Flint’s successful community education model is back! Designed to meet the needs of today’s families, students and residents, Flint’s Community Education Initiative offers key services and resources in Flint schools, allowing schools to once again become the hub of neighborhoods. The initiative began at Brownell/Holmes STEM academies and has expanded to include Eisenhower, Potter and Durant- Tuuri-Mott elementary schools.
Activities and services available to students, parents and all Flint residents include community engagement, sports and physical activity, nutrition education, garden education and community gardens, health care services, after-school programming, job development and literacy programs.
The development of additional programs will be driven by community feedback. Community School Directors at each school will work with principals, parents, students and neighborhood residents to determine the best strategy for each school’s needs.
The Community Education Initiative is a collaborative of partner organizations,
with the Crim Fitness Foundation as lead agency, that will help schools create a sustainable community-wide system of support for students and families. Support is provided by the Flint Community Schools, City of Flint, C.S. Mott Foundation and United Way of Genesee County. This will result in stronger families, healthier neighborhoods, access to higher performing schools for all students and, ultimately, student academic achievement and success.
With the initiative’s expansion this school year came the creation of the Flint Community School Corps, a team of 34 individuals including a Community School Corps Manager and 33 AmeriCorps Service Members dedicated to assisting in the implementation of the project. Each year, more schools will join the initiative.
“We’re excited to be able to provide programming, activities and resources that help eliminate barriers to success for students and families,” said Lauren Holaly, Vice President/Community Schools Coordinator at the Crim Fitness Foundation. “This isn’t just about before-and after-school programming. It’s about creating a community-wide system of support.”
Contact the Community Education Office at the school of your choice to learn what’s available to you.
I am excited to begin the 2015-16 school year as the new superintendent of Flint Community Schools. As a new arrival to this community, I was immediately struck by the warm welcome Flint has extended to me and, more importantly, by the energy and enthusiasm that everyone has shown as they work together to strengthen and support our Flint Community Schools.
The range and depth of academic and after-school programs at Flint Community Schools is impressive and will better prepare our students to compete on a global scale.
The students we serve are central to everything we do at FCS. Every decision we make will be driven by one simple question: How will it affect student achievement?
As superintendent, I am committed to looking at our choices and making decisions based on whether they help our students succeed in the classroom.
I am also committed to investing in our people, not in things. I believe that investing time, resources and support in our teachers and staff will directly benefit our students.
The long list of high-quality, competitive academic programs Flint Community Schools offers is available for all our students. They are the critical ingredients that can lead to academic success. From incorporating technology into learning to engaging our students in good citizenship, every one of us at Flint Community Schools is ready to put 100 percent into our students and share the tools and resources that can help them thrive.
As your superintendent, I believe that I have a tremendous amount to learn from you, our community. Your feedback and ideas can all contribute to building stronger, better schools led by the right people. That’s why I moved to the heart of this city, so I can learn and grow with our community, our families and our students.
I am eager to listen. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime to share your thoughts.
The word “community” is in the name of our schools as a reminder that we can and must work together for our children’s future.
I invite all of you to join me in this exciting, rewarding adventure.
Bilal K. Tawwab, Superintendent
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