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Welcome to our blog! The DeVos Learning Center at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum aims to become the premier education destination for teaching students about character, integrity, public service, and civic education through the lessons learned from President and Betty Ford. I will be using this blog to tell our story! Visit often to hear about our programs, activities, and student success stories.

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Participants will explore the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to learn lessons of leadership from their hometown president, Gerald R. Ford, while discovering that they can be great leaders, too! Through hands-on and engaging activities, games, and projects, campers will discover the ways that they, themselves, can be leaders and change-makers in their own communities. Program details for Tomorrow’s Leaders Dates: Tuesday, July 23 – Friday, 26, 2019 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day Location: DeVos Learning Center at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 To register please visit: Online RSVP To download event flyer: Program PDF Flyer Limit: 24 participants Registration Deadline: July 12, 2019 (or until full) Fee: $15 / child; includes four-day program, snacks, and leadership celebration on last day of camp. Lunch will not be provided; please send your child with a sack lunch each day.  To register / Questions: Contact Clare Shubert E: cshubert@38foundation.org P: 616-254-0409

Victors of Character: A Story of Loyalty, Integrity, and the Courage to Make a Difference You and your students are invited to a live theater event based on the true story! (download Event PDF) Two University of Michigan football stars…two best friends…one black, one white… and one unforgettable football game that changed their lives forever. Bring your students to experience the theater production that brings to life the story of President Gerald R. Ford and Willis Ward and how they turned a moment of challenge into a lifetime pursuit to make our world a better place. Who: Students in grades 4 through 12 and their teachers (space is limited) When: Choose from four options for this one-hour performance (register by February 1st) Thursday, February 21st at 9:30 a.m. (online RSVP for this performance) Thursday, February 21st at 12:30 p.m. (online RSVP for this performance) Friday, February 22nd at 9:30 a.m. (online RSVP for this performance) Friday, February 22nd at 12:30 p.m. (online RSVP for this performance) Where: The Auditorium of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Registration: To register your class for this free performance Click on the e-RSVP links above next to the performances Contact Clare Shubert at cshubert@38foundation.org or 616-254-0409 Premier Performance Sponsors Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum Mercantile Bank of Michigan    

Victors of Character: A Story of Loyalty, Integrity, and the Courage to Make a Difference You and your students are invited to a premier performance! download Event PDF Two University of Michigan football stars…two best friends…one black, one white… and one unforgettable football game that changed their lives forever. Come see a world premier theater production that brings to life the story of President Gerald R. Ford and Willis Ward and how they turned a moment of challenge into a lifetime pursuit to making our world a better place. Who: Students in grades 4 through 12 and their teachers When: Choose from four options for this one-hour performance: Thursday, February 15th at 9:30 a.m. (Online RSVP for this performance) Thursday, February 15th at 12:30 p.m. (Online RSVP for this performance) Friday, February 16th at 9:30 a.m. (Online RSVP for this performance) Friday, February 16th at 12:30 p.m. (Online RSVP for this performance) Where: The Auditorium of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Registration: To register your class for this free performance Click on the e-RSVP links above next to the performances Contact Clare Shubert at cshubert@38foundation.org or 616-254-0409    

Hear what teachers have to say about our programs and get a glimpse of what students are doing! The DeVos Learning Center opened in Spring 2016, and is a multi-million dollar addition supported by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. It provides a state-of-the-art learning space for students visiting the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here, learners of all ages will engage in interactive and meaningful programs that seek to instill the qualities of President and Mrs. Ford: character, integrity, public service, and civic education. Our Foundation’s education team has carefully designed programs with the needs of your students in mind. Classes provide an opportunity to learn about character through the lens of historical events and are aligned with State and Common Core standards. Students will use the latest in educational technology to interact with the Museum while learning from primary sources such as artifacts, documents, photographs, and video that tell the story of our 38th President. Visitors will gain an understanding of the events that ultimately shaped the character of the man who would come to lead our nation during a tumultuous time in history and return integrity to the White House. This video features what teachers have to say about our programs at the DeVos Learning Center, and get a glimpse of what students are doing inside the classrooms. We want to empower young people to be leaders and be change-makers in their own community, while learning from President and Mrs. Ford.