Funding from CLK Foundation helps maintain quality education

CLK Foundation photo CLK students have access to a $15,000 plasma cutting system thanks to the CLK Foundation and a financial partner. The system, used in the metals/welding industry, is state-of-the-art technology.

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — In educational quality, Calumet High School ranks among the top 10 schools in the state of Michigan. The district has received recognition from US News & World Report for nine consecutive years and continues to strive to provide students educational opportunities to prepare them for the future.

But every school district faces continual budget restrictions, and the CLK Foundation exists to help the district with additional funding to provide students exceptional academic opportunities.

“The foundation provides students with scholastic opportunities the school otherwise couldn’t afford,” said Elsa Green, executive administrative assistant of the high school. “It’s a real benefit to the district.”

The CLK Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides funding for educational students of the district, grades K-12, both in and out of the classroom.

For example, the foundation has provided funds for the middle school First Tech Challenge (FTC) and high school First Robotics Competition (FRC) teams.

Foundation funds purchased needed equipment for its athletic teams, to expand educational opportunities and support program growth. Included in that were tools such as CAD (computer aided design) and 3-D printers, programming computers and EV3 robotic kits and iPads.

In 2017, five graduating seniors received scholarships from the foundation. One was Jessica Erkkila, who is now attending the University of Michigan.

“I’m very grateful to be a recipient of the CLK Foundation Scholarship,” Erkilla said.

The scholarship, she said, will help her to realize her dream of attending medical school in the future.

At the elementary level, the foundation, in 2017, provided funding for K-5 students in the elementary school for a web-based instructional tool to support teachers and engaged students, called BrainPOP.

The foundation has also provided funds for middle school students to attend Michigan Technological University Summer Youth Programs.

The foundation was formed in 1996 with the objective of providing resources that might otherwise be beyond the district to fund. Most of the foundation’s financial resources are used to fund projects proposed by teachers

The foundation is run by a group of community volunteers, and a board of directors, with a mission is to ensure that nearly all donations received are allocated to projects that academically benefit CLK students.