within 30 minutes and raised over $7,500.00. Grand Savings Bank sponsored the long standing Grand Surprize featuring an Apple Watch. Total amount raised from the evening exceeded $134,000, including nearly $19,000 in donations for technology.
     GEFFE is composed of a 17 member volunteer board. Next year will mark one million dollars in funding given to Grove Public Schools for the 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1997. The mission of Grove Education Foundation for Excellence is to promote and encourage academic excellence in Grove Public Schools. The GEFFE Board would like to extend a special thank you to all of the donors and supporters. This event is a continual success because of the community’s generous heart.


2015 Shining Star Award Winner Announced!

GEFFE has announced this year's  Shining Star winner.  The Shining Star Award is given for the grant application in the last year that best exemplifies innovation and excellence in education.  The winner is Jeanne Ann Smith who had been awarded a $5,000 grant for “Mmm…STEM Education with littleBits & 3D Printing.” With the littleBits electronics and a 3D printer, students and teachers are given hands-on experience with electronics that require no soldering and they will be able to use and experience the new world of 3D printing. They will also learn CAD software so that they can fully utilize the 3D printer.  This was not the first time Mrs. Smith has been named the Shining Star Award winner.

Tim Williams was a finalist for his 2,515 grant for “Sun Powered Growth.” This project is an expansion of a project already established at the GEFFE Greenhouse located on the campus of the Upper Elementary/Middle School. The expansion allows students to study and learn about solar energy as well as provide real-world application in sustainable energy and food production. Additionally, this provides opportunities for students of all ages to use the expanded facility for science fair research and ongoing projects. The final result of this project will be a completely energy independent section of the GEFFE Greenhouse providing food and showing that renewable energy coupled with sustainable food sources work.

Angie Bacon and Sylvie Kane were the other two finalists for their innovative, 4,320 grant for “The DaVinci (QR) Code: Using QR Codes and Mini iPads to Enhance Problem Solving.” QR (Quick Response) codes are being used at the Lower Elementary and Middle School to engage students with the use of technology. QR codes are posted throughout the schools requiring seventh graders and second graders to work together to solve a variety of math problems aligned with Common Core standards.




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