Ypsilanti Citizen Community Sidetrack

Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Ypsilanti High School students score free books

Carneysha McGee, left, and Cassandra Gibson, both Ypsilanti High School sophomores, select a few books during the Dec. 10 Book giveaway at Ypsilanti High School sponsored by the Michigan Education Association and the National Football League. Photo by Ypsilanti Public Schools

Carneysha McGee, left, and Cassandra Gibson, both Ypsilanti High School sophomores, select a few books during the Dec. 10 Book giveaway at Ypsilanti High School sponsored by the Michigan Education Association and the National Football League.
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National Football League donates to Washtenaw County schools

By David Gomez
Dec. 11, 2009    ·    2:53 p.m.


Ypsilanti High School students were the recipients of free books Thursday thanks to the Ypsilanti Education Association and the National Football League.

The NFL originally wanted to donate the books to schools in Hawaii. When it was determined it would cost too much money to ship the books to Hawaii, the Michigan Education Association contacted the NFL and jumped at the chance to give the books to high school students in Washtenaw County.

More than 20,000 books were split between the east and west sides of the Washtenaw County Education Association. Books were dropped off in Ypsilanti High School’s gymnasium Thursday afternoon where photos were taken with students and former Detroit Lion Barry Stokes, Ypsilanti Public Schools Superintendent Dedrick Martin, and Vice President of the MEA Steve Cook.

Kelly Powers the President of the Ypsilanti Education Association was also on hand to see students dig through the many boxes of free books.

“We love it when we can do things for students” Powers said. “You see students leaving with stacks of books in their arms.

“Even if they don’t read them, if they give them to a friend that’s good too,” she said.

Powers who is also an elementary school teacher noticed former students picking up books at the high school.

“I’ve seen some kids that I had as students picking up books,” she said. “It’s good to see them at the high school still interested in reading.”

It gets even better for Ypsilanti students thanks to Michigan Reads, a joint venture between the MEA and the Detroit Pistons. Students have even more incentive to develop good reading habits as the MEA and the Pistons are rewarding students with free basketball tickets.

Students can read as few as five books and get free tickets to a game. For every five books a child or student reads they or a parent can register the books at Michiganreads.com. Users will be sent an e-mail with instructions on how to claim free tickets.

According to the Michigan Reads Web site participants receive a free $40 Detroit Pistons ticket when at least one of the same value is purchased for $20. Participants are also able to purchase additional discounted $20 tickets.

Teachers at the high school were also able to take books back to their classrooms for their students to read. Any books that are left over from the students are likely to be put in a class room where a reading room would be set up for the students.



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