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Community-wide Effort to Close Achievement Gap Subject of Public Meeting Saturday

A Community-wide effort is underway to close the achievement gap that exists in many area schools.  Ann Arbor’s chapter of the Link will host a public meeting Saturday at Washtenaw Community College to discuss what they already have in place.  

Joyce Hunter is with the organization of professional African-American women.  Hunter says they plan on tweaking a summer reading program that’s a partnership between the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti libraries and four community centers.

The summer reading program takes place at Peace Neighborhood, Bryant, Park Ridge, and Hikone.

Another partnership in place with Princeton Review allows high school students to take practice A-C-Ts and then return to get results and strategize how to do better.

Hunter says they also are developing a mentoring program to help African-American boys.  The program will have high school students mentor middle school students.

Hunter believes it’s important to have community and parent based programs to battle the achievement gap in addition to programs in place at school districts.

The public meeting starts at 9 A-M at W-C-C’s Great Lakes Building.

Click here to find out more about Ann Arbor’s chapter of the Links.

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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