Category: Parents

$50,000,000, Hope and Advocacy For Detroit Earliest Learners

Where does hope start in a city like Detroit where 14 percent of third graders read at grade level and 60 percent live in poverty?” It starts with a cohesive collaboration of community leaders, community foundations, educators, lawmakers, and parents. That’s the heart of the citywide initiative called Hope Starts Here, which heard from all of us for a full…

Libraries, Laundry and Lots of Fun

All evening long a little boy with the cutest curly afro ran up and down the aisle of the laundromat. His energy level was one not for the faint of heart. Ms. Q, as families call her, entered the laundromat greeted by him enjoying the view from the floor. Libraries Without Borders, Laundry Cares and Brilliant Detroit have given families access to…

We Don’t Need More Guns in Our Community. What Will It Take?

It is amazing to me that after Sunday’s church shooting that killed more than two dozen people, some Michigan legislators want to pass legislation that puts more guns in churches. In Michigan, Republican leaders are sponsoring a three-bill package (SB 584-586) that would allow licensed gun carriers to take their weapons into churches, schools, bars, athletic stadiums and other venues that…

Never Underestimate the Power of a Parent’s Voice

Never underestimate the power of a parent’s voice who fights for education. I believe that when we speak it first comes from a place of personal necessity, one that says my child is hurting, has been mistreated, or does not have what he or she needs. Once you know this, you can address the situation with the right people and…

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