Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Some City of Detroit offices will be closed on Monday, August 26 for budget-required furlough (BRF):
· Board of Ethics
· City Council
· Communications & Creative Services Division & Total Copy Center
· Detroit Building Authority
· Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority (GDRRA)
· Human Resources (with the exception of Payroll Division)
· Human Rights
· Mayor’s Office
· Purchasing Division (Finance Department)
· Recreation (Administration, Recreation Centers & Community Affairs)
However, these departments will be open on August 12 & 26:
· Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED)
· Department of Public Works
· Finance Department (Income Tax, Assessments, Property Tax & Treasury)
· Planning & Development Department
Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 14:33
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
All Four One teams up with UAW Region 1A Vote Center and law groups to provide free legal clinic in Detroit
All Four One has joined forces with UAW Region 1A, Michigan Bar Association, Wolverine Bar Association, Lakeshore Legal Aid, Legal Aid & Defender Association, The Injury Law Firm PLLC and other legal associations based in Detroit, to provide free legal assistance to the community. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 31, at UAW Region 1A Vote Center at 15140 Livernois Ave. Detroit, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The attorneys participating in the legal clinic will explain law procedures, help clients fill out forms, and provide legal advice to clients that attend. Areas of the law covered include Friend of the Court, bankruptcy, expungement, landlord/tenant and crime victim. The Honorable Judge Debra Thomas will in attendance to answer group questions pertaining to expungement from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
All Four One is a 501(c) 3 federal tax-exempt organization committed to providing educational resources to underserved communities in Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. Since 2007, the organization has recognized the immeasurable power of human capital and how investing in education can change lives. With over six years of experience providing education and training services to Detroit residents and neighboring communities, All Four One is committed to helping people build better communities through education, mentoring, civic engagement, cultural enrichment and financial literacy. These programs are designed to increase the academic preparedness, vocational skills and personal development of adults and youth, thereby transitioning individuals who were deemed community liabilities into community assets.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 13:31
Category: Community Written by C.L. Price
Intense behind-the-scenes efforts designed to transform the typical back to school experience from ordinary to extraordinary have been underway for months at Detroit Public Schools.
DPS administrators hope that parents will like what they see as they open the doors to an ambitious month long series of Open Doors events at area schools this month.
Stakeholders, impressed with the improvements, hope to see additional progress as DPS students begin to hit the books this school year.
The system is more “customer-focused” than ever before, according to DPS officials. For area parents, that translates to better communication, additional support and enhanced technology and teaching tools in area classrooms, in addition to intensified efforts to maintain student safety and well-being not only on school properties, but school routes.
DPS announced a broad expansion of its Citizen Patrol programs to vastly expand Safe Routes for Detroit children and their families going to and from school this fall, enlisting hundreds of volunteers to patrol 14 key geographic school areas beginning with the first day of school.
“The safety of our students and staff, not only while in school, but on their way to school, is a top priority for Detroit Public Schools,” said DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “We have worked diligently over the last few years to reduce crime in and around our schools. However, we recognize that we cannot do this on our own. The more support and engagement we have from the community, the safer we will be able to make our schools and the more likely parents will be to enroll their children in our 97 neighborhood-centered, quality schools throughout the city.”
DPS also planned announcements in August for other major initiatives as part of the district’s 5-year Strategic Plan, including new parenting programs, such as a Parent University; a new Customer Service initiative; a broad expansion of arts and music offerings so every elementary and middle school students will have access to quality programs; new Career Academies, where students can earn an associate’s degree while attending high school, as well as participate in internships and apprenticeships; and a new Community Schools model. Under that model, buildings will soon serve as “12/7 Community Schools,” to better serve the needs of families district-wide.
A SMART START
DPS is making a major investment in early Childhood development with the planned expansion of Pre-Kindergarten to all eligible 4-year-olds, which help children learn to read before 3rd grade.
“We know that students who can read by 3rd grade will stay engaged in school and graduate at much higher rates,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools.
The profound changes well underway and renewed commitment of DPS is hoped to better support area families, improve student performance and an ample supply of qualified candidates for high-growth jobs destined to drive the city’s economic rebirth, according to a DPS spokesperson.
FAITH IN EDUCATION
DPS leaders will take their message to the pulpits of churches across Detroit Sundays through mid-September, showcasing new initiatives and a renewed spirit about restoring faith in education in Detroit.
CHANGE IS AHEAD
Change is ahead, and throughout August area parents are invited to bear witness to ongoing efforts to improve DPS.
Aug. 3 ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day Hundreds of volunteers paint, clean and beautify school grounds and map out safe school routes.
Aug. 9 Safe Route program expansion is announced, enlisting the support of hundreds of volunteers dedicated to maintaining safety along 14 dedicated safe routes throughout the school year.
Aug. 20 – 11 a.m. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Diann Banks-Williamson (Special) Education Center will deliver new resources and support for students (grades 9 – 12) on the campus of East English Village Preparatory Academy.
Aug. 21 – 23 The 1st Annual Back To School Teaching and Learning Symposium at the Marriott Renaissance, which is being held for DPS instructional staff, will ensure that teachers return to class with advanced skills, enhanced cross-curricular strategies and tools to increase parental involvement. Renowned poet, educator and author Dr. Maya Angelou will address teachers on Aug. 22, extoling the virtues and rewards of teaching, as well as the importance of continuous instruction.
Aug. 23 A Multicultural Food Fest is on the menu, as parents and the community are invited to enjoy foods, sights and sounds reflecting the many cultures of DPS students at Clemente, Detroit International Academy, Priest and Marcus Garvey Academy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Families will also have the opportunity to examine DPS offerings for English Language Learners including laptops for bilingual class rooms, listening stations (cd players with headsets and story books) and mutli-language storybooks and picture dictionaries, which reflect Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocols (SIOP).
Aug. 24 – 10 a.m. -
2 p.m. DPS’ Open Doors Day promises to be a show-stopping series of activities and events at nearly every school across DPS (see sidebar), including 11 of the 12 DPS schools ranked in the top 20 by Excellent Schools Detroit: Thirkell, Davison, Garvey, Burton International, Chrysler, Bates Academy, Vernor, Maybury, Pasteur, Charles Wright and Clippert.
Some Highlights of
Golightly Education (PreK – 8) Center Principal Dr. Sherrell Hobbs will showcase Golightly’s new Early Learning Neighborhood Center for Pre-kindergarten students at 5536 St. Antoine, Midtown Detroit
Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) Registrants will receive a free eye exam and glasses, if prescribed, within the first two weeks of school. They will also be scheduled for a free dental exam, cleaning and prescribed dental services during that same timeframe. A free MST school uniform shirt distribution and gift card raffle is also scheduled.
Visitors can also see Engineering and Science and parent resources demonstrations and access DHS, Detroit Parent Network and area employers at the event.
Aug. 28 Free Books will be available thanks to the generous donation of major DPS corporate sponsors at DPS’ 8 Parent Resource Centers, which will be open to showcase their services.
Aug. 30 The NAACP Back to School / Stay in School Day, co-hosted by DPS at the North End at Delores Bennett Park from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. will include free back-to-school supplies provided by the NAACP Youth Council, DPN, Delores Bennett Park Community, Radio One, Black Family and Vanguard Community Development organizations.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 11:02
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Charles H. Wright Museum, AARP Michigan partner to present Grandparents Day celebration.
AARP Michigan and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will celebrate the important role grandparents play in families at Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 8, the date of the national holiday. The free event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. at the museum, located at 315 East Warren Ave., Detroit.
“Grandparents Day is a unique opportunity for grandparents and parents to bring their children to a fulfilling event that allows them to learn and play together in a safe and fun environment,” said Lisa Whitmore Davis, AARP Michigan associate state director for multi-cultural outreach.
Activities include museum exhibits, a resource fair, the Ultimate Wii Experience, games for the whole family and more. Refreshments will be served and free valet parking provided. Register by calling 1-877-926-8300.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 09:48
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