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Ypsilanti Schools accept transportation consolidation
By Adrienne Ziegler
Jun. 8, 2010   ·   3:07 p.m.

Connie Shelton, an East Middle School Teacher, speaks against the WISD transportation consolidation plan at Monday's special meeting of the Ypsilanti Board of Education. The board approved the motion to join the consolidation by a vote of 5 to 2.

"Shame on you" echoed through the audience Monday night after the Ypsilanti Public Schools Board of Education approved a plan to join a countywide consolidated...read more

Willow Run appoints new board member
By Adrienne Ziegler
Jun. 5, 2010   ·   8:16 a.m.

The Willow Run School Board looks on as Kristine Thomas, a district parent and previous board member, is sworn in as trustee on Thursday night. Thomas will take the position of Joi Jenson who resigned in early May.

The Willow Run School Board appointed a new, yet familiar trustee to the board of education during their regular meeting Thursday night.

Kristine Thomas, a Willow...read more

Willow Run approves county-wide transportation plan
By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 27, 2010   ·   2:09 p.m.

The Willow Run School District signed on to a countywide consolidated transportation plan at their regular board meeting last week.

The plan aims to save transportation...read more

Lincoln offers summer courses to area high-schoolers
By Mark Tower
May. 26, 2010   ·   7:49 p.m.

Students from Lincoln and other nearby districts are being invited to participate in Lincoln High School's Summer Academy this year, registration for which opened...read more

Willow Run terminates student services administrator
By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 26, 2010   ·   12:26 a.m.

Willow Run School Board President Sheri Washington said she didn't know if the district was going to press charges against former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks after the board fired Hicks during a special meeting Tuesday night.

The Willow Run Board of Education unanimously voted to terminate its contract with former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks Tuesday night during a special...read more

Ypsilanti student writes on King, wins contest

Caleb Roberts, 11, was the grand prize winner in an essay contest to honor Martin Luther King day next month. He will join EMU President Susan Martin and other guests for lunch on the holiday as the winner. Photo by Ypsilanti Public Schools

Caleb Roberts, 11, was the grand prize winner in an essay contest to honor Martin Luther King day next month. He will join EMU President Susan Martin and other guests for lunch on the holiday as the winner.
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Fifth grader to sit with EMU President at MLK Day lunch

By Dan DuChene
Dec. 18, 2008    ·    2:50 p.m.


Caleb Roberts, a fifth grade student at Erickson Elementary School, looks to the election of the first African American president as progress toward equal rights.

“People voted for him not because of his color but because of change,” Roberts wrote in an essay looking forward to Martin Luther King Jr. Day next month.

“We can change the world,” he said. “We can make the world a better place.”

Roberts’ essay won him a seat at Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin’s luncheon, part of the events happening for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at EMU. The luncheon follows a keynote address from Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ed Gordon.

Essays were entered from all over Ypsilanti Public Schools. Roberts, 11, was one of more than 70 other submissions in the district. The theme for the essay contest was The "Struggle for Equality."

Though Roberts’ was the only grand-prize winning essay, a first-place essay was selected for each grade. Marcie Angeli, first grade; Illana Hall-Vit, second grade; Trinity Kelso, third grade and Chevaun Johnson, fourth grade were the district’s elementary school winners.

Daniel Blakely, a seventh grade student from East Middle School, and Stephanie Sweeney, an Ypsilanti High School junior were also first place winners in their grades.

Roberts’ 300-word essay is titled, “Making the world a better place by making a difference.” It speaks of King’s message, his non-violent resistant tactics from the civil rights movement and his relevance to today.

“Let us continue to make love work!” Roberts said in his essay.

“We can make love work at Erickson Elementary School,” he said. “We can make love work in our own communities.”



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