First, the kids had fun learning new things and demonstrated once again that they can do anything, be anything, and have no limits to what they can learn.

Secondly, our community is incredibly fortunate to have so many passionate and talented heroes who have dedicated their lives to the education and well-being of children and families.

When these things come together, there is always success to be found. We are so grateful to be a part of a community with all the promise that can be imagined, and more.

We would like to thank our planners and wonderful presenters…

Katie Watson, Washtenaw Promise and Beatty Early Learning Center
Amanda James-Bennett, Washtenaw Promise
Althea Wilson, Washtenaw Promise Board member and Head Start coach, WISD

Michael Wilson, veteran K-8 science and technology teacher and Rocketeer
Larry Biederman, veteran science teacher at all levels, and liquid nitrogen expert
Ruth Habrecht, Founder of Hutan and Bob-a-loo
TC Collins, owner, Willow Run Acres and gardening instructor extraordinaire
Scott Heister, Director of MiStem, WISD
Dan Schunck, Ypsilanti Community High School teacher, Grizzly Robotics guru, and his team
Carol and Jim McGrath, owners of Nature Discovery, reptile experts
Elizabeth Simon, PreK STEM program specialist, SAE International
Andrea Reynolds and her team, Hands On Museum
Libby Sheldon, early childhood specialist, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Javon Jason, with Zumbini

…and our incredible community resource partners, contributors and great volunteers:

Mary Garbodin and her team from the Ypsilanti District Library
Kamilla Wilson from the Corner Heath
Charles Wilson, Washtenaw County Health Department
Rachel Carson and team, Ypsilanti Boy Scouts
Sentra Brownlee and Colleen Klaus, Trusted Parent Advisors Program
Amanda Crosby, Child Care Network
Jennifer Amburgey, My Community Dental Centers
Ginelle Skinner, Principal, and Stephanie Wilson, teacher, Beatty Early Learning Center
Rishi Narayan, Underground Printing
Shannon Baer, Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors
Collyer Smith and his team, Family Learning Institute
Damien Guyton, Wolfpack Cruiszers Ypsilanti Bicycle Club
Anthony Harbin, Washtenaw Promise Board Member
Michelle and Ben Mobius, dedicated students of the community
Marcy Schwab, parent, face-painter and partner, and Marly and Shy Anne
Connie Johnson, YCS cook extraordinaire
Nick Watson and the family
The Sheldon family
Nicole James and the kids