OMPS Veterans Day 2019 at Old Mission Peninsula School, Charter School Grant
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Old Mission Peninsula School (OMPS) was awarded a $650,000 Charter Schools Grant from the State of Michigan on Dec. 3, 2019. After a grant writing and application process that began early in the fall, the school board and leadership received word that OMPS was successful in Round 2 of the “Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program” grant through the Michigan Department of Education.

With the award, OMPS plans to supplement its academics with investments in science, social studies, music and art programs. The school will also be receiving funding towards technology, an outdoor learning lab, student sensory equipment and targeted literacy programs.

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“This award is a huge win for the students and families of OMPS,” notes Rick Couturier, Head of School for OMPS. “I’m so grateful for the efforts of the School Board and the Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation, who continue to drive on all fronts to acquire funding to support our budding school.”

The Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation (OMPEF), the nonprofit group which formed to secure the school from TCAPS, continues to be appreciative of community members who support the school as it reestablishes itself, and of donors who help support additional enrichment opportunities not covered by the grant.

Now in its second year as a charter school, OMPS increased enrollment by 32 percent from its first year.

Old Mission Peninsula School is located at 2699 Island View Road on the Old Mission Peninsula. For more information, call (231) 252-0225 or visit the school’s website here.

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