Community Engagement Opportunities

One way that school can reach the next level of excellence is to establish community partnerships. Many organizations incorporate an educational component as part of their outreach initiatives. Listed here are just a few organizations that want to help.

From classroom makeovers to college scholarships, grants and sponsorships are a quick click away. Check back often for updates to this page, or contact CSO School Consultant Cheryl Edwards-Cannon for help.

Literacy/Reading Activities

  • Barnes and Noble - Offers discounted reading material for teachers. Learn more
  • Creative Youth Center - Offers programs to enhance writing and grammar skills. Learn more
  • Libraries - Branch libraries often provide reading programs for K-12 students.
  • My Brother's Keeper - Provides resources in reading, college readiness, and healthy start initiatives Learn more


  • Omega Psi Phi - opportunities for students preparing for college. Learn more
  • Rotary - Offers scholarships for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate studies. Learn more
  • Burger King - Provides scholarships for high school students who work in a BK restaurant. Learn more

Financial Literacy

  • Adventure Credit Union - Multiple programs for K-12 students about using money wisely. Contact credit union for more information. Learn more
  • AAC Credit Union - Biz Kid$ 
  • Lake Michigan Credit Union - The One Pencil Project provides classroom supplies. Learn more
  • Huntington Bank - Teaches "financial fitness" to K-12 students of all ages. Learn more

Grant Opportunities and Research

  • Frey Foundation - Offers grants for variety of educational initiatives to improve outcomes for children. Learn more
  • Herman Miller - Giving focuses on youth and children. Resulting in a positive impact on our communities. Nonprofit organizations that align with our giving principles may request grants to support their charitable objectives. Learn more
  • Ka-Boom! - Opportunities to help communities take bold steps toward beginning or completing play space projects. Learn more
  • Kellogg Foundation - Supports innovative programs or projects focused on helping children. Learn more
  • Kresge Foundation -  Promotes post-secondary access and success for low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students. Learn more
  • Lowe's - Grants available for classroom makeovers and technology upgrades. Learn more
  • Meemic Foundation - Provides financial assistance to all schools. Learn more
  • Mott Foundation - Offers funds for supporting children in low- and moderate-income communities. Learn more
  • Skillman Foundation - Awards one-year grants ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 for quality education and economic opportunities for Detroit children. Learn more
  • Steelcase - Steelcase Education seeks active learning partners to use the physical classroom space to advance learning. Learn more

Performing Arts

  • Grand Rapids Symphony - Provides opportunities to explore the world of classical music. Learn more
  • Opera Grand Rapids - Middle school through high school aged students get the unique educational operatunity to meet world-famous opera singers, conductors, and directors for an insider's guide to the magic of opera. Learn more
  • Detroit Symphony- The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Educational Concert Series (ECS) has introduced children across Southeast Michigan to classical music. Each concert within the series has been thematically designed with accompanying teacher resource tools available for those who purchase tickets for performances or register to watch webcasts. Learn More

Page last modified January 3, 2018