Student advocacy center with fundraiser for drive-throughs

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Michigan Student Advocacy Center will be hosting its annual fundraiser in a new format during a drive-in event at the Crossroads Community Baptist Church this year.

The annual Telling Tales Out of School takes place on Friday, May 7th, from 6.45pm to 9.30pm at the church at 2580 Packard Road and offers a live storytelling experience in a safe environment.

The event enables children and adults to share true personal stories about coping with educational problems. There will be an appearance by Detroit-based actor Jonathan Jones, who will tell the story of a former Student Advocacy Center student who says the center saved his life while other storytellers tell stories of challenges they faced in their high School and encountered in their school are elementary school experiences.

“We look forward to establishing a secure connection with our community, especially after this long year of isolation,” said Peri Stone-Palmquist, executive director of the Student Advocacy Center. “Storytelling is such a powerful way to connect anytime, but this year we’re all longing for time together. We hope people will feel safe listening either in their car, right in front of their car, or in the comfort of their own home. “

The event raises donations for the Ypsilanti-based Student Advocacy Center for Michigan, which works with more than 500 high school students and their families across the state to help them stay in school, grow and thrive in individual cases, and advocacy and long-term care to promote .

Domino’s pizza, Zingerman’s baked goods and gourmet popcorn are brought to guests’ cars by the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes Roller Derby League. The event features a special performance by the Fun Girl Dance Company & School.

Tickets are $ 30 with a $ 10 discount for ID students and can be purchased online. Participants aged 12 and over are welcome. All proceeds go to SAC and its work to keep the students in school.

The drive-in event is jointly organized by former SAC mentor and program manager Anell Eccleston and former student director Prestine Spratt. The event is hosted by Eastern Michigan University Drama / Theater and Jessica “Decky” Alexander, Director of Engage @ EMU.

S. Joy Gaines, a first assistant defense attorney at the Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender, and Hannah Huget, a school social worker at Ypsilanti Community Schools, are recognized for their commitment to the youth in our community during the event.

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