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Tigers star provides proven character-building program to students Heart of a Champion, a program designed to elevate the lives of 7,500 students in 39 Detroit Public Schools launched Sept. 23 at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy with a high-energy kick-off event including Katrina Hunter, wife of the Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, school district officials and city dignitaries. Through their charitable effort, The Torii Hunter Project, the Detroit Tigers All-Star outfielder and his wife are funding the program for the school district. Heart of a Champion is a character-building program that is proven to reduce dropout rates and increase student performance and graduation rates among students in 26 states. “We are excited to bring a program to Detroit that has been proven
Munger Elementary-Middle School hosted a Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20. The school distributed food and clothing to nearly 100 families. Munger staff and students worked with partners including Gleaners Community Food Bank, Bridging Communities and Alternatives for Girls to distribute food, jackets, coats, hooded sweaters, boots and more to community members in need.
Bosch Energy, Science and Technology (BEST) program funds 25 classroom projects By 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be an estimated 274,000 jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in Michigan. The concern that Bosch and others have is: Will the next-generation workforce be ready to move into these jobs? To demonstrate its commitment to helping prepare students for these jobs, the Bosch Community Fund (BCF) recently announced $35,000 in grants to Detroit Public Schools. These grants include awards to 26 Detroit Public Schools teachers, representing 25 projects, as part of its Bosch Energy, Science and Technology (BEST) grant program. These grants will support teachers who have developed an innovative curriculum that promotes STEM
As Principal Deborah Hurst walks down the bright new hallways at Munger Elementary-Middle School in Southwest Detroit, she high-fives a middle school student. A few minutes later, she high-fives a passing teacher and then a parent filling out a form at the Department of Human Services Office just off the main hallway. Later, she stands outside the back door near the playground and high-fives every prekindergarten student walking back into the school after a mandatory fire drill. “It’s the universal greeting at Munger,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you speak Spanish, English or Arabic. It doesn’t matter what your culture is. We greet each other here. This is not just a schoolhouse. This is a school home.” In fact,
Gleaners Community Food Bank is working with students at Munger Elementary-Middle to improve student health and expose students to healthy eating! The program, called Cooking Matters, is offered for six weeks. Students learn about healthy foods and are able to participate in cooking demonstrations. Some of the menu items: Chinese vegetables with brown rice and a low-sodium soy sauce. Also on the menu: healthy mac and cheese. Mmmmm!
Thank You! Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan for donating new bicycles to the students of Munger Elementary-Middle School
Two students at Munger Elementary-Middle School are the lucky winners of brand NEW bicycles, thanks to their awesome attendance rate on Count Day, October 3. The bicycles were donated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, helping to generate excitement on Count Day. The winner of the girl’s bike was Biance Wood-2nd grader in Ms. Bowen’s class. The winner of the boy’s bike was Ludger Bartolon-5th grader in Ms. Zohny’s class. A special thank you is extended to Len Krichko, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, and the club’s Professional Team of Gerald, Carrie and Jeanette, who helped the new Munger School prepare for Count Day with the bicycles as incentives! On
Public Invited to Community Walk with America’s Doctor The 925 students of Detroit Public Schools’ (DPS) Munger Pre-K to 8 School in Detroit, Michigan hosted a very special guest Friday, October 12. The Nation’s 18th Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin paid a visit to the school, joined students for lunch and led a community “Surgeon General’s Walk” around the school. Dr. Benjamin, who also chairs the National Prevention Council, is visiting the Detroit area to hold regional meetings to promote the National Prevention Strategy. The National Prevention Strategy provides steps that everyone can take – businesses, educators, health care institutions, government, communities and every single American – to help us become a healthy and fit nation. The First Lady’s Let’s
To help launch this year’s Ford Global Week of Caring, members of UAW Local 600 helped build raised garden beds for Bridging Communities to support students at Munger Elementary School in Detroit. “Great things happen when the community comes together for kids!” said Munger Principal Deborah Hurst. Ford Fund provided a $5,000 grant to purchase tools and materials for this joint UAW and Ford project. The volunteers built the beds for the urban garden, and students will plant and grow fresh produce for the surrounding neighborhood. “Ford and its employees are dedicated to building a better world and improving the quality of life for people in our local communities,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services.