Local Education Organizations

Compiled for November 19, 2014 AAOCC Meeting

826MICHIGAN

Frances Martin, Program Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

115 E Liberty St

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(734) 761-3463

frances@826michigan.org

www.826michigan.org

826michigan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students aged 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. We provide homework help during drop-in tutoring, writing-based field trips, creative writing workshops, in-school support for students and teachers, and publication opportunities for our students. All of our programs are offered completely free of charge.

ANN ARBOR DISTRICT LIBRARY

Ira Lax, Outreach & Neighborhood Services

343 S. Fifth Ave.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(734) 327-4200

laxi@aadl.org

www.aadl.org

The Ann Arbor District Library supports education through its longstanding partnership with AAPS and other schools and our professional staff. Among the services we offer to families are: Summer Reading Game with preview visits to schools in spring, Jump.aadl.org, Homework Help databases and Brainfuse, no-fee K-12 tutoring at the Downtown Library, great collections, including Unusual Stuff to Borrow, public lists, AAPS Reading Levels, Lexile Reading Levels, HiLo books, and the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled.

ANN ARBOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Annette Ferguson, Business Partnerships Coordinator

2555 South State Street

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

(734) 994-2200

ferguson@aaps.k12.mi.us

http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home

The mission of the Partners for Excellence Program is to enhance student achievement and augment

classroom learning with the assistance of community partners/supporters. The Partners for Excellence

Program works with individuals, local businesses, organizations, and academic institutions to bring the

human resources and knowledge base available in our community into the school and classroom.

ANN ARBOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Linh Song, Executive Director

2370 E. Stadium

P.O. Box 120

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-794-3070

song@aapsef.org

http://aapsef.org/

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation provides funding to the Ann Arbor Public

Schools to inspire and support the growth of students and teachers. We accomplish this through raising

private funds from individuals and businesses in the community who have a vested interest in the success

of all schools in the district. We are guided by the following principles in every aspect of our daily work:

Educational Excellence, Innovation, Inclusion, Trust, Integrity, and Community.

MICHIGAN PARENTS FOR SCHOOLS

Steve Norton

sjnorton@mipfs.org

http://www.mipfs.org/

Michigan Parents for Schools is a non-profit public interest advocacy group that has been working for

excellent community-governed public education in Michigan since 2007. MIPFS organizes grassroots

lobbying efforts and direct lobbying of state policymakers on education issues; it also works to help

parents form local organizations to support their schools and to change the current public discourse about

public schools through education efforts.

NEUTRAL ZONE

Mary Moffett, Community Relations Director

310 E. Washington

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-214-9995

info@neutral-zone.org

http://neutral-zone.org

The Neutral Zone is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through

artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas. We serve high school-aged youth

and offer more than twenty programs in the areas of music, visual arts, education, community leadership and

literary arts. In addition, Neutral Zone offers after school drop-in and a free tutoring program, providing a

safe and welcoming space for teenagers to call their own during high-risk, after school hours. Concerts

and special events such as dance parties and poetry slams provide entertainment opportunities for teens on

the weekends.

PTO COUNCIL

Sasha Womble, Open PTOC Representative

P.O. Box 727

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/ptoc.home/pto_council_home

The PTO Council is the umbrella organization supporting PTOs throughout Ann Arbor Public Schools

and includes representatives from each PTO and PTSO in the district. The PTOC mission is to promote

excellence in our schools through communication and advocacy by providing a forum for communication

and cooperation and by acting as an advocate for member PTOs with district administration and with the

Board of Education, and beyond. The PTO Council facilitates parent involvement, shares ideas and

innovations, and works to advance the quality of our schools.

PTO THRIFT SHOP

Angie Smith and Julie Roth, Open PTO Thrift Shop Representatives

2280 S Industrial Hwy.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-996-9155

a2ptothrift@gmail.com

http://a2ptothriftshop.org/

The PTO Thrift Shop uses the proceeds from the repair, sales or disposal of new and used articles of

personal property, materials and goods of all kinds and descriptions to support the Ann Arbor Public

Schools, Parent Teacher Organizations of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and other 501c3 organizations

exclusively benefitting the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The more school PTOs and their communities

participate with us, the more they earn. Fundraising proceeds based on events, sponsorships and

promotions in support of the PTO Thrift Shop are distributed to member PTOs throughout the school

year, beginning in September and continuing until June.

WASHTENAW SUCCESS BY SIX GREAT START COALITION

Margy Long

1819 S. Wagner Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

734-994-8100 ext 2177

mlong@wash.k12.mi.us

http://www.washtenawsuccessby6.org/

By bringing organizations, businesses, government officials and many individuals together, the Great

Start Coalition seeks to enhance the quality of life for young children in Washtenaw County. We produce

a yearly report outlining the Status of Young Children in Washtenaw County and advocate for the needs

of young children with elected officials.