Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bills into law Tuesday evening.
LANSING - Despite the roar of the crowds lining the lawn of the Capitol building and surrounding streets, two pieces of legislation passed by the Senate last week made their way through the state House of Representatives and were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday afternoon. "I have signed these bills into law. ... We are moving forward on the topic of workplace fairness and equality," he said in press conference announcing that he signed the bills Tuesday evening. With the signature, Michigan became the 24th state in the nation to adopt right-to-work provisions that supporters say will give workers choice and make Michigan more attractive to companies looking to investing in the Midwest. But critics said they fear the move …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Utica Community School teachers spend time behind bars for a good cause.
Utica Education Association President Liza Parkinson and Warren Education Association President Jon Fielbrandt were arrested at Abuelo's in Sterling Heights Wednesday. Yes, it’s true. The educators were “locked up,” but for a good cause. Parkinson and Fielbrandt were sprung from jail after the UEA and WEA pitched in $4,100 for their charity of choice, Muscular Dystrophy Association. “UEA members give generously to many good causes, and I’m proud we have been able to raise money in the fight against muscular dystrophy,” said Parkinson. "Getting locked up for a little while has been well worth it to bring attention to this disease and the organization committed to fighting it.” In addition to the funds raised by Parkinson and Fielbrandt, UEA…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Switzer students get a chance to bang out some tension with Drummunity Day.
Switzer Elementary students got their heartbeats racing during the Drum4Health day Thursday. Switzer music teacher Nancy Cannava secured a grant through the Utica Education Staywell foundation to bring in Lori Fithian, founder of Drummunity, for the day. All students got a chance to visit Fithian in the auditrium to learn how to make sweet, collective music. Fithian said the goal of the giant jam session is to teach students about how music can create a community and foster acceptance, while promoting health.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Desire Davila, an American-born long distance running track star stops by Roberts Elementary School to teach students a thing or two about setting big goals and jumping right over them.
Desire Davila gave Roberts Elementary School students an earful Thursday about how to dream big and work hard to acheive what you want. Davila will be representing the USA Women's Marathon Olympic team in London this summer after she earned 2nd at the Olympic Timetrials in Houston. Davila, along with Kevin Hanson of Hanson's Running Shop, answered kids' questions during a Q and A session. Davila also took time after the presentation to visit Roberts' Life Skills class and insire children to participate in the Special Olympics.