In public schools across Michigan, amazing things are happening.

DISCOVERING THE ARTS: Avondale Community Schools – [“It’s About Kids!”]

At Avondale School District, a community rallies to preserve a visual and performing arts program. The program wins an award and students discover creative self-expression that translates to critical skills and professional development. This is Avondale’s story.


THE BAND MARCHES ON: New Haven Community Schools – [“It’s About Kids!”]

Due to budgetary constraints, New Haven Community Schools made the difficult decision to cut funding for its band program. In 2011, the administration decided to bring the music program back and with generous support from their local community built an award winning program. A few short years later, New Haven’s band program received national recognition from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) for being selected as one of The Best Communities for Music Education in 2014. This is New Haven’s story.


TOMORROW’S LEADERS: Longacre Elementary – [“It’s About Kids!]



Longacre Elementary School is preparing its students for a 21st century economy. Elementary students are learning problem solving, cooperation and civic mindedness – lessons that can make them better citizens, confident leaders and employers and entrepreneurs of the future. This is the story of Longacre Elementary School.


Fraser community, schools give kids a lift with cutting-edge tech curriculum

At the height of the Great Recession, the working-class community of Fraser passed a bond proposal that put new technology into its public schools. Today, thanks to a powerful spirit of collaboration and innovation, Fraser kids are learning in amazing new ways. This is their story. #itsaboutkidsMI


Downriver High School basketball program lifts students above challenges

In a small community in western Wayne County, a basketball program is turning around young lives. This is their story.

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Watch these stories of inspiration and overcoming adversity. See how public schools across Michigan are innovating and building partnerships throughout their communities to help kids learn and grow.

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