MEC September Newsletter

Michigan Education Corps Newsletter 
September 2019
First month in service
After this week, most of you will have completed your first month of your service term! While getting started at your service site can be overwhelming and challenging we hope that you have had the opportunity to find growth and support like Terri Sawaski, K-3 Reading Corps Interventionist serving in Alpena. 

My first week at Sanborn Elementary has been AMAZING! Not only because of the wonderful students that I am working with, but
because of my tutor-partner, Julie Scott, and my wonderful coach, Amy Blumenthal. This entire application and training process has been so overwhelming, but the support and encouragement from all of the AmeriCorps members has been amazing! I am learning more about myself – that I can conquer ANYTHING – and I guess that reward, in itself, has been the most satisfying at this point! As I have said many times, this is an amazing opportunity for me and I am so grateful, not only for the personal growth I am experiencing, but to watch the students grow with me!” – Terri Sawaski
Thanks, Terri, Julie and Amy for supporting each other through this first month of school and service! 
Governor Service Awards

It was an incredible honor accepting an award from Governor Gretchen Whitmer at the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, hosted at the Detroit Opera House. Michigan Education Corps joined 42 other organizations being recognized for doing amazing work across the state! As much as this award means, the biggest honor is knowing Michigan Education Corps has served over 11,000 students since 2012, and helped them become proficient in reading or math. Your service is for them and for their futures—then, now, and going forward. We are so grateful for each of you who are serving Michigan students every day. We couldn’t do it without you!

Census Activities: A Note from the Corporation of National and Community Service
As it did in 2010, CNCS has determined as a matter of policy not to allow members and volunteers to engage in census activities during service hours. Being a census taker during service hours is categorically prohibited. Census-related activities (e.g., promotion of the Census, education about the importance of the Census) do not align with NCCC, ASN, VISTA and Senior Corps objectives. What members and volunteers do on their own time is up to them, consistent with program policies about outside employment and activities.
Have questions about this or other prohibited activities? Contact Tom, Grace or Kaye.
Upcoming Training Dates
K-3 Reading Corps
10/17/2019 – RCDMS training (regionally based)
10/24/2019 – Great Leaps Training (regionally based)
PreK Reading Corps
10/11/2019 – PreK Fundamental #2
MEC Math Corps
9/30/2019 – Math Corps Fundamental #1
10/16/2019 – Math Corps Fundamental #2
Stay tuned for more details on training and registrations!