34505 Hunter Ave Westland, MI 48185
Melissa has been working with EMU Bright Futures in some capacity since 2012. Starting as a volunteer while taking college courses, Melissa has worked continuously to grow as an educator and to bring quality after school programming to her students. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2014, Melissa continued working with EMUBF, and eventually found her home at Edison Elementary School in Westland.
EMU Bright Futures at Edison serves students in grades two through five. Students who attend EMU Bright Futures after school look forward to their “Snackin’ & Relaxin'” time right at the end of the school day. They also enjoy enrichment clubs for an hour each day. Examples of enrichment clubs include, but are not limited to: science experiments, various forms of arts and crafts, nutrition, karate, self love club, journaling, gym games, team challenges, and many more. All of our club options are rooted in student suggestions. We practice daily reflection, and also spend a chunk of time on academics daily (Math Monday, Reading Tuesday, Writing Wednesday, Thinker Thursday). All of our activities are designed to support students’ social-emotional learning, including developing empathy and teamwork skills that help students build strong interpersonal relationships. Our goal is to provide a safe place where students and families feel like they belong to a loving and caring community.