by Geoff Larcom, Published December 15, 2009
YPSILANTI —With school budget cuts putting a dent in the classroom experience, Eastern Michigan University is reaching out to help its teaching alumni by offering free classroom supplies and other benefits through a special program this winter.
The “EMU Education First Stimulus” package seeks to give Eastern’s hard-working education alumni help where they need it most – in the classroom. The University sent a letter to its 13,000 education alumni members this month, urging teachers to enter a drawing for a year’s worth of school supplies, or indicate an interest in other available, useful items.
There is no cost to participate. Teachers can simply send an e-mail before Jan. 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate their interest in receiving any or all of the following benefits:
“We appreciate all that our education alumni do to help educate tomorrow’s leaders, and understand the hardships imposed by tightening budgets,” said Ted Coutilish, EMU’s associate vice president for marketing. “We wanted to help, so we created the ‘EMU Education First Stimulus’ package.”
Education alumni were also encouraged to take advantage of practical educational content, tips, pod casts and videos available on two EMU-media partnership programs for teachers, parents and their children. Those are WWJ Radio’s (950 AM) “Education Minute,” at wwj.com/pages/1924535.php and WXYZ TV’s (Channel 7) “Spotlight on Education” at wxyz.com/education.