In mid-November, the Toledo Public Schools Foundation's (TPSF) Board of Directors held a reception to 'reintroduce' the Foundation to the community, graduates and supporters of TPS.

Bowsher High School graduate Gaye Martin, the president of the board, joined Dr. Romules Durant, TPS CEO/superintendent and TPS Proud graduate of Waite High School, and Libbey High School graduate and Foundation board member Bob LaClair, in giving remarks at the reception at the Toledo Club.

All three shared their interest in serving on the Foundation board and outlined its new focus and goals. The mission of the Foundation is to promote quality public education and student success at TPS through supplemental funding for programs, academic initiatives and scholarships. It will be carried out in two very important ways:

  • By providing financial support to deserving TPS students and graduates to create community leaders of tomorrow. Scholarships are awarded annually to graduating students to be used for college, pre-apprenticeship programs, trade school or special job training.
  • By working to enrich the educational experience of each child in every TPS school. We achieve this by providing programs, raising funds and uniting the Toledo community in support of educational excellence.

The Foundation was created more than 25 years ago to provide a reliable source of scholarship funds and for programs and initiatives to enhance teaching and learning in Toledo Public Schools. It is governed by a voluntary board of trustees comprised of community leaders, many of whom are TPS graduates.In addition, there are two ex-officio trustees: Dr. Durant and Dr. Merrill Grant, a retired TPS superintendent.

To learn more about the Foundation, please visit the new section at www.tps.org that is dedicated to the Foundation.