Kalamazoo Public Schools alumni launch group to support ‘Future Teachers of Color’

Organization members Marcus Moore, DeShaun Cornelius, Sarah Giramia, Jarae McCoy, Hailey Timmerman, and William Wright pose for a photo. (Photo provided to MLive from Kalamazoo Public Schools | Credit Linda Mah) Students at Western Michigan University are doing their part to increase the number of African American teachers in Michigan. Future Teachers of Color, a new student organization founded by alumni of Kalamazoo Public Schools, is working to help support developing teachers of color at WMU, according to a press release from the local school district. Loy Norrix High School graduates Hailey Timmerman, William Wright and Sarah Giramia are three of the organization’s founding members and

Benton Harbor Area Schools receive technology to help improve reading skills

The Frederick S. Upton Foundation recently awarded the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation a grant to supply Amazon Kindle tablets to four second-grade classrooms at International Academy at Hull. The project will build on the work of Eddie Marshall’s Toys for the Needy organization and the Sunrise Rotary, according to a news release. “Based on what we have seen in the pilot programs, this grant will help improve reading skills for all the second graders in Benton Harbor Area Schools. This will provide the children with a better foundation for meeting the important third grade Michigan reading requirements designed to have a significant impact on their long-term educational success,” Dav

GVSU outreach center opens, offering help getting into college for Battle Creek students

Students in Battle Creek who need help finding the right college, filling out applications and financial aid forms and figuring out how to pay for it have a new place to turn to for help. The Grand Valley Outreach Center is at 8 Michigan Ave. West in downtown Battle Creek. (Photo: Elena Durnbaugh) The center was announced in May as part of a partnership between Grand Valley and Battle Creek Public Schools, supported by a $15.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation It's aimed at helping Battle Creek students get into college, being an education and career resource for the community and providing professional support for teachers. "When we learned about Battle Creek Public Schools and

Students benefit from Blessings in a Backpack program

Studies show that children who show up to school healthy and well-nourished learn better. They are more likely to attend school and take advantage of educational opportunities. Undernourished children are at a disadvantage from the moment they walk into school. Poor nutrition increases fatigue, shortens attention span, and decreases work capacity. Food insecure children tend to be absent more often because of illnesses. Blessings in a Backpack addresses the problem of hunger for food insecure school children by helping families meet their nutritional needs on weekends when the students don’t have access to the meals they receive at school. A backpack is sent home each Friday with a qualifyin

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