WMBK Breakfast 2018

Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper (WMBK), under the leadership of Dr. Tabitha Bentley, hosted a breakfast this month to create a space for men of color to connect, build relationships, and network. Approximately 25 men attended the debut event. About a third of the group were youth (under 25) and the only planned activity was emphasizing WMBK’s value of “I See You.” The activity required each person to stand, introduce themselves (name, profession, or future career path), and share with the group anything else they wanted them to know. The entire group then responded with the phrase, “We see you.”

Marcus Johnson, the detention supervisor at the Youth Center, joined the breakfast at the Learning Resource Center (located adjacent to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office) with a number of staff and students. The youth enjoyed the welcoming space and networking withmen that they might not have met otherwise. The event will be ongoing andis one of the many efforts WMBK is using to build support and identify resources for young men of color.


Bidding war adds fun to High Point Spaghetti Dinner/Auction
There was speculation as to whether Shira Elyakin or Cherie Vannatter would walk away with the coveted
Michigan Basket after a competitive exchange of bids during the silent auction at the annual High
Point/Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner. Well, Patti McCarty fooled them both by slipping in the final bid and taking
home the basket filled with Maize and Blue mementoes. It was all in good fun as families and staff filled the
gym for the annual PSO fundraiser. The auction alone raised over $2,000. Thanks to everyone who assembled
the baskets and helped to make the event a success!

Student wins writing contest
The Liberty Young Adult Program coordinated the first annual Young Adult Writing Contest and Nathan
Gowen was named the winner of the competition. A 10-point rubric was used by the student judges,
Edan Kutella, Jacob Jones, and David Hart, to determine the winner. Nathan wants to write
blogs, stories, and be involved in writing in the community when he graduates. He plans to enter his
work in a few other contests and continue to write more books. Congratulations Nathan!

Retirees honored at meeting
During the general membership meeting for Local 3760, held on April 19, member retirees
Nancy Keils and Ronnie Conners were honored. All WISD retirees will be recognized at a 3:30
p.m. June 12th reception at the Teaching and Learning Center (please mark your calendars). In
addition to Nancy and Ronnie, other retirees are: Suzette Brodie, Bill Conwell, Karen Domino,
Neal Elyakin, Emma Jackson, Anne Ormandy, and Marla Sebu.

High Point staff would like to give a shout out to Cathy Wesenberg, manager of the High
Point School kitchen. Cathy provides outstanding service to High Point, Honey Creek and
the Young Adult students as well as staff. During the April 25th Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner,
she went above and beyond the call of duty. Due to her management skills, the kitchen ran
without a hitch and she was truly a one woman show from set up to clean up. We appreciate her service and
dedication. (submitted by Nancy Davis).
During United Way of Washtenaw County’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition event on April 19,
Superintendent Scott Menzel was recognized with the Live United Award along with Yodit Mesfin Johnson
(Chief Operating Officer/VP Strategy for NEW) for their work in co-chairing the United Way’s Equity
Committee. United Way hosts the annual event to acknowledge the assistance volunteers provide to support
the most vulnerable members in our community.

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