Some SE Michigan schools temporarily close following Oxford High School shooting
Following the devastating Oxford High School shooting earlier this week, several schools across Southeast Michigan are increasing police presence or temporarily closing their buildings as they deal with their own threats.
Toyota invests $140K in Food Gatherers Summer Food Service Program
ANN ARBOR As local families mark the last day of school Friday, Food Gatherers has announced it is once again partnering with Toyota to support its Summer Food Service Program. Throughout the school year, these local children rely on free or subsidized breakfast and/or lunch, and Food Gatherers annual summer food program aims to fill those gaps. Food Gatherers is grateful for Toyotas investment in the summer food program, Helen Starman, Food Gatherers Chief Development Officer said in a statement. In addition to summer food, they have also supported critical food distribution during the pandemic. Like what youre reading? With the summer food program, Food Gatherers has really had to think about how to serve an even greater need, especially since the schools are closing.
Ann Arbor childrens theater launches virtual family-friendly programming
ANN ARBOR Wild Swan Theater has announced a new initiative titled Wild Swan in the Wings to help families with children bring fun, creative activities to their homes while schools are closed. The activities are designed for independent play or for children and adults to engage together at home, with the help of an occasional prop of common household objects. Throughout its 40-year history, Wild Swan offers lively, participatory theater workshops that provide fun ways for participants to develop imagination and creativity in a group setting. Most activities are designed to be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors -- away from screens. Every few weeks, Wild Swan will be releasing new theater games, video clips of past productions, playwriting activities and activities for kids with special needs.
Ann Arbor Pioneer students record song from canceled spring production remotely
ANN ARBOR A recent video posted by Ann Arbor Pioneers Theatre Guild gives meaning to the phrase the show must go on.When senior Dana Steiner learned that the groups spring production of Les Miserables was canceled, she pitched the performing-in-place idea. I am a senior at Pioneer and this would have been my last musical with my younger brother and my PTG family. To help everyone record their parts, I sent out an instruction video and sample recordings of every ensemble vocal track, Steiner said in a statement. Every cast member who wanted to participate recorded themselves singing their part a cappella while listening to the accompaniment in headphones. I got sent each video individually -- 35 total -- at the beginning of May and spent weeks editing them all together.Wed say it was a big success.