Nowlin receives Promethean Board through Adopt-A-Classroom program

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation
Nowlin first-grade teacher Michelle Gale (back row third from left) shows off her classroom’s new Promethean Board along with Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation Executive Director Eddie Fakhoury (second from left) and Dearborn Rotary Club members Majid Rizk (left); Valerie Murphy-Goodrich, Dearborn Rotary Foundation chairwoman; James Thorpe and Margaret Blohm. The Rotary Club donated the money to purchase and install the interactive whiteboard system.

DEARBORN — Nowlin Elementary School is the first classroom to reap the benefit of the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation’s Adopt-A-Classroom Program, which focuses on equipping DPS classrooms with needed technology.

The Rotary Club of Dearborn’s Rotary Foundation helped initiate the program in partnership with DPSEF to fund Michelle Gale’s first-grade classroom at Nowlin with a Promethean Board, an interactive whiteboard system. The club donated $3,800 for the purchase and installation of the board.

“I don’t know how I managed without it,” Gayle said. “Thank you, Dearborn Rotary, for your investment and to the Dearborn Education Foundation for this program.”

“Our Rotary Club is pleased to support technological innovation in the schools,” said Valerie Murphy-Goodrich, chairwoman of the Dearborn Rotary Foundation. “Working with the Dearborn Education Foundation will continue to benefit our students and our community.”

Businesses or organizations wishing to support the Adopt-A-Classroom Program should DPSEF Executive Director Eddie Fakhoury at 313-827-8790 or

Fakhoury said other Nowlin classrooms are in need of the interactive whiteboards.

The DPSEF is a licensed 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps enhance the education that students receive from DPS through grants to fund technology, equipment and innovative programs not funded by the school district’s budget. The DPSEF has funded more than $1.5 million in grants.