by Geoff Larcom, Published February 12, 2010
YPSILANTI —A second-grade teacher from Taylor has won a year’s worth of school supplies through a special program conducted by Eastern Michigan University.
Rhonda Danaj, who teaches at Holland Elementary in Taylor, was chosen in a random drawing from more than 250 responses to the “EMU Education First Stimulus” program. Danaj received $1,000 of school supplies, such as pencils, paper and the like. The supplies will be delivered directly to her classroom.
Danaj was honored recently at the Learning Gizmos store on Van Dyke Road in Warren.
“Thank you for putting Education First and making a difference in the lives of many,” said Danaj, an EMU alumnus. She purchased the supplies at the Learning Gizmos store.
The “EMU Education First Stimulus” package sought to give Eastern’s hard-working education alumni help where they need it most – in the classroom. The University sent a letter to 13,000 area education alumni last fall, urging teachers to enter the drawing or indicate an interest in other available, useful items.
There was no cost to participate. In addition to entering the drawing, teachers could receive items such as EMU- branded, pencils, pennants and hand sanitizers. Entrants could also receive 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.