Wood Creek Black History Month project receives grant award

Wood Creek Elementary School in Farmington Hills has received an Arts and Humanities Touring Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council for its “Celebrating Black History Month” project.

Teacher Melissa Wiercinski wrote the grant. Due to budget cuts, Wood Creek has not had an author, performance, and/or storyteller in the building for the last five years.

The $240 grant will fund an interactive presentation by retired educator Gwendolyn Lewis, who will share African American tales including Kindness with kindergarten through second grade students and teachings about Maya Angelo to 3rd-5th grade students.

Wood Creek’s Parent Teacher Association will cover the balance of the program cost, which is $600.

Each year, the Touring Program awards hundreds of grants to schools and community organizations throughout Michigan to help underwrite the cost of bringing live performances/presenters and exhibits to classrooms, libraries, and cultural events. Grantees select from a juried, online directory representing some of the state’s most talented performing and visual artists, authors, and historians.

Learn more at michiganhumanities.org.

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