Education

EDUCATION GOAL #1: Assure access to extracurricular services and programming (pre-K through post-secondary) that prepare disadvantaged students to learn and enhance academic and life skills achievements to promote the next level of development.  

Illustrative grants: MI Women’s Foundation – Skills development for the next generation of women leaders; Streams of Hope – Tutoring and academic support for underserved youth and under-resourced schools; Catholic Central – Scholarships for Latino students; Grand Rapids Community College Foundation – Support and mentoring for Latino students; Girls Growing II Women –Personal and professional mentoring  for young women; Realism is Loyalty – Summer mentoring program for young adults housed at the Kent County Juvenile Center.

EDUCATION GOAL #2: Support effective strategies for involvement by adult care-givers and mentors in children’s education, especially in public schools with diverse student populations.  

Illustrative grants: Endless Opportunities – Youth development through mentoring for underserved students of color; Urban League – Mentoring and academic support for African American male high schoolers; The Refugee Education Center –Support services to help refugees transition to new culture; Literacy Center of West Michigan – Strengthen reading and language level of parents and increase the number of literacy activities in the home; Grand Rapids Initiative for LeadersComprehensive leadership and mentoring program for at risk teens and young adults; Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative – Free pre-school and parent skills development.

Stories about the Wege Foundation's commitment to Education

Green Team Teens Dig In to Heal Their Watersheds

In 2009 Calvin College faculty members Gail Heffner and Dave Warners launched Plaster Creek Stewards after learning that Plaster Creek (named for the plaster … More Green Team Teens Dig In to Heal Their Watersheds »

WMCAT Rhymes with ‘WINcat’—For Good Reasons

West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology, an afterschool program for urban high school stdents, opened in 2005 downtown after three Steelcase leaders flew … More WMCAT Rhymes with ‘WINcat’—For Good Reasons »

GRCC Steps In To Right an Academic Unfairness

In 2011 Grand Rapids Community faced a serious problem. While 15% of all students graduated after two years, only 5% of African- American males … More GRCC Steps In To Right an Academic Unfairness »

The Children’s Assessment Center Beams Light on a Dark, Destructive Secret

Every year an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 children in Kent County are sexually abused. Only 1 in 15 of those cases is ever disclosed. … More The Children’s Assessment Center Beams Light on a Dark, Destructive Secret »

Si Se Puede

At Wyoming’s San Juan Diego Academy every morning begins the same for the mostly Latino students. The Catholic school’s Principal Dr. Manuel Brenes gathers … More Si Se Puede »

Wege Family Tours Blandford Nature Center

*Pictured above from the left, Laura Wege, Blandford Nature Center President Jason Meyer, Blandford Development Director Corey Turner, Wege Foundation staff member Katy Furtado, … More Wege Family Tours Blandford Nature Center »

GLOBAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION AWARDING $30K FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

Now in its fourth year, Wege Prize is a global transdisciplinary design competition that gives teams of five college/university students the chance to work … More GLOBAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION AWARDING $30K FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS »

Wege Foundation Grant Propels West Michigan-Based Student Design Competition Toward Broader Global Impact

$444,000 grant awarded to Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s Wege Center for Sustainable Design to extend Wege Prize competition for … More Wege Foundation Grant Propels West Michigan-Based Student Design Competition Toward Broader Global Impact »

THE REAL COSTS OF OIL

The Case for Justice at the Ends of the Pipeline Crystal Lameman Intergovernmental Affairs Spokeswoman for the indigenous Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Alberta, Canada … More THE REAL COSTS OF OIL »

CALLING ALL CHILDREN ARTISTS

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is holding its 6th annual children’s art contest sponsored by The Wege Foundation and inspired by the late environmental … More CALLING ALL CHILDREN ARTISTS »

ECONOMICOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL NAMED BEST IN STATE

Six years ago 14 students entered the sixth grade at Grand Rapids Public School’s City High Middle to attend the brand new Center for Economicology, CFE. … More ECONOMICOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL NAMED BEST IN STATE »

Wege Prize 2015 – Results

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Elena Tislerics Coordinator, Wege Prize Chief Communications Officer, Kendall College of Art and Design elena@wegeprize.org  $30,000 awarded in … More Wege Prize 2015 – Results »

WMU student team wins national Wege sustainability prize

by Cheryl Roland Click here to read article  on WMU’s website March 30, 2015 | WMU News KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A team of five Western Michigan … More WMU student team wins national Wege sustainability prize »

LOVE THE PLANET WITH A FREE PHONE APP

Louie Schwartzberg, an internationally recognized time-lapse photographer of nature, doesn’t like the fact that the average age of visitors to national parks is 57. No wonder, … More LOVE THE PLANET WITH A FREE PHONE APP »

ARCHITECT EDWARD MAZRIA TO BE KEY SPEAKER FOR 19TH ANNUAL WEGE SPEAKER SERIES ON THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015

Architect and founder of Architecture 2030 to talk about developing architecture districts that serve as a business model for urban sustainability The Wege Foundation will host … More ARCHITECT EDWARD MAZRIA TO BE KEY SPEAKER FOR 19TH ANNUAL WEGE SPEAKER SERIES ON THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015 »

Wege Talk at Meijer Gardens Will Entertain and Educate

The personal friendship between Peter Wege and Fred Meijer resulted in many good works for West Michigan, including Meijer Gardens as Peter was one of the … More Wege Talk at Meijer Gardens Will Entertain and Educate »

Grand Rapids receives $100,000 grant from The Wege Foundation for two schools

By Monica Scott | mscott2@mlive.com Follow on Twitter on December 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM, updated December 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM GRAND RAPIDS, … More Grand Rapids receives $100,000 grant from The Wege Foundation for two schools »

THE AQUINAS COLLEGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $2.5 MILLION GIFT FROM WEGE FOUNDATION 

Gift to establish the nation’s first collegiate economicology program as envisioned by Peter Wege Aquinas College and the Aquinas College Foundation today announced a … More THE AQUINAS COLLEGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $2.5 MILLION GIFT FROM WEGE FOUNDATION  »

Blandford’s New CEO: a Story of Friendship and Mentoring

In 2009 Blandford Nature Center had to reinvent itself from a tax-payer funded organization into an independent non-profit with Annoesjka Steinman as the first … More Blandford’s New CEO: a Story of Friendship and Mentoring »

LITERACY CENTER NEEDS YOU

America’s Public schools are the entry point for success, and teachers lead the way. But they can’t do it alone. Students are with them … More LITERACY CENTER NEEDS YOU »

Greens to Green:  Golfing for Sustainability

         What begins as a fun day of golf at Blythefield Country Club ends up producing stellar young men like new … More Greens to Green:  Golfing for Sustainability »

GREAT LAKES PEOPLE:  MARK YOUR TV CALENDARS!

        APRIL 27 4 p.m. or April 28 11:30 p.m. on PBS Those are the debut times for a new documentary about … More GREAT LAKES PEOPLE:  MARK YOUR TV CALENDARS! »

Students Tackle a ‘Wicked Problem’ for $30,000

Consider what these things have in common.  A vegetable garden in every living room; potato-made plastic bags; a hands-on cradle-to-cradle learning center in the … More Students Tackle a ‘Wicked Problem’ for $30,000 »

Parent Magazine: One of the “Coolest Schools in America”

Five years ago the Grand Rapids Public Schools and Peter M. Wege joined forces to create a sixth-grade program focused on environmental education at … More Parent Magazine: One of the “Coolest Schools in America” »

Wonder, Blandford Nature Center’s Goat, Steals the Show

The October invitation to “See you under the stars for a bedazzling evening” happened under a tent with  200 nature lovers wearing Jeans and … More Wonder, Blandford Nature Center’s Goat, Steals the Show »

Path to College starts at Wege Farm

Peter M. Wege’s beloved Lowell farm is the setting for this inspiring video of an environmental and educational program The Wege Foundation started three … More Path to College starts at Wege Farm »

Three Aladdin’s Three Wishes and the PAC

The noisy chatter of children filling the seats on three sides of the stage quickly turned to hushed attentiveness as six Arabian princesses appeared … More Three Aladdin’s Three Wishes and the PAC »

Motorcycles, Arabians, 20 Grandchildren, and the Emeritus Honor

The 30th annual Aquinas Emeritus Award went to a husband and wife who in their individual ways have demonstrated the highest standard of honoring … More Motorcycles, Arabians, 20 Grandchildren, and the Emeritus Honor »

Wege Foundation consultant delivers Commencement Speech at U of M

Mark Van Putten has more than 30 years of experience in environmental policymaking and nonprofit organizational leadership at the international, national, regional, and local … More Wege Foundation consultant delivers Commencement Speech at U of M »

Wege Foundation Leader Earns an Honorary Doctorate

During Aquinas College’s Commencement ceremonies May 4, Ellen Satterlee, CEO of The Wege Foundation, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Policy.  Since 1988, … More Wege Foundation Leader Earns an Honorary Doctorate »

Peter Wege’s Granddaughters Tour Blandford School

Caitlin Wege and her sister Jessica Wege McClear stand by the hand-carved basswood doors leading into one of two sixth-grade classroom in the new … More Peter Wege’s Granddaughters Tour Blandford School »

GRPS’s Blandford School Raises the Bar

Pictured above, the new 7,000 square-foot LEED-certified Blandford School sets a precedent for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Not only does it feature the … More GRPS’s Blandford School Raises the Bar »

ECO EXPO Takes Over City High/Middle

Grand Rapids Public Schools City High/Middle School recently hosted an all-day seminar based on Peter Wege’s two books, ECONOMICOLOGY I and II. City’s Economicology … More ECO EXPO Takes Over City High/Middle »

Blandford School: A GRPS Gamechanger

An historic groundbreaking took place in May marking the first public school in Grand Rapids  to be built with 90% of the $2 million-plus  … More Blandford School: A GRPS Gamechanger »

Kendall Presidents: Hail and Farewell

Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design held a dual celebration in May when the doors opened to its $31 million renovation … More Kendall Presidents: Hail and Farewell »

University of Michigan’s  Newest Dean Wows Her Audience

Healing lead-poisoning in children with backpacks? According to the new Dean of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & the Environment, books in a backpack … More University of Michigan’s  Newest Dean Wows Her Audience »

NEWS FLASH on Improving Children’s Reading Skills: ART

How many people know that studying fine art not only enhances artistic skills, but also raises reading scores? Some 1500 third-graders from the Grand … More NEWS FLASH on Improving Children’s Reading Skills: ART »

‘Renew Blandford School’ a First for GRPS

The $2.3 million campaign to put up a permanent school building for 60 sixth-graders in the Grand Rapids Public Schools will break ground in … More ‘Renew Blandford School’ a First for GRPS »

Grand Rapids CC Pays Tribute To Peter Wege

October 11, 2011, was declared Peter Wege Night by Grand Rapids Community College’s Foundation. The program described Wege as a “Local Legend” and “Global … More Grand Rapids CC Pays Tribute To Peter Wege »

Peter Wege’s Farm Hosts Friends of Blandford

Jamon Alexander, a former BEEP – or “Blandford Environmental Education Program” graduate – stands with Annoesjka Steinman (top left), Blandford Nature Center’s director, at … More Peter Wege’s Farm Hosts Friends of Blandford »

Aquinas College Honors Triumvirate

Aquinas’s Reflections Award this year went to three people who are not only long-time friends of the college’s, but they are also long-time friends … More Aquinas College Honors Triumvirate »

Wege Surprise Honors Dr. Jonathan Bulkley

To Peter Wege, Jonathan is not only a gifted scholar, teacher, and researcher, but he is also one of Peter’s closest friends. They first … More Wege Surprise Honors Dr. Jonathan Bulkley »

Economicology Students Share Costa Rica’s pura vida

In April 2011, eight students and two educators from the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ City High/Middle School spent over a week in Costa Rica … More Economicology Students Share Costa Rica’s pura vida »

Wildlife Filmmaker Captivates GRPS Students

Chris Palmer delivered the 15th annual Aquinas College Wege Lecture at 4 pm April 15. Earlier in the day, the internationally known environmental filmmaker … More Wildlife Filmmaker Captivates GRPS Students »

INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA AT GRPS CITY HIGH/MIDDLE

After a three year application process, Grand Rapids Public School’s City High/Middle School is the first in the area to offer a Middle Years … More INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA AT GRPS CITY HIGH/MIDDLE »

Former Boy Soldier Speaks at City High’s Graduation

Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone on the west coast of Africa, was kidnapped by government troops when he was 12 and forced into … More Former Boy Soldier Speaks at City High’s Graduation »

NEW MASTERS OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS DEGREE IN G.R.

Aquinas College announced its new Master of Sustainable Business Degree, the first of its kind in the upper Midwest, at a luncheon held May … More NEW MASTERS OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS DEGREE IN G.R. »

Famous Oceanographer Engages GRPS Students

  You cannot save what you do not know and love. Aldo Leopold, American ecologist The week of Earth Day April 2010 was celebrated … More Famous Oceanographer Engages GRPS Students »

NEW BLANDFORD LEADER HITS THE GROUND RUNNING

Blandford Nature Center is an environmental, wildlife nature center and school in northwest Grand Rapids created in the 1960s. Several years ago Blandford’s chief … More NEW BLANDFORD LEADER HITS THE GROUND RUNNING »

The Kids Take on : TAKE BACK THE TAP

Peter M. Wege has forever said that if this planet is to be saved, “The kids must do it.” He’s counting on the children … More The Kids Take on : TAKE BACK THE TAP »

Wege Foundation Sends Students to Inauguration

Despite 1.9 million people squeezed together for hours in freezing weather on Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 20, City High School senior Britany Benson said … More Wege Foundation Sends Students to Inauguration »

City High/Middle School Students Hit Economicology Turf

To say the first economicology curriculum in town is up and running after one semester is not exactly true. Students at City High/Middle School … More City High/Middle School Students Hit Economicology Turf »

The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers: How they came to be

In 2002 when Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, built a world-class family recreation center in a blighted part of San … More The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers: How they came to be »

Economicology Principles Move into Grand Rapids’ Classrooms

Thanks to The Wege Foundation, the Grand Rapids Public Schools are infusing Peter Wege’s concept of economicology into the curriculum. Wege coined the word … More Economicology Principles Move into Grand Rapids’ Classrooms »

ASU Chief Goes After Fellow Academic Leaders

The 2008 Climate Leadership Summit of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment concluded its two days of meetings in Grand Rapids, Michigan, … More ASU Chief Goes After Fellow Academic Leaders »

Junior Achievement of West Michigan Honors Peter M. Wege

At a black-time banquet in the Amway Grand Hotel, Junior Achievement of West Michigan named Peter M. Wege the winner of the 2008 Edward … More Junior Achievement of West Michigan Honors Peter M. Wege »

Want Quick Green Facts and In-depth Info?

Visit www.css.snre.umich.edu/facts Since the early 1990s, Peter Wege has been actively involved with the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University … More Want Quick Green Facts and In-depth Info? »

NEW SOLAR PANELS SAVE ENERGY, PROMOTE LEARNING

On a hot August day in 2006, Peter M. Wege had the honor of cutting a big red ribbon to open the newly rebuilt … More NEW SOLAR PANELS SAVE ENERGY, PROMOTE LEARNING »

PETER WEGE RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM THE U OF M

The University of Michigan paid its highest tribute to lifelong East Grand Rapids resident Peter M. Wege by awarding him an honorary degree as … More PETER WEGE RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM THE U OF M »

G. R. MAGAZINE NAMES PETER M. WEGE ONE OF CITY’S MOST POWERFUL

The December issue of Grand Rapids Magazine published brief profiles on the 25 people their staff considered the city’s most important. The first person … More G. R. MAGAZINE NAMES PETER M. WEGE ONE OF CITY’S MOST POWERFUL »