2013-2014 School Year Program/Building Changes:
- Wilkins Elementary-Middle School program and building will close.
- All Wilkins students will be reassigned to A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School; only 2.7 miles away.
Wilkins Elementary-Middle School meets the academic, social, emotional, moral and technological needs of each student with the assistance of parents and the community. Our school also has a partnership with Playworks, a national non-profit organization that provides opportunities for physical activity at recess and during the school day, and uses play to improve the school climate. A full-time Americorps volunteer organizes play experiences for the K-5 student population and has trained student leaders in the 3rd through 8th grades to assist students in having positive play experiences to decrease bullying and conflict during the school day. Wayne County Community College offers our students a Youth Skills College Program, which provides classes on many topics including bullying and entrepreneurship. Wilkins also partners with Meer Senior Apartments in an inter-generational experience where our students interact with senior citizens for food and fun. The school is located on the east side of Detroit near the Detroit City Airport and is accessible by both McNichols and Gratiot buses.
Accelerated Reading/Math, After School Tutoring/Extended Day Program, Basketball, Soccer, Communities in Schools, Playworks Conflict Resolution/Violence Prevention Program, Reading Program, Elementary Basketball League (EBL), Computer Classes, Local School Community Organization (LSCO), First Move Chess Program, Reading Corps Volunteers, Youth Skills College through WCCCD, Career Day, Peace Day, Scripts Howard Spelling Bee, Harvest Festival, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant, School/Community Garden, Middle School Girls Basketball 2011 League Winners, Honors Programs, Parent Workshops, Partnership with Playworks, AmeriCorps, Meer Senior Apartments
The vision of Wilkins is to be a school of excellence, where students are encouraged to become academic learners, independent thinkers, lifelong learners, future leaders, and productive citizens, ready for the challenges of the 21st century.
The mission of William D. Wilkins elementary/Middle School is to be a Center of Excellence, which promotes the academic, social, emotional, moral and technological needs of each student in a clean, safe and healthy environment, with the assistance of students, staff, parents and community.
Commitment to a Healthy Lifestyle
Wilkins will provide a healthy school in partnership with the Fruit and Vegetable Grant offered through the Michigan Department of Education, which allows students to try a fresh and often Michigan grown, fruit or vegetable daily. The school environment is devoted to guiding students toward discovering a healthy lifestyle.
About the Principal
Yvonne Stokes was recognized as an Outstanding Educator by the Michigan Women’s Commission for her commitment to the field of education. She believes that the rewards of education are many as children are our most valuable resource and that educators are able to provide them with the opportunities for growth that can affect how successfully their lives proceed. She believes that all children can learn and that children learn best in a nourishing environment that services the whole child. She is a Cass Technical High School graduate.
The Name We Honor
The school is named in honor of William D. Wilkins. He was elected to the state house as a Federalist in 1821 but resigned soon after to become the presiding judge of the fifth judicial district of Pennsylvania and was appointed Secretary of War in February 1844, a post in which he advocated western territorial expansion. Colonel William Wilkins was so loved by the teachers of Detroit, that they gave him a special sword on the evening of his departure to the Mexican War in 1861, in which he was taken prisoner. (Source: Dickinson College)
He was a member of the Board of Education, was President many terms and was instrumental in the hiring of the first Black teacher in the Detroit Schools, Fannie Richards. He was impressed with her personality and introduced her to the Superintendent of Schools. She was allowed to apply, ranked highest among the applicants and was hired at Colored School Number 2.