Partnership with Muskegon Heights Schools and Michigan Dept. of Education
Children deserve to have quality education and learning experiences, it builds a foundation for future successes. CCD works to help mitigate negative effects that underfunding can have on schools. . In 2010, CCD helped re-open and staff the Muskegon Heights school libraries and media centers with retired volunteer teachers and librarians. We provide a one-on-one mentor program for elementary students. CCD also organizes and supports field trips for students to gain exposure to external learning experiences. More info at bottom of page.
Friends of the Muskegon Heights District Library (MADL)
Public libraries are the nation's most democratic institutions. They ensure ALL people have access to information and lifelong learning. CCD supports the local library through the Friends of the Muskegon Heights District Library committee.
Spencer Norman Scholarship
CCD offers a yearly scholarship for Muskegon Heights students attending Muskegon Community College. Link here.
"Who Gets to Tell the Story Matters" - Curriculum centered on Black History and Experience added to K-12 Education and local museum and libraries
This past year, CCD partnered with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) and Muskegon NAACP to increase broad historical inclusion of the Black experience and contributions to Muskegon County in general curriculum across the county. With support from a Community Foundation grant, CCD partnered with the Muskegon NAACP to help produce their centennial video featuring first person stories from residents active in the fight for civil rights from 1940s-70s. This documentary video, along with other materials (Firsts/Notables, general oral histories of everyday residents) will be included in a Learning Kit available at the Lakeshore Museum Center and other museums and libraries, and local teachers will use the material to help create curriculum for MAISD and this will be available to all Muskegon County schools. Creation of the Learning Kit content is researched and coordinated by Muskegon Heights resident and business owner Steven Winston of Culturally Vigilant, with help from a local advisory council. Part of the project also entailed increasing a diverse selection of books at all schools, culturally responsive teaching (CRT) training for faculty, and implementing an action civics program for students called "Project Soapbox."
School Libraries and Media Centers
Students, K-12th, enjoy regular visits to their libraries at Edgewood, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Middle/High School. Volunteers including retired librarians, teachers, and community members, read to the students and assist them with book selection and the circulation process. Students are learning the joys of selecting their own books and the responsibility of borrowing, caring for, and returning books. Each library is different and brought to life by volunteers, exciting books, puppet shows, guest performances, chess and card games!
During the recent school year, a total of 17 mentors volunteered a total of 634 hours with the kindergarteners, first and second graders. Mentors at Edgewood and MLK work one-on-one with their students, building relationships and reinforcing classroom learning.
Field Trips/External Exposure & Experiences
Some of the field trips organized by CCD include visits to the Lakeshore Museum Center, Heritage Museum, Pere Marquette Beach, Behind-the-scenes tour at Meijer, local plays, pumpkin patch & farm tours, and more. Upcoming trips include a boat ride on the Annis Research Vessel and tour of the James Jackson African American History Museum.
Friends of the Muskegon Heights Library
A strong public library is a symbol of a healthy community. The friends of the Muskegon Heights Library work to support the work of the library and enhance the space with programs and community events.