Engaged Families and Communities

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel (middle) greets students at Romulus Middle School with REA President Gary Banas (left) and RMS Principal Jason Salhaney (right). Photo: Kevin Lock

Parent and Community Outreach in the Spotlight

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook joined forces to bring the National Education Association’s Standing Strong for Students Back-to-School Tour to the Detroit area on Tuesday. The day began with local radio interviews, outreach to education bloggers, and breakfast with some two-dozen local Association presidents from the metro-Detroit area.

The pair also teamed up to learn more about Romulus Middle School, a participant in NEA’s national Priority Schools Campaign. Romulus Middle School is a recipient of a School Improvement Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Grant monies have allowed the school to improve its technology footprint and revamp its curriculum.

On Tuesday, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel met with the editorial boards of both the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News.

What NEA is providing, and what the grant doesn’t, is training and support for a series of parent and community outreach initiatives. Those efforts are especially important considering the financial and political dynamics of the community.

Romulus is a middle-class, working class community hit especially hard by the long fight to stabilize the U.S. auto industry coupled with major job losses due to the faltering economy.

Read the full story on neatoday.org.

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