April 2020 - Ann Arbor Family

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To all loyal Ann Arbor Family fans, We are all painfully aware of the dilemma across our country and our planet. The uncertainty of the situation, regarding both the effects on all of us and the duration, is stressful. At the same time, this downtime provides an opportunity to self-reflect and assess where we are in our lives and our relationships. We are poised to run a marathon, but we don't know what the topography of the racecourse will be AND we also don't know the distance of the race. Despite these challenges, we are confident that we will persevere. We have faced threats and financial crises before, and we’ve always managed to thrive and survive. Adaptation is in our blood, and Annn Arbor Family is working through this situation with optimism for the future. We’re betting our future on you, our loyal readers, and we remain upbeat. Content delivery Ann Arbor Family staffers have been continuously uploading content on our website and social media platforms, reaching a great number of visitors with really unbelievable increases in first-time visitors (almost 10,000 NEW visitors in the last weeks). Our staff has embraced the opportunity to remain helpful, informative and relevant. We have reached out to restaurants and parks and others to update our fans on what is going on in those areas and we have had tremendous feedback from those entities about how we are connecting our community, a demonstration that our mission is working, DESPITE THE VIRUS. Distribution For obvious reasons, we are unable to deliver printed copies of our papers at many locations. We are still dropping printed copies at a limited number of locations and we are receiving assistance from restaurant pickup locations and delivery services to carry more printed copies to you as well. We are delivering our digital edition to our email subscriber list of almost 10,000 addresses along with an additional 10,000 targeted email addresses, the online edition can be accessed anytime at annarborfamily.com. We are recording podcasts with Washtenaw County community members/leaders (including elected officials, restaurateurs, clergy and business owners) soliciting their advice, concerns, lessons learned and ideas on how to move through this. The podcasts are a new online feature, with a good response both from listeners and from interviewees, thankful for the chance to share their thoughts. Reaching Out We will get through this and in the recovery after this unprecedented situation is over, we will be stronger, continuing to work toward enhanced recognition and respect in our communities. We have heard from many readers and advertisers with information and updates about ongoing services. Kudos to everyone for digging in and continuing to stay positive and upbeat. Together we will get through this. Despite being ordered to remain apart, we are all experiencing stories of increased empathy and compassion for others, which, ironically, will actually bring us all closer together. Stay safe and let us hear from you. Keep reading! Collette and Mark Jacobs, Publishers


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Ann Arbor area cuties participate in the

Ann Arbor Family April Cover Contest!

4th place - Teddy, 5, Saline

2nd place - Malcolm, 3, Ann Arbor

3rd place - Katerina Wilson, 19 mos, Ann Arbor

7th place - Marshall Rickli, 4, Chelsea

5th place - Maddie, 3, Saline

6th place - Elio, 16 mos, Ann Arbor

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Y-Fi students launch their first micro museum

Willow Run High School closed in 2013, but now its administrative wing will reopen this summer, temporarily, as the ADMIN Micro Museum, a multisensory art space. Powered by Y-Fi, the Ypsilanti student art movement, with the guidance of museum professionals, the space will convert former classrooms into experiential galleries. The free museum will be a learning space for Y-Fi students, empowering them to lead and teach others about museum culture and practices. Visitors may take an audio tour or follow printed prompts to experience the 1,000+ square foot space, which will feature non-traditional mediums including areas covered completely in neon pink (Y-Fi’s official color) fake fur and an LED blacklit “cave” with neon cardboard stalactites hanging from the ceiling and stalagmites growing out of the floor, while allowing students and visitors to add to the neon cave by creating other unique projects. The design and creation of exhibitions is currently taking place with plans to open the Micro Museum in mid-June. This project, accepted into the Artists Lead program, is being matched dollar for dollar on the crowdfunding site ioby.org. Find out more about Y-Fi at ypsifidelity.com.

Building healthy communities in Washtenaw County The Washtenaw County Health Department recently announced the planned distribution of $30,000 in grant funding through its Building Healthy Communities program with awards to Food Gatherers, Growing Hope, and the Farm at St. Joe’s. Food Gatherers, which engages partner agencies, will identify strategies to improve the quality of programming and to increase the amount and kinds of healthy food going to pantries to better meet the needs of clients. Ypsilanti Farmers Markets, funded and staffed by Growing Hope, will host the Power of Produce (POP) Club to encourage children ages 5-12 to taste and experience fresh produce. The eight-week program will enable POP Club members to receive $2 per week in tokens to spend on fruits and vegetables. The Farm at St. Joe's will build a new hoop house for growing plants from seeds and nurturing seedlings, as a dedicated year-round facility to start crops while teaching youth and adults the skills to plant and grow food (in gardens or containers) at home. 6

A community cafe Ann Arbor’s Community High School now offers students a school cafeteria called Community Cafe which is located in the school’s lower level in the room formerly used by the Jazz Band. The Ann Arbor School District’s new wellness coordinator, Angela Demetriou, assessing school lunchrooms across the District, realized that Community didn’t even have a lunchroom. She says all students will now have healthy options that will save them money compared to the cost of a meal at businesses in the adjoining Kerrytown area. “We really are striving towards equity and making things better for the kids,” she said, noting that students can now sit down and eat together. The new cafeteria will offer students a varied menu of made-to-order salads, sandwiches, pizza, and sushi bowls.

Light up the park

The world-class skate facility Ann Arbor Skatepark at Veterans Memorial Park is in high use year-round. Now, City officials have approved a plan to install lighting to allow for safe use and enjoyment of the park after dark. Skateparks, with unique features such as ramps, ledges and bowls, can be challenging to light properly. The City of Ann Arbor has hired a lighting consultant to design a lighting system to provide adequate light levels to be able to quickly see contour changes of curved bowl features, reduce glare and shadows and to maximize visibility for safe use. The consultant is tasked with utilizing sustainable lighting principles to minimize energy consumption, reducing light pollution to comply with the dark skies initiative and exploring options to use renewable energy sources, such as solar power. Daily, 6am-10pm. Ann Arbor Skatepark, Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson Rd. a2gov.org

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Springwell exercise clinic opens near Briarwood SPRINGWELL, a health and fitness clinic that facilitates the control of your health, is opening their first location off State Street in Ann Arbor. Whether you have high blood pressure, diabetes, are overweight, or want to prevent future health conditions, the facility offers customized programs to help clients achieve health goals. SPRINGWELL is a sister brand of LIVE WELL, a medical fitness clinic brand based in Canada. SPRINGWELL Exercise Clinic, 900 Victors Way. 734-545-8985. springwellclinics.com

Washtenaw County community opens a space to support Ypsilanti families The struggle to find affordable housing in our community is real for many families, and once housing is secured, some families have trouble paying the bills. The Giving Room was created in November, 2019, in recognition of this need, as purely a donation space. Ypsilanti Community Schools students keep an inventory of donated household goods and personal care items, organize the space and assemble weekly boxes for families that are referred by school staff and community partners. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. To make a donation or find out when their next drop-off event is scheduled find them on Facebook @thegivingroom.ypsilanti.

Sewing community in America

Hem your pants while supporting new business owners and expert tailors Nadya and Adnan Almiqdad. Quality Center Alterations recently opened in the Jewish Family Services (JFS) Incubator, a Microenterprise Development program that supports refugees in Ann Arbor in becoming economically self-sufficient. Quality Center Alterations will offer a broad menu of services including hemming, rip repairs, and zipper repairs and replacements.

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Changes at Briarwood Mall

Swimwear, loungewear and intimates brand Aerie is open in the space adjacent to J.Crew. Sister brand American Eagle is relocating from its current location in the East Wing, to the store space next to Aerie. Express/Express Men will eventually take over the space left vacant by American Eagle later this summer and will temporarily move into the JCPenny corridor next to Pink while renovations are completed. The mall is also expanding its dining and entertainment options with the addition of The Pac-Man Zone, featuring 4,600-square-feet of iconic games and digital delights for gaming fans of all ages. Next to Tricho Salon, Ah-ha Noodles will offer authentic Chinese meals using fresh ingredients, and Cinnabon will return to their original location in the JCPenney Court next to Olga’s.

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Longtime downtown Saline favorite closes

After 37 years in business The Pineapple House in downtown Saline is closing, owner Joy Ely announced in February. Ely said she plans to continue her interior design business and sell home decor products through social media, a new website, events and markets. Find The Pineapple House on Facebook @PineappleHouseLtd for updates.

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advice for parents with children 10-16 Al Hodge speaks about the problems with plastic to the Green Teens group at Saline District Library.

Saline Teens Go Green

Students hope to make a positive impact on their local environment By Mary Rose Kulczak

Henry Lizotte cares about the planet and wants to do his part to protect the environment. His passion about the subject led him to deliver a TED Talk on climate change last year. “I’ve been interested in climate change for a little while now,” said Lizotte, a sixth grader at Saline Middle School, who recently joined Green Teens, a group of environmentally focused Saline students, seeking to make a positive impact in the community. The group, formed at the Saline District Library, gets students involved in environmental concerns. “When I heard the library was hosting this group, I got excited and wanted to join,” he said.

Katie Mitchell, Teen Services Librarian at Saline District Library, helps environmentally-focused students make a difference in the community.

Student-led initiative “From the beginning, I have been happy to help with this student-led initiative,” explains Katie Mitchell, the Saline District Library Teen Services Librarian. “I was approached by a couple of eighth grade students from Saline Middle School who are interested in environmental science. Following a class visit to the library, where we talked about eco-diversity and climate change books in our teen collection, the students asked if they could start a Green Teen club at the library. We brainstormed ideas about what this club would look like and what we wanted to do.”




The group meets after school on the first Monday of every month, determined to build excitement with future projects. “The most fundamental goal for the group is to raise awareness of environmental issues in our communities, locally, regionally, and internationally. The teens are starting with a focus on getting other teens excited and active in taking on green initiatives and working together,” Mitchell said. The problem with plastics Al Hodge was the guest speaker at a recent Green Teens meeting. His Ann Arbor company, Hodge Plastics Group, is a consulting organization specializing in plastics while promoting responsible usage and proper recycling and disposal practices. His presentation on the impact of plastics on the environment was an eye-opener for students, sparking discussion on ways to reduce waste and to recycle. “I’d like to try to figure out how to help people realize that it’s bad for the world to have so much plastic and waste,” said Sydney Higgins, a Saline sixth grader. “I like helping in the community, and I feel really bad about all the trash,” she said. Mitchell said the group hopes to raise awareness of environmental issues in the community. “This includes reducing plastic usage, composting and limiting waste, knowing our food sources, and creating safe and healthy habits for all living creatures,” she added. Healthy Foods for a Healthy Planet In April, the group will be participating in a project, Poet-Tree, to celebrate National Poetry Month. The teens will write poems on biodegradable paper that has been infused with wildflower seeds, then place these poems in area woodlands. Later this month, Hether Frayer, from Fresh Food is Fun in Kalamazoo, will visit the library on April 23 at 3pm. Frayer, a proclaimed Fresh Food Fairy, will sample her Bike Blender smoothies and speak on healthy and local foods.

Sydney Higgins, a Saline sixth grader, seeks to raise awareness on environmental issues.

Henry Lizotte, a Saline sixth grader, is interested in climate change.

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Al Hodge has spent his entire career in the plastics industry, the third largest industry in the United States, employing over one million people. When it comes to responsible plastic usage, Hodge points to the four R’s. nRefuse: Exclude single use plastics like straws , bags, cutlery and cups. nReduce: find products that have limited plastic content and packaging. nReuse: Switch from one-time usage products to reusable products like bags, refillable water bottles and stainless straws. nRecycle: The last resort. Recycling can be effective when plastics are properly collected, separated and processed into a usable pellet.

To learn more about Green Teens and to register for upcoming events, visit salinelibrary.org.

Debit cards helps teens learn finances

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While financial independence is a first step toward adulthood, it’s still terrifying to think about handing a debit card over to a teenager. Greenlight, however, came up with a solution: they offer a debit card for kids that is monitored by parents through an app which provides teens and parents with two different experiences. Parents choose the stores, restaurants and websites where kids can spend their money and then receive real time notifications of the transactions their teenagers make. There’s also an option for kids to request money if an emergency occurs. A neat app feature, “Chores”, allows parents to set up weekly or monthly allowances, which children receive once they complete the tasks as funds are dispersed to Give, Save, or Spend accounts. Family and friends can directly send birthday, holiday or graduation money through Greenlight. The app is affordable at $4.99 a month per family for up to five kids with the first month free as a trial.


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Supporting Artists of All Ability Levels


Artisan Corner makes being a professional artist a reality By Miranda Keskes

What began as a humble “corner” in a local factory has developed into a program that now boasts over 70 associated artists. Artisan Corner is a branch of the Work Skills Corporation (WSC) whose mission is “to optimize potential.” WSC was formed in 1973 by a group of parents who wanted to help their adult children with disabilities develop skills to find gainful employment. WSC has since expanded to support all individuals with disabilities as well as veterans. This past year 1,174 people found employment through the efforts of WSC.

Cultivating dreams Michelle Acevedo, Creative Arts Director, began Artisan Corner through WSC in 2015, with five budding artists who were all employed in a factory and would create art during their breaks. They all had a common desire “to be a professional artist.” Acevedo made that dream a reality. Every Artisan Corner artist now has a professional business card and earns money each time a piece of artwork is sold. Last year, one of the paintings at the Corner was sold for $500. Many local businesses commission work such as beaded bracelets and bottle cap magnets. Ciao Amici’s, a local restaurant

in downtown Brighton, commissioned 30 custom plates that are now proudly used to serve appetizers and desserts. A budding young artist Harrison Gagnon, 15, is the youngest Artisan Corner artist. He started the program two years ago, at age 13 (the minimum age required to join Artisan Corner). He attends creative sessions bi-weekly during the school year and weekly in the summer. Harrison’s mother, Lisa Gagnon, loves the independence that Artisan Corner cultivates: “When you are empowered by independence, you find your passion.” Harrison has found his passion. He sold his first piece of art when he was thirteen: a ceramic bird. Together, he and his mother went to the bank to deposit his first paycheck. At Artisan Corner, Harrison can express himself freely, without judgment. When working on pointillism pieces, he loves to count the colors. On one piece he created, he counted 267 red pins. Lisa loves how art is helping him develop his dexterity and focus. Harrison’s favorite activity is making bracelets. He also loves “coloring with Michelle.” When asked if he has made many friends, he said “Yes.” An artist next to him was quick to say, “I like him a lot. He’s

Michelle Acevedo, Creative Arts Director, providing guidance to Harrison Gagnon, 15, as he paints the first coat of a ceramic vase. friendly!” His future ambitions are to continue as an artist and “live in a condo,” maybe “somewhere warm.” An eye to the future Artisan Corner continues to flourish. Acevedo has a dream of creating an even larger studio to support its growing community of artists and is always looking for community support and engagement. The artists’ work is proudly displayed and available for purchase at Studio West in downtown Brighton. Studio West is open on Tuesday from 12-6pm and Wednesday-Saturday from 12-8pm. To learn more, visit their website at wskills.com.

An example of a collaborative art project that Harrison Gagnon, 15, helped create.

To enroll as an artist or commission artwork, please call Work Skills at 810-227-4868 and ask for Deb or Todd.

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Why Handwashing is Such a Big Deal

Everyone knows washing your hands is important, but fewer know the reasons why. By Michigan State University Extension Staff

Your mother told you to do it, your teacher told you to do it, your work has policies and posts signs about doing it and social media even has graphic messages about doing it, still many do not do it or do it wrong. Handwashing is the single most important action that each of us can do to prevent the spread of germs and disease. It is also one of the most important community mitigation strategies to slow the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Michigan, particularly before a vaccine or treatment becomes available. The real story about handwashing Repeatedly, studies show that the majority of people are not washing their hands, or not washing them properly. An interesting study conducted by United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) observed people in a test kitchen and reported that only three percent of participants washed their hands when they should have. In another study, only 35 percent of people washed their hands before starting meal preparation. Why handwashing matters Handwashing is important with meal preparation and before eating because it is the mode of transmission for many illnesses, such as the common cold. Hand to mouth contact is one way that these germs make it into our body. Many studies show that by following proper handwashing procedures, we can greatly reduce the number of bacteria on our hands, which then reduces the risk of getting sick. How to properly wash your hands Ask anyone how long we are supposed to wash hands for and the answers will vary. The fact is, 20 seconds is all the handwash procedure should take. The following are the steps that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as many other regulating agencies, recommend: 10

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails. Scrub your hands, preferably for 20 seconds, but many resources say 10-15 seconds is adequate. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or let them air-dry. When to wash your hands MSU Extension recommends washing hands frequently, and it is not just for after you go to the bathroom or before you prep food, essentially anytime that you re-contaminate your hands, you need to wash them. Especially wash your hands when you are in a situation where you could transfer these germs, such as prepping food. The following examples are important triggers to wash your hands: Before eating food Before and after caring for someone who is sick Before and after treating a cut or wound After using the toilet After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste After handling pet food or pet treats After touching garbage After handling your phone or other electrical device After touching your hair or scratching yourself After handling money This list could go on and on, so it is up to you to use good judgement. To prevent yourself from consuming germs that may have originated from poop, blood, snot or spit (because ultimately – this is what you may be consuming), wash your hands. Find a full list of measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) at michigan.gov.

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How to Approach the Coronavirus Disease With Our Children The news can be scary even for adults but there are simple ways to calm a child’s fears By Heidi Alene Harris, Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education

Children are like sponges and even if we do not realize they are listening, they absorb everything they hear. We know that the focus of every current adult conversation is the COVID-19. You cannot go anywhere without the topic coming up in conversation, hearing it on the news, or seeing it on social media. Children are overhearing bits and pieces about the spread of COVID-19 everywhere. When a public concern of this depth hits it is important that as parents we remember that it is not only impacting us as adults, but our children as well. The news on this virus can be scary, even for us to hear and see as adults, so it is important that we help alleviate potential fears by discussing the virus simply and honestly with children. Children need support from a trusted adult in order to directly communicate and process the information. It is important to make time to have conversations and follow child-initiated questions in an effort to help them process the information. Follow the child’s lead and respond to their questions as they come up and watch for behaviors that may display they need help processing what they may have seen or heard. Children may respond with a variety of emotions and it is important that we respond with love and attention. A few tips for parents on ways they can support children during this time:

Be Honest. Keep it Simple. Watch Out for News Overload. Adults Keep Calm, Too. Practice Healthy Hygiene, such as washing hands. Reading children’s books about germs, such as Germs Are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick, helps children understand what germs are and practices to prevent spreading of germs. Try to keep to a routine or schedule as much as possible. During school closures, communicate daily the plan for how the children will be spending their day.

Mr. Rogers’ mom, Nancy Rogers, said it best when she said we can help our children process scary news by pointing out the people who are helping; the scientists, the doctors, the medical staff, and others. Mr. Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Our children are watching us and learning how to respond to situations based on how we respond, the best we can do as parents is help our children feel safe during this unsettling time. Refer to this parent resource, Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource, from National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and National Association of School Nurses (NASN) for other guidelines and procedures for supporting children.


Saline Neighborhood Comes Together To Help During COVID 19 Spreading good cheer through kind gestures By Mary Rose Kulczak

During difficult times, it is especially encouraging when neighbors can come together to spread good cheer through kind gestures. The COVID 19 pandemic has spurred one Saline neighborhood to help the children in their subdivision, as well as the families who live in the community.

“We are just asking people to hang something in a front window,” said Heidi Woltemath, a Wildwood resident and teacher at Pooh Corner preschool. “Every three days the item changes according to our schedule. You can color it, cut it out, print it from your printer, or whatever you wish. Then children and adults can walk the neighborhood, respecting social distancing and other guidelines, and count how many they find.” A roll to spare Paul Hynek and his family have been residents of Wildwood for many years. “We have lived here close to twenty three years. We were actually the fifth family to move in,” Hynek said. After a trip to Saline Area Social Services (SASS) recently, Hynek was inspired to organize a toilet paper drive in his neighborhood. “I was dropping off some food over at SASS. There was a woman from church who was there, and we got to talking and I asked her ‘What’s your most immediate need right now?’ She said ‘Actually, toilet paper.’ I emailed Anne Cummings, who is in charge of Paul Hynek, A Saline resident, organized a toilet paper SASS, with my idea to make sure drive to help Saline Area Social Services. she was okay with it. She told me their delivery had been delayed, and they were in even worse need.” Hynek used social media sites like Nextdoor.com and Facebook to organize a toilet paper drive. Residents were encouraged to donate a roll to the drop off box at Hynek’s house. Hynek was able to deliver over 50 rolls. Other Saline neighborhoods followed suit, and by the end of the week, SASS had 550 rolls at their building to pass along to Saline residents in need. “I thought it was kind of a fun thing to do,” Hynek said.

Saline Wildwood neighborhood is hosting an I Spy Scavenger hunt for children and families. I Spy scavenger hunt Saline’s Wildwood neighborhood is one of the largest subdivisions in the community, with over 200 homes and condominiums that connect the meandering sidewalks to many nearby destinations. The libraries, schools, parks and downtown businesses are all within walking and biking distance, making this a highly accessible and social community. When Saline area schools made the announcement to close during the pandemic, the Saline Wildwood board sent communication to its residents with a fun way to brighten the school children’s outlook in the days ahead. Inspired by Facebook posts, the board decided to organize an I Spy Scavenger hunt for the children who walk with their families. Residents are encouraged to put images in their front windows for the children to find. After several days, the images can be changed to fit the theme.

Be neighborly Wildwood residents are reaching out to their neighbors, offering to pick up groceries and prescriptions, as well as giving assistance when needed. “Keep an eye out on your neighbors, especially those in high risk categories. If you have their phone numbers, give them a call,” Woltemath added. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @annarborfamily for more tips and updated information. Tag us so we can see what your neighborhood is doing to remain connected during social distancing measures! Use the hashtag #a2kids. Have a story idea? We’d love to hear it! Email editor@annarborfamily.com.

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Paternity leave, waterbirth and financial burden

The Shocking Co$t of Childbirth

A glimpse at three new research studies concerning childbirth

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires larger employerbased companies to provide some form of maternity care. However, this doesn’t mean it is affordable. Michigan Medicine conducted a study that revealed 98 percent of women covered by the ACA (50 percent of women in the United States) are required to pay out-ofpocket costs, with some paying thousands in deductibles and co-pays. In 2015, the mean total out-of-pocket costs were $4,314 for a vaginal birth and $5,161 for a cesarean section. These were significant increases from 2008. However, as costs increase, the amount of care mothers receive decreases. This is a real concern as the United States is one of the few developed countries in recent decades to experience a rise in the death of the mother during birth. Many of these deaths have been attributed to pre-existing conditions prior to birth, conditions that might have been addressed and treated with proper care. Michigan Medicine, striving to bring light to these concerns, provides quality care programs like CenteringPregnancy, recognizing that the well-being of the mother is essential to the well-being of the child.

Waterbirths Just as Safe as Land Births

The Importance of Paternal Involvement

By Miranda Keskes

In the US, land births are the most common type of childbirth: the baby is born on dry land. Less common, but gaining popularity, are waterbirths. The mother goes through labor in a tub and remains in the tub for the birth of the child. Hydrotherapy, the use of water during labor, is more widely accepted. Most hospitals and birthing centers see the soothing benefits of water during the labor process but require the mother to leave the tub before giving birth. There is concern from some professionals that a waterbirth is not as safe for the baby because of potential neonatal infections and cord tearing. However, a recent study conducted by U-M researchers determined that water births are just as safe as land births. In fact, women who chose a waterbirth experienced fewer first and second-degree tears. The comprehensive study included 397 waterbirths and 2,025 land births. U-M remains a leader in the acceptance of waterbirths. Currently, they are one of the few hospitals in the United States to offer waterbirth as an option, while encouraging any woman considering one to consult her doctor or midwife.


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A new study by Ball State University in Indiana found that fathers who take paternity leave to help care for their newborn experience more stable, lasting marriages. The study included 6,000 couples whose children were born in the United States in 2001. All of the couples included a father employed, both at the time, and after, the birth. The research suggests that fathers who take one to two weeks of paternal leave are 25 to 29 percent more likely to have a longerlasting, healthy marriage. Richard Petts, the leading author of the study, explains that this time allows couples to “establish equitable co-parenting relationships.” Interestingly enough, no evidence suggested that longer leave times for fathers (three or more weeks of paternity leave) have any additional impact. Petts attributes this to the cultural norms of the United States and the expectation that a father should return to work as soon as possible. If a father does not, he may be ostracized by co-workers for taking more time off. The benefits of both paid maternity and paternity leave are significant, yet many employers in the United States do not offer paid leave. This study sheds light on the positive benefits for families while encouraging a cultural shift in the United States.

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Relationships are more likely to survive if fathers take family leave for newborns MUNCIE, Indiana – Fathers taking parental leave to spend time with their newborn child are 25 percent less likely to see their marriage or relationships end within a few years, says a new study from Ball State University. “If I [Take] Leave, Will You Stay? Paternity Leave and Relationship Stability,” which was published in the November 2019 issue of the Journal of Social Policy, found evidence that fathers’ leave-taking is associated with more stable parental relationships. Research was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. The study’s lead author, Richard Petts, a Ball State sociology professor (along with colleagues Daniel L. Carlson and Chris Knoester), found that couples were 25% less likely to end their relationship in the first six years following the birth of a child when fathers took leave as compared to couples where fathers did not take leave. “Results suggest that increasing access to parental leave for fathers – and encouraging fathers to take this leave – may help to increase family stability,” he said. “Overall, our study suggests that fathers’ leave-taking may help to promote more stable parental relationships in the U.S., identifying an additional benefit of fathers’ leave-taking for families.” The study also found that taking two weeks of leave or less is most likely to reduce the risk of relationship dissolution as couples were 29% less likely to end their relationship when fathers took 1 week of leave, and 25% less likely to end their relationship when fathers took 2 weeks of leave. However, Petts found that taking three weeks or more of leave was unrelated to relationship stability. “If taking leave provides fathers with time to learn to be an engaged parent, and parents’ time to establish equitable co-parenting relationships, it seems logical that more time on leave would be better for parents and help to strengthen parental relationships,” he said. “However, it is important to consider the cultural norms surrounding parental leave and the implications of taking more time off than is expected, or accepted, within a society.” Research data was taken from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, which contained a nationally representative sample of about 14,000 children born in the U.S. in 2001. The sample was restricted to resident two-parent families in which fathers were employed both at the time of

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their child’s birth and following the child’s birth to accurately assess information about paternity leave. The sample was further restricted so that there was only one valid case for each family, resulting in a sample size of about 6,000 couples. For the last several years, Petts has been examining the patterns, predictors, and consequences of paternity leave-taking in the U.S. to investigate the potential benefits of paternity leave and whether an expansion of current parental leave policies would be beneficial for American families, specifically focusing on benefits for children and co-parents. He noted that in the U.S., most fathers take a short period of time off work when a child is born and it is widely accepted that fathers should be present for the birth of their child. It is uncommon for fathers to take longer than a couple of weeks off work when a child is born, and there are actually career penalties and stigmas associated with taking longer periods of leave, he said. “Given the numerous benefits of parental leave, the increased attention on expanding parental leave policies in the U.S. is warranted,” Petts said. “American parents need greater access to paid parental leave in order to take advantage of the benefits that parental leave provides, such as more stable parental relationships. The findings regarding variations in relationship stability by length of leave suggest that norms regarding parental leave-taking also need to change, he said. “For the full benefits of parental leave policies to be realized, U.S. culture needs to be more accepting of fathers taking leave,” Petts said. “By doing so, we may be able to work towards greater gender equality by encouraging – and providing opportunities for – mothers and fathers to share more equally in childcare.” For more information about Ball State’s Department of Sociology, go here.


Hours of activity

Hours of sleep

Hours of screen time

Infants under 1:

30 + minutes of play including tummy and floor time.

14-17 hours/day of sleep, including naps.

No screen time.

Children ages 1-2:

180+ minutes/day moving energetically.

11-14 hours/day of sleep, including naps.

No screen time for one-year-olds; 1 hour for two-year-olds.

Children ages 3-4:

180+ minutes/day moving energetically.

10-13 hours/day of sleep, including naps.

One hour/day of screen time.

The World Health Organization [WHO] recently released new guidelines on screen limits and sedentary behaviors for children under the age of five. “For the greatest health benefits, infants, and young children, should meet all the recommendations for physical activity, sedentary [behavior] and sleep in a 24-hour period,” the guide explains. “Replacing restrained or sedentary screen time with more moderate- to vigorousintensity physical activity, while preserving sufficient sleep, can provide additional health benefits.” Research continues to show that physical activity improves fitness and motor and cognitive development. WHO additionally warns that children under age five should not be restrained for over an hour, which includes strollers, high chairs, and baby-wearing devices. When sitting still, reading and story-telling is recommended over screen time.

TIMER Tips for decreasing screen time: n Set a timer on electronic devices so kids know when screen time is up. n Engage in physical activity as a family: go to the park, take a walk through the neighborhood, visit an indoor water park, hike through the Toledo Metroparks. n Keep devices out of reach and eyesight. n Add pass codes so kids must clear usage with an adult. n Set examples: Read a book, work on a hobby, color with kids or exercise. n Try to find meaningful and educational cartoons or shows.

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CAMP DOYAWANNA Wild Swan Theater’s Studio, 6175 Jackson Rd. Suite B 734-995-0530 | wildswantheater.org Wild Swan Theater drama camps are fun experiences where kids can feel safe and comfortable exploring the imaginative world of theater. Their main goal is that every camper has a great time cultivating their creativity and leaves camp feeling successful. With a new theme every week, activities will include warmups, theater games and improvisations that bring people together in a nurturing, memorable way. CAMP DATES: Week-long, and half day camps offered in July. Camp times: 9:30am-12:30pm Ages: 4-12 Camp cost: $125 - $185 Registration: wildswantheater.org


Plan ahead and discover the perfect camp for your kids this summer By Laura Eliason


ANN ARBOR YMCA 400 West Washington St. 734-996-9622 | annarborymca.org The Ann Arbor YMCA strives to foster kids’ curiosity. Rooted in caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, the Y’s holistic approach works wonders, preparing kids for life one fantastic summer at a time. Camp Birkett, an ACA-accredited program, provides a traditional camp experience (transportation to and from Ann Arbor available), and is the perfect place for your child to explore the summer outdoors. The Y also has a wide variety of sports and specialty camps from physics to fishing or bowling to basketball as well as service-learning opportunities for teens. Pre and post care is available. CAMP DATES: Twelve weeks of full and half-day camps at the downtown Ann Arbor YMCA facility and at Camp Birkett on Silver Lake in Pinckney. Weekly sessions of Camp Birkett run from June 15-September 4. Camp Al-Gon-Quian has one and two-week sessions running from June 20-August 29, with a four day mini-camp for youth ages 6-10. Camp times: Varies by camp. Ages: 5-16 Camp cost: Price varies. Financial assistance is available. Registration: Register at annarborymca.org.

4567 Washtenaw Ave. 734-800-4137 | SCRAPA2.org

HUMANE SOCIETY OF HURON VALLEY 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. 734-662-5585 | HSHV.org Get your tail wagging! Enjoy hands-on time with the furry friends at our humane society, and learn about safe animal handling, good animal care, animal behavior and lots more. From toddlers (Camp PAWS, Jr.) to grade school (Camp PAWS) to teens (Animal Care Residency), campers will prepare to become responsible future pet owners and compassionate contributors to the world. Sessions include snacks and “paw-tastic” T-shirts. HSHV’s camps sell out every year, so be sure to register early! CAMP DATES: June, July and August weeks available Camp times: 9am-4pm with optional aftercare from 4-5pm (Except 4-5 year olds; 9am-noon) Ages: 4-15 (Separate sessions for different age ranges) Camp cost: $115 (Camp PAWS, Jr.) to $285 Registration: Go to hshv.org/camppaws to register. Limited number of scholarships available, too.

TINY LIONS CAT CAFÉ 5245 Jackson Rd. 734-661-3530 | TinyLions.org For teens, CampPurrs takes place at the Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center—the cat café run by the Humane Society of Huron Valley. It includes deep dives into special animal topics and interactions with the friendly cats at the cat café! CAMP DATES: July and August weeks available Camp times: 9am-noon Ages: 9-14 (Separate sessions for 9-11 and 12-14) Camp cost: $125 Registration: Go to hshv.org/camppaws or tinylions.org for more information or to register!


Camp SCRAP is an art camp centered on themes of creative reuse. This camp is for children who love inventing, making, and bringing their creative ideas to life! Alongside SCRAP staff, kids entering first through sixth grade will explore the possibilities of all of the discarded materials in the world around us, play games, try experiments, and make quality, useful projects infused with their own artistic ideas. CAMP DATES: Ocean Camp April 2nd-3rd, Rainforest Camp June 24th-26th, Superhero Camp July 8th-10th, Monster Camp July 22nd-24th, Color Camp July 29th-31st, Ocean Camp August 3rd-7th, Earth Camp August 17th - 21st Camp times: 9am-3:30pm Ages: Entering first through sixth grade Camp cost: $95-$285. Sibling discounts available Registration: Register at annarbor. scrapcreativereuse.org/Camp-SCRAP



ST. PAUL ANN ARBOR SUMMER CAMPS 495 Earhart Rd. | 734-665-0604 school.stpaulannarbor.org Exciting half-day and full-day camps for all ages and all interests! Adventurous camps include aviation, Chinese, photography, volleyball, woodworking, dinosaurs, martial arts, soccer, computer coding, Arbor Chess, german theater, and even Dr. Seuss! Camps are taught by energetic teachers, parents, and professionals who are passionate about their programs. They also offer the flexibility of half- and full-day classes in a variety of areas like science, sports, technology, and art. CAMP DATES: June 15 - August 7 Camp times: Half- and full-day camps with before and aftercare options, 8am-6pm Ages: Completed Kindergarten-Grade 8 Camp cost: Ranges from $100 (half-day) - $350 (full-day) Registration: school.stpaulannarbor.org



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MICHIGAN SWIM CAMP CANHAM NATATORIUM 500 E. Hoover Ave. | 734-845-8596 michiganswimcamp.com or camps.mgoblue.com Four sessions open to any and all entrants, limited to 195 campers per session at the University of Michigan. A staff of 60+ and three instructional sessions per day ensure the individual attention necessary for significant improvement. Choose the Intensive Training Track or the Technique Development Track. CAMP DATES: Week-long camps offered June 7- August 6 Ages: Ages 8-18 Camp cost: $690-$860 Registration: michiganswimcamp.com

SUMMER CAMP AT STONE SCHOOL COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL 2811 Stone School Rd. | 734-971-4820 stoneschool.org Stone School Cooperative Preschool is excited to offer summer camp at our historic Stone School House. Each week will feature a unique camp theme such as creepy crawlers, water exploration, camping, little builders and more. Each session runs Monday-Friday and times vary. A snack is provided each day. CAMP DATES: 9 independent weeks. June 3-August 9 Ages: Ages 3-6 Camp cost: $150/session for non-members; $135/session for members Registration: stoneschool.org



4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. | 734-929-9324 thecreatureconservancy.org/camps

1515 S 7th St 734-994-2300 | aarecedcamps.com Rec & Ed's summer camps are designed to give your child an exciting and enriching summer experience under the supervision of trained and experienced leadership. It is their goal to provide your child with a safe and fun summer with age-appropriate, enriching programs that include sports, creative arts, outdoor education, and much more. CAMP DATES: June 15 - September 4 Camp times: 9am-4pm (extended care available) Ages: 5 - 13 Camp cost: $79 -$330 Registration: Early bird registration is available. Register by 5pm on Wednesday, April 1st and save $20 on select full day camps and $10 on select half day camps. Register online at aarecedcamps.com, in person at our office, or mail the registration form.


3723 Plaza Drive 734-761-7255 | bakewithzing.com Save your child’s seat now for a camp experience they won’t want to miss! Hands-on baking camps at Zingerman’s Bakehouse will offer three different series options: baking basics, advanced basics, and a dinner series. Children will learn valuable kitchen skills and bring home delicious treats like buttermilk cake, cookies, and fruit tarts or dinner staples such as homemade pasta, sauces, and sloppy joes. CAMP DATES: Week-long camps offered June 15 -September 4. Camp times: Various half-day times offered. Ages: 9-14 Camp cost: Weeklong camps start at $250. Registration: Visit bakewithzing.com.


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ROLLING HILLS COUNTY PARK 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti 734-484-9676 | washtenaw.org/parks

Washtenaw County Parks offers three camps featuring age-appropriate activities and exciting learning experiences. Your child will have the opportunity to participate in swimming, nature hikes, craft projects, games and more. The fee includes a t-shirt, park entrance, a Friday snack and lunch. Visit washtenaw.org/parks for more information and visit parksonline.ewashtenaw.org to register.

Campers spend each day engaged in animal visits and activities, including some animal feeding and learning about aspects of animal care. New in 2020 there will be two different sessions of Zoo Camp offered for first through third graders and for fourth through sixth graders. They will also offer an optional late-night activity for campers in the older group. They will also have a camp for kids in 7th-9th grades. CAMP DATES: Camps are one week long, and run all summer Camp times: 9am-4pm, with optional after care available 4pm-6pm daily. Campers in grades 4-6 have an optional late night activity meeting our nocturnal animals on Thursday evenings until 9pm! Ages: Grades 1-9 Camp cost: $300 per week Registration: Fill out an online form and submit payment by clicking the dates of the week for which you wish to register on our website.

CAMP DATES: One-week sessions begin June 15 Camp times: 8am-6pm Ages: First grade through age 11 Camp cost: $200-$220 depending on camp Registration: Registration begins March 1 at parskonline.ewashtenaw.org

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RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL OF ANN ARBOR 2775 Newport Rd. 734-995-4141 | SteinerSchool.org

Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor offers your child “A Summer of Discovery” with week-long day camps for ages 4-6 and 1st-8th grades. Young children will have the joy of exploring baking, painting, water and sand play, summer crafts, and more. Older campers will be treated to a classic summer camp experience. They’ll be outdoors exploring and developing hands-on skills while they collaborate on shelter-building and scavenger hunts, as well as spending some quality, unplugged time inside enjoying a range of fun activities including soap-making, baking and a variety of crafts. CAMP DATES: June 8-August 14 Camp times: Mornings 9am-12:30pm. Full day 9am-3pm. Three or five day options. Before and after care available. Ages: 4-6 years old and grades 1-8 Camp cost: $110 -$310/week Registration: Register online at SteinerSchool.org

HONEY CREEK SUMMER CAMP New temporary location for 2020: 235 Spencer Lane in Ypsilanti 734-994-2636 x 2240 honeycreekschool.org/summer-program


3777 Plaza Dr., Suites 4 & 5 734-302-4248 | Aadanceclassics.com Your child can spend the summer having fun and actively exploring dance with Ann Arbor Dance Classics. Their themed dance weeks include instruction in ballet, jazz, and rhythms. With themed weeklong camps like On Broadway, Storybook Superheroes, and Big Top Circus. Full-day camps offered for ages 6-8, and half-day camps are offered for ages 3-6. Before and after care are available for an additional fee. CAMP DATES: July 13-17, July 27-31, August 10-14 Camp times: Full day: 9:30am-4pm. Half day: 9:30am-noon. Ages: 3-8 Camp cost: $220 -$320 Registration: Visit aadanceclassics.com for registration information.


2 Hippo Way, Toledo, Ohio 419-385-5721 | toledozoo.org/camps Toledo Zoo Summer Camp adds animal adventure to any summer! With a wide variety of topics and age groups, there is sure to be a camp to pique the interest of your animal lover. Every camp session is led by trained Zoo staff and volunteers, a daily snack is provided and every camper receives two camp shirts and a reusable water bottle. Registration is now open, book your adventure today! CAMP DATES: Week-long camps June 1 to August 7 Camp times: Full Day: 9am-3pm, and Half Day: 9am -noon Ages: 4-15 Camp cost: $135-$300 for Zoo Members ($160-$350 for non-members). Registration: Visit toledozoo.org/camps

Spend your summer having outdoor adventures, defeating dark wizards, creating artistic masterpieces, completing mythological quests, conducting crazy science experiments, and making new friends! Daily swimming and weekly field trips are included. Flexible scheduling, themed weeks, and specialty camps help you customize your summer to fill your child’s days with fun. CAMP DATES: June 17-August 21 Camp times: 8am-6pm Ages: 5-13 Camp cost: $55/day. Specialty camps $190-$205/week Registration: Register at honeycreekschool.org/summer-program.


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1866 Woodland Drive, Saline 734-429-3502 | cityofsaline.org/parks The fun begins when school lets out for summer! There’s so much Comment start that they Comment end do: weekly themed activities, daily swimming in our indoor aquatic center, outdoor exploration, arts & crafts, gym games, creative challenges, dance parties, field trips and more. Licensed by the State of Michigan, the Saline Kids Camp program prides itself in having great staff, endless opportunities for fun and the flexibility parents need. CAMP DATES: June 8- August 28 Camp times: 7am-6pm Ages: 5-12 Camp cost: Discounted rates are as low as $180 per week or $50 per day. Registration: Online at salinerec.com, over the phone at 734-429-3502 x0 or in person at the Saline Rec Center.

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SUMMER CAMP AT STONE SCHOOL COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL 2811 Stone School Rd. | 734-971-4820 stoneschool.org

Stone School Cooperative Preschool is excited to offer summer camp at our historic Stone School House. Each week will feature a unique camp theme such as creepy crawlers, water exploration, camping, little builders and more. Each session runs Monday-Friday and times vary. A snack is provided each day. CAMP DATES: 9 independent weeks. June 1-August 7 Camp times: Half-day and full-day camps offered Ages: 3-7 Camp cost: $125/session for half-day; $250/session for full day. Current members receive a 15% discount. Registration: stoneschool.org

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Adrian and Lori Iraola own Chela’s Restaurant & Taqueria in Ann Arbor and Dexter where they posted this sign thanking the community for their support.

Adrian and Lori Iraola talk about how to combat racism and discrimination in schools and communities in the wake of a viral video.

Grappling With Racism as a Parent

Finding a voice for speaking up, speaking out and embracing differences By Lori Maranville

Earlier this year, amidst a storm of media attention they never asked for, local residents and business owners Adrian and Lori Iraola’s daughter shared this quote: “Every storm runs out of rain.” Now, they are standing strong as parents and community members more determined than ever to speak against racism and urging others to do the same. The reality of racism Adrian Iraola was the target of a racially charged comment at a February 3 Saline community meeting. A video of the incident went viral and in the immediate aftermath, it brought the Iraolas, along with the town of Saline and the Saline School District, into the international spotlight. Beyond the glare of cameras, social media posts and the viral video, are real people with real questions about what to do about racism and discrimination and how to address it in our community. The Iraolas explain there is no easy answer but “first and foremost, we owe each other respect and tolerance,” Adrian said. The couple speaks from the heart and from experience, as parents and community members. Adrian, who immigrated from Mexico in the 1980s, married his wife, Lori, an Ann Arbor native, and the couple has three children in their twenties. All of the children attended Saline Area Schools and the couple coached soccer in Saline for years. Lori Iraola is the 18

equestrian coach for Saline Middle and High School and the couple runs three popular Mexican restaurants in the area, all named Chela’s Restaurant & Taqueria. Showing up The Iraolas simply intended to show support for minority students who had been the target of racist comments through social media when they attended the February meeting. Adrian Iraola spoke that night, highlighting the struggles with racism his own now adult children had experienced when they attended school in the Saline District years ago, to illustrate that racism and bullying are not a new problem. The couple and many in the room were shocked when another parent asked Adrian Iraola why he didn’t “stay in Mexico.” The comment drew an immediate rebuke from the audience but also illustrated the underlying attitudes that contribute to bigotry, not just in Saline, but across the United States. “We know that there’s a lot of ugliness in the world,” Lori Iraola said, “but when it’s sitting right behind you and it’s so bold as to as to say something that ugly in front of a group of parents and educators that are there to facilitate a meeting for diversity and inclusion in Saline Schools...we were just shocked.” Both Adrian and Lori say racism has been a continuing problem in the school system and Saline is not unique in that regard. “Saline is a wonderful town, and

I want to underline that,” Adrian said. “Saline is a wonderful city with a great educational system. It was really unfortunate that Saline was put in the spotlight for a racist incident because that’s not what Saline is about.” Lori relates that the couple’s children made lifelong friends in the community “but the racist comments hurt. And what we’ve seen is that they continue to hurt students.” So what can, and what should parents do, especially if their children become the target of racism or bullying? Speak up “The message is to speak up,” says Adrian Iraola. “Talk to people in authority. Let them know that this is not okay. Nobody has the right to bully you. Talk to your teacher. Talk to the person in charge. Let them know that this bothers you. Perhaps people don’t know that they are saying something mean or using the wrong adjective.” In retrospect, Lori said, although they did talk to the school when their children had issues, she wished they had done more and that the school had done more. “When our kids were in school, there were fewer minorities in Saline than there are now, so we really felt as though we were standing alone. I’m proud of the families in Saline right now that are standing together and really trying to make changes.” Adrian advocates that children are entitled to a hostility-free educational environment. More teacher training is needed on how to address these issues. “The fact that this went viral is an indication of how many people have experienced this type of harassment.” Community and school response While attention brought to these situations can bring threats and disparaging comments made through social media, there is also a more positive side. The Iraolas are encouraged by the conversations that are now taking place across the community and in the schools and their children have expressed pride in their parents for speaking out. They have also been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from people who have come to their restaurants and shared stories or written letters from all over the country. “We have a renewed interest in looking at situations that are affecting children and education. We have to be better human beings and we have to participate to help each other,” Adrian said.

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Last year, the Saline Schools created the SAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee made up of students, community members, school board members, school staff and school administration charged with helping to create a more inclusive environment. Since the most recent incidents, Saline Area Schools has issued statements condemning racism, hosted numerous community conversations on racism and is taking steps to train staff in equitable practices. Saline Schools Superintendent Scot Graden has provided updates on progress. Community members have also held rallies and forums; and students are making their voices heard through active engagement in groups like the Society for Student Resistance Saline. Embrace differences and find common ground All parents should teach their children to embrace differences, Adrian Iraola explains, “Parents need to tell their children they should be accepting of people with differences. They should make friends with someone who is different, and they may find they have more in common than they think.” The quote about storms running out of rain that the Iraola’s received from her daughter was one poet Maya Angelou heard in a song and shared during an interview in response to a question about what to say to someone when all they see are clouds. “We would follow that with a storm can bring damage but it also can bring rain that is needed for the rebirth of flowers and plants,” Adrian said. “People have more goodness and love in their hearts than meanness and hatred. The vast majority of people are good people. We’re all capable of doing bad or mean things but we are more capable, and our nature tells us to love or respect one another. We are definitely optimistic that things are going to get better.” To find more information about activities, events and resources from the SAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee go to salineschools.org/district-resources/dei/

For information on talking to kids about racial differences and racism, go to healthychildren.org.

Lefty’s Does Cheesesteaks Right

A re-introduction to a classic favorite By Lillian Saba

LEFTY’S CHEESESTEAK 3157 Ann Arbor Saline Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48108 | 734-929-2122 4003 Carpenter Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 l 734-677-7717 5055 Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 l 734-879-1000 Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm Sunday 11am-8pm leftyscheesesteakinc.com

Lefty’s Cheesesteak on Ann Arbor Saline Road is one of a dozen restaurants in the franchise serving classic American sandwiches to Southeast Michigan hoagie lovers. This restaurant offers a menu of delicious sandwiches in a casual setting and an appreciation for the amazing things “lefty’s” can do (the owner is a lefty). Friendly and fun Lefty’s is clean and spacious with plenty of natural lighting. When you walk in, a giant wall (coincidentally on your left) includes about 50 pictures of famous lefthanded celebrities, athletes and politicians. Trying to name each one with the kids is a great way to pass the time as you wait for your food. The staff were very friendly and checked on us several times to make sure everything was to our liking. Comfort food We ordered a variety of dishes, allowing everyone to take a few bites of each. There is no menu specifically for kids, but most of the items on the menu are kid friendly. The sandwiches are too big for kids, so one sandwich might be enough for a couple of kids to share. Just be prepared for some messy fingers and shirts.

We ordered a classic 12-inch cheesesteak hoagie ($11.89) with red pepper sauce, a fried chicken sandwich ($6.99), a corned beef reuben on rye ($10.99), a Greek salad ($6.99), curly fries ($3.29), cheesesteak eggrolls ($5.55) and buffalo chicken eggrolls ($5.55). The first bite of every sandwich was divine. The cheesesteak hoagie is made with a tender ribeye steak grilled to order and served piping hot in warm, soft bread with gooey, melted cheese and grilled onions. Add the spicy cherry pepper sauce to your cheesesteak for a nice kick. The eggrolls boast the same ingredients as the sandwiches but are wrapped and then deep fried in a wonton shell, then served with a cool, spicy thousand island dipping sauce. The corned beef is marinated with a house recipe of spices, cooked overnight and sliced to order. It is served with savory sauerkraut, made the way a reuben should be. The fried chicken sandwich featured a crispy chicken breast topped with fresh lettuce, tomato, and cheese, then adorned with a tangy sauce. Our son enjoyed eating it like a burger and declared it “tender and juicy.” The hoagie was the sandwich of choice for our 4-year old because she liked the soft bread filled with warm, tasty meat. Our 6-year old loves beets, olives and feta so the Greek salad was her favorite. My husband chose the hoagie and I loved the sauerkraut on the reuben. And who doesn’t love hot, well-seasoned curly fries? There are a number of cold cut sandwiches and Coney hot dogs on the menu which we will try on our next visit. We also promised our daughter we would go back to try the rainbow colored Superman cheesecake (reminiscent of the Superman ice cream flavor)!

Treat yourself Although Lefty’s Cheesesteak might not be the best place to abide by your New Year’s resolutions, you will definitely be satisfied with the quality food and service. A casual, friendly atmosphere with attendant service and decadent, savory, comforting and indulgent sandwiches. Everyone deserves to treat themselves. A hoagie from Lefty’s is the right way to do it. Lefty’s Cheesesteak is serving customers during the Covid-19 outbreak. You can call your local restaurant and place an order by phone for carry-out or order at the carry-out counter. The dining room is closed to guests until further notice.

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Kid-friendly: Yes. To avoid wait: Usually no wait. Noise level: Relatively quiet. Bathroom amenities: Clean bathrooms but no changing tables. High chairs? Yes. Kids’ menu? No. Anything healthy for kids? It is burgers and hoagies but there are salads too! Food allergy concerns? I would recommend discussing with server.


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