Who’s Paying for School Supplies?

school-suppliesOn our August Show, (across the state on August 15) we’re going to back to basics – classroom basics as we near the beginning –  believe it or not – of the 2009-2010 school year. Basics that many people take for granted. We’re talking about simple classroom supplies like, markers, pencils, notebooks, folders, and even coats – that many children and their parents cannot afford. And in these tough economic times, supplies that the schools themselves can no longer afford. So who’s filling the gap? In many cases, it’s the teachers. On average – chipping in $500 each out of their own pocket and for many, much more than that.

We’ll talk with teachers who have been giving more and more of their own resources to help out children (and school systems) who cannot afford these supplies and what needs to be done to rescue teachers already strapped financially themselves. We’ll also hear from a number of parent led and social service agencies which are raising money in the community and online.  All that on the latest edition of the Voices of Michigan Education. We hope you join us.

Some helpful links

The following organizations profiled on the Voices of Michigan Education are working to make a difference in collecting schools supplies for the upcoming school year. You can help by participating by clicking on the links or participating at the stores below.

Operation Kid Equip

Salvation Army of Washtenaw County

School Supply Drop Off Locations

Ann Arbor:

  • Batteries Plus, 3120 Packard
  • Benz Insurance, 3101 E. Eisenhower Parkway
  • Cartridge World, 893 W, Eisenhower
  • Community Auto Wash, 1910 S. Industrial Highway
  • KMart, 215 N. Maple Road
  • Suburban Chevrolet Cadillac of Ann Arbor, 3515 Jackson Road
  • Varsity Ford, Jackson Road


  • KMart, 3100 Washtenaw Ave

National Web Sites Raising School Supply Donations




July Voices of Michigan Education – “My Kids had Fun this Summer and it was Educational Too!”

LOC air zoo.jpgJoin us for the July edition of the Voices of Michigan Education (Tuesday, July 14  at 7 p.m. on Newstalk 760 WJR in Detroit and across the state on Saturday, July 18 – see listing of stations on right) for another thought provoking discussion of the future of our state’s education system. On our latest program, a summer twist to our normal subject matter as we dive into July with some great ideas for parents who are attempting to keep their children engaged in educational, but fun activities available throughout the state – in a program we’re entitling – “My Kids had Fun this Summer and it was Educational Too!”

We’ll travel across the state from St. Joe’s to Alpena, Flint and Kalamazoo learning about some of Michigan’s great resources for fun learning experiences. We’ll talk about how you can explore Railroads and Flight Simulators and engage in Canoe trips and explore ship wrecks among other opportunities. If you’ve been searching for  new ways to entertain your kids this summer and help them learn along the way – we’ve got some great ideas for you on the July edition of the Voices of Michigan Education.

May Show Gives Parents the Tools to Inspire Summer Reading


On the May edition of the Voices of Michigan Education, we’ll talk about how to get your kids to read again, especially this summer. Has reading become a lost part of childhood? Has technology taken over a child’s willingness to read a book?

The latest MEAP tests show that math scores are up, but reading scores are not improving at the level the state needs to make our graduates competitive members of the work force. This summer is a good time to start instilling the “need to read” in our children.  

On this month’s show we’ll hear from those leading reading programs across the state and the country that are really working – from Washington, D.C. with Anita Marino who will discuss the NEA’s Read Across America program to Farmington where teacher Josh Wells inspired his middle school to read 10,000 books in one year to Grand Rapids and Judy Johnson who’ll share information on the phenomenally successful GRASP correspondence program. You’ll also hear about a unique Grosse Pointe schools reading initiative where teachers are helping their students fall in love with reading all over again.

We’ll share some great ideas for parents too, who are looking for new ways to get their children to read all summer long. That’s the Voices of Michigan Education, a show this month that ‘reads like a book,’  at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 on Newstalk 760, WJR in Detroit and on Saturday May 16 across the state (see affiliate list on the right).