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Alma Cooper: A Beacon of Inspiration

Alma Cooper, crowned Miss Michigan 2024, is breaking barriers and challenging stereotypes. As an active-duty Army officer, mathematician, and pageant princess, she embodies resilience, determination, and a commitment to service. Let’s delve into her remarkable story.

Legislative Advocacy Days: A Year of Progress and Advocacy

The Latino Legislative Advocacy Day occurred in Lansing on May 9th. This event featured numerous guest speakers, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, as well as several members of the Hispanic Caucus. The day provided a valuable platform for collaboration with organizations from across the state of Michigan.

2024 MIMEP Data Specialist Impact Award Recipient: Anita Robles

This year the Michigan Migrant Education Program awarded one Data Specialist in the state with the Impact award. Van Buren ISD’s Anita Robles was the recipient of this award during our Annual Recruitment and Data Entry training on May 23rd.

Migrant Families in Michigan Gather to Discuss Education and Dreams

Last Thursday, May 16, migrant families from across the state of Michigan came together for a special assembly focused on their children’s education. Approximately ten different sites participated in a Zoom meeting hosted by the state, with the Van Buren Intermediate School District (ISD) serving as one of the key locations. Around 80 children/caregivers attended the event at the Van Buren ISD site.

Daisy Manriquez: Bridging Nutrition Education and Mental Health Support in Schools

Daisy Manriquez, LLMSW, is a Mental Health Clinician at Van Buren Intermediate School District (VBISD), working for Hartford Middle School. Daisy attended Western Michigan University as a first-generation college student, where she later obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work.

Empowering Migrant Families: A Journey Towards Healthier Living

On April 12th, our vibrant community of farm-working families within the VBISD Migrant Consortium gathered at the Conference Center for an enlightening session hosted by Daisy Manriquez and Keren Reyes, esteemed health educators with a rich history of supporting migrant communities. Formerly associated with Project Shine (formerly Project LEAN), their dedication to improving migrant family well-being was evident throughout the engaging presentation.

Empowering Vulnerable Children: The Journey of Keren Reyes, M.Ed.

Keren Reyes, M.Ed., is the Education Coordinator Supervisor at Bethany Christian Services. She is TEFL and TESOL certified (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), a Trauma-Informed Specialist, and a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner. Keren’s primary focus is helping, supporting, and working with children who have experienced trauma…

Meet Alma Cooper - Miss Michigan USA 2024

Alma Cooper’s ascent to Miss Michigan USA 2024 is a narrative of resilience and empowerment. As a daughter of migrant farmworkers, her story is not just about personal achievement; it’s a beacon for those who dare to dream beyond their circumstances.

The coronation took place on a day of heartfelt significance—April 21, the birthday of her late grandmother, whose memory Alma cherishes with a pendant worn close to her heart.

Spotlight on Mr. Victor: Bridging Communities and Cultures

In the heart of our migrant community lies a beacon of support and compassion: Victor. For the past three years, Victor has been an indispensable member of the VBISD Migrant program, tirelessly working to uplift families and ensure their seamless integration into our community.

Spotlight on Sarita Collins: Champion of Equity in Southwest Michigan Education

Southwest Michigan has been graced with educators who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of students, families, and communities. Among these luminaries stands Sarita Collins, whose career spans decades of service and advocacy within the realm of migrant education.

Celebrating Language, Culture, and Family Bonds: A Night of Multilingual Literacy

On February 20th, the Van Buren ISD Conference Center was filled with warmth and laughter as families from diverse backgrounds gathered for a special occasion: the Multilingual Family Literacy Night. Hosted by the VBISD Title 3 Consortium, this event was more than just an evening of reading; it was a celebration of language, culture, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Empowering Educators: Insights from the 2024 MACUL Conference

Greetings, educators and tech enthusiasts! The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) recently concluded its 48th Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here are some key takeaways from one educator who was in attendance.