donation en More funding, celebrity attention bolster Grand Rapids Public Schools’ music program <p>On June 18, the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education approved next year&rsquo;s budget for their district.&nbsp; <a href="">MLive reports</a> that although the 2012-2013 budget includes $9 million in cuts due to decreased enrollment, board members voted to allocate $990,000 to hire 11 more teachers to support increased arts education.</p><p>These additional teachers will facilitate full-year&mdash;as opposed to semester-long&mdash;art and music instruction for the district&rsquo;s elementary school students.</p><p>In addition to the financial boost, students in Grand Rapids schools have also received attention from celebrities this month.</p><p>On June 14, students from City and Creston high schools in Grand Rapids accompanied the British-American rock band Foreigner on stage at the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Amphitheater singing their hit, <a href=";bckey=AQ~~,AAAAQBxUt4k~,xUwVSy8RSh6TeV7KGIz7i-2rgrUIB3vE">&ldquo;I Wanna Know What Love Is.&rdquo;&nbsp;</a></p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:10:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7957 at More funding, celebrity attention bolster Grand Rapids Public Schools’ music program Oakland University getting $21 million from anonymous donor <p>ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) - Oakland University says a donor who has requested anonymity is giving $21 million to the school to help enhance students&#39; academic experiences.</p><p>The Rochester school said Monday that university President Gary Russi announced the donation in an email to the campus community. Russi says it&#39;s the largest single planned and cash gift from an individual in Oakland University history.</p><p>Russi says the gifts &quot;will touch the lives of hundreds of student and faculty for generations to come.&quot;</p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:15:00 +0000 The Associated Press 6005 at Mystery person sends $100 in cash to Grand Rapids for vandalism <p>&ldquo;It is a first for me with this amount of money,&rdquo; Grand Rapids Treasurer Al Mooney said (he&#39;s been treasurer for more than 20 years).</p><p>The anonymous donor sent the cash to make amends for &ldquo;minor vandalism&rdquo; he or she took part in years ago.</p><p>The short, typed letter reads,</p><blockquote><p><em>&ldquo;Minor group vandalism many years ago. Cannot remember specifics or even if I did any damage, but I think one of the street signs was taken.&rdquo;</em></p></blockquote><p>Inside the envelope, with no signature or return address, were five $20 bills.</p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3179 at Mystery person sends $100 in cash to Grand Rapids for vandalism University of Michigan gets $56 million gift for medical research <p>The University of Michigan Medical Research Institute <a href="">received a gift</a> of $56 million from A. Alfred Taubman, a real estate developer and philanthropist from Michigan. The funds will be used for stem cell and cancer research.</p><p>U-M President, Mary Sue Coleman, says the money will go toward what is called high-risk research:</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 21:46:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2179 at University of Michigan gets $56 million gift for medical research Anonymous donor brightens red kettle campaign <p>An anonymous donor put a&nbsp; gold coin worth an estimated $1,400 into a <a href="">Salvation Army</a> worker's red kettle in northern Michigan.</p><p>The Associated Press <a href=",0,1052269.story">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Maj. Craig Stoker of the Salvation Army in Alpena tells <a href="">The Alpena News</a> that he received a call about 9 a.m. Saturday from a man who said he wanted to give something special to bell ringer Jackalyn Skiba. Stoker said the man declined to disclose the nature of the gift or why he had singled Skiba out... the money will be put into the Christmas fund, which to date has collected $129,000. This year's goal was $159,000.</p></blockquote><p>The coin is reportedly in good condition. Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:38:17 +0000 Zoe Clark 660 at Anonymous donor brightens red kettle campaign