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Cooking and the Community: It Matters

Detroit area food bloggers participate in the Gleaners Community Food Bank class "Cooking Matters" and learn more about the program and its importance within the community.

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Lou Glazer: Smart, young workers are vital

"We all want a high prosperity Michigan. A place, once again, with a broad middle class. It was a status we enjoyed for most of the 20th century, but now have lost.

'How to get there? Gov. Rick Snyder in his Special Message to the Legislature on Talent provided the answer: 'In the 20th century, the most valuable assets to job creators were financial and material capital. In a changing global economy, that is no longer the case. Today, talent has surpassed other resources as the driver of economic growth'..."

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Businesses right to invest in early ed

This year at the Annual Mackinac Policy Conference held every May, one of the sessions highlighted the case for businesses investing in early education. Business leaders throughout the state are taking an interest in this because they know that their future also suffers if children enter school unprepared and struggle for the rest of their academic career. As it stands, one in three children in Michigan enters kindergarten unprepared. 

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Grantee Excellent Schools Detroit honored at Game Changers event

W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantee, Excellent Schools Detroit – a true champion for education -  is the 2012 recipient of Playworks Detroit’s Game Changers Inclusion Award presented on March 21, 2012 at the “Get in The Game” luncheon.

A coalition of education, government, community, parent and nonprofit leaders, Excellent Schools Detroit has developed a citywide education plan to help ensure that all Detroit children are in an excellent school by 2020. Its goal is to see 90 percent of the city's students graduating from high school, 90 percent of them going on to college or quality career training and 90 percent of them being ready to succeed at college or career training without needing remedial education.

The Playworks Detroit 2012 “Get in the Game” luncheon and “Game Changer Awards” were created to recognize individuals, companies and organizations that are making a positive impact on the well-being of Detroit.

Join us in congratulating Excellent Schools Detroit and the other award winners making a difference.

To learn more about Excellent School Detroit, visit www.excellentschoolsdetroit.org.  More information about Playworks Detroit can be found at http://www.playworks.org
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Can systemic racism impact infant mortality?

Even when controlling for poverty, education level, and tobacco use of a mother, maternal and infant health outcomes are far worse for minority populations than European-American women. What's causing the continued disparities? And what can West Michigan do to ensure all babies born here have the best chance of reaching their potential? Zinta Aistars reports on Strong Beginnings, one local program working to give all families a fair start.

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Company Supports 4th Grade Field Trips to Lake Michigan

Parents working more than one job or odd hours, a lack of funds, and no transportation often prevent kids from experiencing one of Michigan’s incredible natural resources. For the majority of west side Grand Rapids elementary school kids, Lake Michigan is sadly out of reach. OST has teamed up with Grand Rapids Public Schools to give fourth-graders at west side schools the opportunity to experience the big lake firsthand.


Youth Decide Where Grant Dollars are Spent

For Grand Rapids students who serve as trustees-in-training on the GRCF Youth Grant Committee, giving back to the community goes hand in hand with empowering students to succeed. 
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