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Middle School Students Polish Their Writing Skills

by Gwendolyn B.

Working as a crossing guard, being a wife and mothering 4 school Middle School Students Polish Their Writing Skillsage children, heading a parent group, and running a volunteer study group throughout the school year for the past 2 years has been a challenging yet rewarding experience. Although my own personal struggles may be daunting, I find it necessary and important to support our youth and do all there is to do to help them achieve. It has been my desire to teach low-income struggling students how to be successful in school and life.

In 2005, Education One began “How to Study” tutorials at the Redford Branch Library, Detroit, MI. These sessions run from October through March. They are free to all Detroit and surrounding area students (5th – 10th grade). The 2009-2010 sessions are slated to begin on Thursday, October 8, 2009 to March 15, 2010. The District has recently closed 72 schools in the Detroit area alone. A new school year means fewer teachers, overcrowding, and declining budgets. Our children are in need of programs throughout the year that help them develop learning skills, foster new approaches to learning, and keep our children focused on the learning process. It is the goal of Education One to provide our youth with the educational foundation needed to become successful students.

This summer we were blessed with the support of the Skillman Community Grants Foundation in support of a Young Writer’s Workshop. Classes began on Monday, August 3rd and will conclude on Friday, August 14th at Fayz’s Group (22022 Fenkell) in the Brightmoor Community. The goal of this project is to prepare Middle School student for the upcoming school year by teaching them how to write a five paragraph essay. With the support of local parents, the Young Writers Workshop has been quite successful. Students are intrigued by the challenges, eager to learn, committed to their work, and excited to be a part of an organization that demands and supports educational advancement for young adults. This year, we were able to offer the course to 15 students in the Brightmoor District and we look forward to expanding our program throughout the school year in various areas of the District.

“Do not despise small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” Zechariah 4:10, New Living Translation. For the past 2 years I have supported the How to Study group out of my own pocket and will continue to do so for as long as the Lord keeps me here. To learn more about our project and find out how you can lend your support, visit:

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