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The Cultural Arts Program (CAP) for WISD Young Adults recently held a dance/painting class at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti. Students enjoyed learning Latin dance steps and painting with assistance from staff and local artists. It was another outstanding opportunity for our students!
The PSO hosted the annual High Point/Kiwanis dinner/talent show fundraiser on May 7. Students, staff and parents contributed to the talent show festivities and the Ann Arbor West Kiwanis Club did a marvelous job of serving and preparing the dinner. Many thanks to everyone who made it a successful event.
An Ann Arbor News photographer also covered the event. Click here to view his photos online.
The annual Washtenaw Area Council for Children was held April 24 at the Ann Arbor City Club. Speakers included Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder, Washtenaw Prosecutor Brian Mackie, WISD's Neal Elyakin-chair of the WACC board, WACC Executive Director Jyoti Gupta. Sheriff Jerry Clayton, State Representative Jeff Irwin and WISD's Executive Director of Special Education Jennifer Scott-Burton were also in attendance. WACC is one of WISD's partner organizations.
Close to 100 runners/walkers and volunteers participated in the First Annual Run, Walk and Roll race at WISD on April 19, 2014. The some 75 participants and our sponsors helped to raise close to $3,000 for the High Point Boundless Playground. Thanks to the High Point/WISD and Gretchen's House staff for volunteering and to the Honey Creek families who came out and joined the race. It was an amazing day!
Supt. Scott Menzel was the keynote speaker at the 61st annual Brown Chapel AME Brotherhood Banquet, Friday, February 28, 2014. Mr. Menzel addressed over 200 guests about the importance of the community being involved in the education of students and gave a call to action on how they can support their local school district.
The WISD Aktion Club hosted a "Bowling for Dollars" fundraiser Thursday, Feb. 27 at Colonial Lanes. There were 41 bowlers in attendance and they raised $50. The proceeds will be donated to Sleeping Children Around the World and Eliminate Project. The students had a great time!
WISD collaboration leads to over 300 students receiving a free book for World Book Night event.
High Point students and staff enjoyed a fun and festive Valentine's Day celebration. The afternoon event included lunch in the cafeteria, decorated with lots of red, pink and purple hearts and accents.
The Education Project for Homeless Youth provides more than educational tools to help students succeed. This brief video provides insight to their critical work for over a thousand students in Washtenaw County.
A 2014 Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Mini-grant was awarded to VSA Washtenaw through the efforts of TC Deb Duranczyk. The $3,817 will be used to enhance art education, encompassing visual and performing arts. Deb has already begun meeting with a WISD team of educators to thoughtfully plan how the funding will be used to engage students in new and interesting ways.
To learn more about this grant program visit: www.michiganadvantage.org/arts.