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Mon, October 30 2017 06:05 am

Greetings EQUITY Education Family!

My name is Alexis Davis and I have the pleasure of serving as the Community Engagement Coordinator! In this position, I will be facilitating field experiences, engaging community stake holders, and running the site blog. In addition to community engagement, I will represent Equity Education as a Challenge Detroit Fellow! Challenge Detroit is a leadership and professional development program that invites approximately 30 fellows to immerse themselves in the city of Detroit for one year. Fellows collaborate with different organizations around the city to provide solutions to community needs. I am so excited to participate in this program! I am extremely passionate about youth and community. I attended North Carolina A&T State University, where service was deeply enrooted in our curriculum. My professors taught me to take pride in your community and above all, be a servant to those in need. While I enjoyed the South, I knew I would eventually venture back to the Midwest. As a Cincinnati native, Michigan was not regarded favorably. However, as a lover of history, I have always admired the Motor City. It is the birthplace of Motown and model of architecture. It is a place of resiliency but also opportunity. I am grateful to be here. As Detroit undergoes a new revival, it is an exciting time for all. Education is undoubtedly the most important issue facing city residents. All children deserve a quality education, affirming educators, and a safe space to make mistakes. I am eager to start this journey with Equity and continue delivering excellence to our students.

See you in the classroom!
Alexis 

DLA Virgil Garden Harvest

Thu, October 05 2017 08:00 am

On October 5th, 2017, students and staff participated in the First Annual Student Harvest at the DLA Elementary Gardens. 

In June, EQ staff planted a variety of starter plants, including roma and better boy tomatoes, basil, oregano, and jalapeno, serrano, tabasco, and ghost peppers.  The planting would expand over the summer to include American and Japanese eggplant and a pumpkin plant that has more than overgrown her small flower pot. 

Students who ranked highest on Classroom Dojo points were selected to participate in the harvest.  Approximately 30 lbs. of produce were picked, and students were allowed to select items to bring home. 

The gardens should be ready for another harvest in late fall, so students will once again get an opportunity to pick veggies and learn more about the gardening process.  Pumpkins will be ready to go in another week or so and will be awarded through a raffle, with students receiving raffle tickets based on scholarly behavior in school.

Our schools are abuzz during the summer with summer school, school-site improvements and special events such as Delta Preparatory's 1st ever "G" week. During the week of July 18th-21st, Delta Prep student athletes had the opportunity to take part in different modules where they learned what the body requires to perform at peak athletic levels during training, practice and competition. Student athletes were educated on how to stay hydrated and maintain proper nutrition prior to, during, and following competition. All athletic programs at Delta were represented (cross country, volleyball, football, boys basketball, girls basketball, cheerleading, track, baseball, and softball) and worked in groups on team building skills. Approximately 50 students participated throughout the week and students athletes were provided Gatorade products during the week and to take home.  Gatorade products will be used throughout the 2016-2017 school year. Congrats Delta Prep on a successful week and the start of a new Delta tradition!