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The generosity of NEF allowed my students' creativity and passion to come to life.

- Cary Grimm : Novi Meadows

The kids have been able to use the outdoor learning space to learn about the world around them outside! Just this (past) week we were able to study (the) way engineers build.

- Carly Musa : Parkview

Our Novi Woods students are touched by the generosity and impact of the Novi Educational Foundation EVERYDAY.  Our school's heart beats with the systemic effects of the Leader in Me curriculum.  The halls, the classrooms, the activities, and the sense of family can all be attributed to a strong and established Leader in Me philosophy.

- Jane Funfgeld : Novi Woods

From leadership development that begins at the elementary school through Leader in Me, to anti-bullying education at the middle school through Olewus and through HAVEN education days, senior consent trainings and staff mandated reporting/harassment training; we are enhanced as a school district.

We are forever grateful for the efforts of the NEF to enhance the social, emotional and behavioral well-being of our students and staff!

- Nicole Carter : Novi High School

Our schools are blessed with being comprised of a multitude of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, yet Leader in Me provides common language that have been designed to instill "habits" in our students that will benefit their futures.

- Melissa Israel : Village Oaks

(Students) were able to dig deeper in their Project Based Learning unit on community helpers. We received valuable books and materials to help enhance student learning and allow them to build their own safe city.

- Jennifer Lessway : Village Oaks

(A) grant we received was for chapter books in some of our students' native languages. We receive many new students each year that do not speak English. We have several chapter books that go along with our reading units that students may use and read along with us in their native language. We have books that are Japanese, Korean and Spanish that helps the kids be able to follow along easier with the English version.

The way their eyes light up when they see books in their home language is amazing!

- Michelle Donberger : Novi Woods

All in all, NEF has been instrumental in helping me to implement many ideas that have grown into solid
foundations of learning. Thank you for offering the opportunity to express "my story" - one that I share with many colleagues and students - and one that would not have been possible without the great support from NEF!

- Melissa Israel : Village Oaks

The NEF's funding of (Restorative Practices) training to use these circles allowed us to take the first step in our RP journey. Since then we have used restorative conferencing and expanded to Olweus bullying prevention programs, also supported by NEF.

- Andrew Combs : Novi Middle School

Circle drumming is a way to build community and teamwork in the classroom, as well as work on rhythmic principles.  In the circle, we all have a voice, and are invited to share through the music, but we also allow others' voices to be heard.

- Ainsley Lengerich : Deerfield/Novi Meadows