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TV Donation to S.A.Y. Play Center Spearheaded by Michigan Masons

TV Donation to S.A.Y. Play Center Spearheaded by Michigan Masons

S.A.Y. Detroit is proud of its partnership with the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation. That’s why a friend of the Michigan Masons is a friend of S.A.Y. Detroit!The staff and students at the S.A.Y. Play Center at Lipke Park this week were thrilled to receive a flat screen television and sound system that was donated by retired U.S. Navy Capt. Doug McDonald and his wife Kathy. McDonald is president of the Motor City Veteran’s Village. Check out the full story at sayplay.org » 

Backyard Fun at Angels’ Place

Backyard Fun at Angels’ Place

Southfield — The project was special from the start.

More than a half-dozen residents from Angels’ Place — the nonprofit that A Time to Help supported Saturday in Southfield — welcomed the volunteers and stayed until the end, working alongside the group constructing games and painting banners.

For 25 years, Angels’ Place has provided residential homes, community living, support and day programs for persons with developmental disabilities. The nonprofit was founded by five mothers concerned about the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and the needs of their families.

It was ATTH’s first project at Angels’ Place in two years.

“This is one of the most important projects I’ve done this year,” said longtime ATTH volunteer John Boyda. “We have the charity we’re working for, working with us.”

Led by S.A.Y. Detroit and ATTH founder Mitch Albom, and Albom’s radio show co-host Ken Brown, the group worked in the backyard of one of Angels’ Place’s residential homes. It was ATTH’s last project of the summer before resuming in September. The date and location of the next project will be announced in mid-August.

“I really admire the way that he uses his voice to find the people to go to where the most help is needed,” Angels’ Place volunteer coordinator Dawn Bradley said of Albom. “Seeking out need is really what he does, and figuring out how to get it done. We appreciate all the you did for us today.”

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Another End to the School Year, Another Graduation

Another End to the School Year, Another Graduation

The Have Faith Haiti school has two treasured traditions to welcome, and wave goodbye, to each school year. An ice cream filled dance party takes place each September before the first day of school, during which students get to select their backpacks, and fill their pencil cases with necessary school basics like pencils, highlighters, and a sharpener.

At the end of the year, the last day of school is also a party. We call it a graduation, but it’s really a celebration of the academic excellence achieved through the year. Students receive certificates and honors and perform skits in French. This academic year, we added an English oral presentation class to the schedule, so the older children also has a chance to display their new skills with oral presentations in English. The assigned topic? Their teachers!  They spoke eloquently and very appreciatively about their teachers and how fortunate they are to be getting a high-quality education.

The supplies and backpacks from the beginning of the year are donated annually through the back-to-school wish list from generous sponsors and supporters. We’ll be posting information about the wish list for the 2017-2018 academic year soon.

Concours d’orthographe at Have Faith Haiti

Concours d’orthographe at Have Faith Haiti

Our French Spelling Bee, the sister to our English bee held at the end of June, was held on July 5th. We discovered that many of our brilliant English spellers are also very accomplished French spellers!

Chivensky once again took first place for the middle school! Our runner up was Esterline. Congratulations!

Widley once again took first place for French level 5. And Djouna once again was the runner up!

In French level 4, Enolyka and Louvenson battled it out, and it ended in a tie. Enolyka was one of our winners in English and Louvenson was the runner up in that one, but tied for first place in French. Our runner up in French was Cinlove!

Congratulations to all!

Muscle Crew Spruces Up S.A.Y. Play Grounds

Muscle Crew Spruces Up S.A.Y. Play Grounds

A big S.A.Y. Detroit shout-out to Matt Mosher, one of our original Detroit Muscle Crew (Haiti) members, who sent out his team from Mosher & Associates Landscape Services to do some much-needed landscaping work at our S.A.Y. Play Center at Lipke Park today. Thank you, Matt, for donating your company’s time and services to help our non-profit center before summer session begins for the kids on July 10.

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