Busy Saturday celebrates family learning in Detroit

May 2nd, 2011
Michael Brennan, president and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, looks on as Tocqueville member Dr. Ravi tells his order to Sam at the Restaurant Role Play station.

It was very busy Saturday in Detroit for events focused on celebrating family learning and inspiring children to achieve.

Members of the United Way Tocqueville Society visited our Larkins Early Learning Communities (ELC) in southwest Detroit. Tocqueville Society members are major individual donors who contribute at least $10,000 a year to a specific United Way – in this case, the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

The Skillman Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary with an event at Ford Field called “Kids Matter Here Summit II.” Hundreds of families turned out. The free event offered food and music, carnival rides, updates on Skillman’s Good Neighborhoods and Good Schools work, and information for families about excellent schools and preparing kids for college. Partner agencies, including Southwest Solutions, set up tables to inform families about how their programs benefit children, youth and families.

At Clark Park, families enjoyed Día de Los Niños- Día de los Libros (Day of children – day of books). Southwest Solutions provided information to families about our Early Childhood and Family Literacy program, our workforce development program, and our Adult Literacy Lab.

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