Eastern Michigan University reaches out to help its alumni teachers and their students with "EMU Education First Stimulus" package

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 education.stimulus@emich.edu and indicate their interest in receiving any or all of the following benefits:

  • Entry into a random drawing for one year’s worth of school supplies, such as paper, pencils and the like (a $1,000 value) delivered directly to you in your classroom.
  • EMU-branded pencils, pennants and/or posters.
  • EMU-branded hand sanitizers, at one per request for the first 1,000 who respond.
  • An EMU Eagle Discount Program alumni card to receive discounts at more than 125 Ypsilanti-area businesses. Visit emich.edu/eaglediscount.

“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.

Geoff Larcom



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