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Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission Hosting Community Forums to
Gather Feedback on Action Plan
LANSING, Mich. – To gather feedback on a plan to create a lead-free
Michigan, a series of public forums are being hosted by the state’s Child
Lead Exposure Elimination Commission (CLEEC) in May and June. The CLEEC's
five-year Action Plan builds upon the work of the former Child Lead
Poisoning Elimination Board with 51 specific action steps to be taken to
benefit the health of Michigan’s children. The action plan places a priority
on the prevention of exposure before children are lead poisoned. Federal,
state, local and community leaders, healthcare providers, private
sector/academic experts, privacy law experts, local health departments,
childcare centers and homeowners and tenants are invited to attend any of
the forums to provide input on the next steps for implementation. “We are
hoping to gather feedback from a wide variety of individuals on how to move
forward,” said Dr. Eden Wells, Michigan Department of Health and Human
Services chief medical executive and CLEEC chair. “The action plan is the
state’s guide to a state free of lead exposure and I look forward to seeing
the results it brings to fruition.” Forums are being offered: • Thursday,
May 31, 3 – 5:30 p.m. and 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Kent County Health
Department, 700 Fuller Avenue, Grand Rapids. • Wednesday, June 13, 2:30 – 5
p.m. at the Jackson County Health Department, 1715 Lansing Avenue, Jackson.
• Monday, June 25, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Wayne County Community College’s
Downtown Campus, 1001 West Fort Street, Detroit. • Wednesday, July 18, 4 –
6:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Health Department, 2600 Lafranier
Road, Traverse City. Additional forums may be scheduled in other areas of
the state. For a full listing of forums, visit
Download the flyer here (PDF).
At Rock Bottom, This Northern Michigan Elementary Now Produces Stars
By almost any indicator, the students at Kenwood Elementary in
Cadillac should be poor readers. Almost 3/4 of Kenwood students are
economically disadvantaged, in a state that ranks 44th in the nation in
low-income 4th grade reading skills. More than 9/10 of students at the
school are white; Michigan’s poor, white students rank a dismal 49th in 4th
rade reading, ahead of only Alaska. Yet these low-income students are
reading all-stars, meeting Michigan’s 4th grade reading standards at double
the rate of poor students elsewhere in the state.
Resource: Sensory Therapy
Designed by a mom who is an occupational therapist, this great idea brings a
box of new sensory toys and experiences to your child each month. “Wonderful
items to help your child self regulate...or simply for fun therapeutic
Might Create Special Schools for Students with Special Needs
FOR LEARNING: From MIT
Playful approaches for building
cognitive skills and exploring science & math. Games play an important role
in the learning process: they provide a safe, creative environment in which
children learn to experiment, collaborate and problem-solve. We work with
educators to make sure our games tie into their math and science
curriculums. The games we develop can be played on computers or mobile
devices, and are used both inside and outside the classroom.
A Story About Who You Truly Are
In 2006 Anita Moorjani succumbed to cancer, had a near death
experience, and came back miraculously healed. Her books "Dying to Be Me"
and "What if THIS is Heaven?" are New York Times best sellers. In this book,
she shares with children what she wishes she had learned as a child and the
secret of her miraculous healing.
School Becomes National Leader by Making a Surprising Subject Compulsory
We were in special measures. We had low staff morale, parents not
happy with the school, results were poor and nobody wanted to come here, we
had budget issues. It's a downward spiral when you're there.
Grandfather Murders Family, After Taking Just 2 of These
It's the world's second most prescribed antidepressant, taken for
everything from anxiety, depression, irritability, muscle tension and
fatigue. Up to 85 percent get addicted within weeks.
Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Students
Between the social-media-fueled pressure, college admissions madness
and bullying, schools today can be a minefield. We collected some
education-themed Op-Eds to help guide families as they settle into the new
what? A Familiar Fear When Disabled Children Turn 26
The murder-suicide of a respected educator and his son serves as a
rallying cry to some about the stresses that begin when special education
Bullying: The Complete Resource Guide
A list of the best resources on cyberbullying prevention including
guidance for victims.
to Help Heal Mental Disorders With Nutrition
These Nutrients Can Re-Energize Your Brain and Shun Depression,
Anxiety and More. There's a dark side to SSRIs and other drug-based mental
health treatments. These breaking revelations about the brain show that good
mental health demands only 6 or 7 nutrients, not 100, and it's not rocket
science. How could this help you or someone you love today?
Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education
While House Republicans lined up votes Wednesday to repeal the Affordable
Care Act, Vickie Glenn, a Medicaid coordinator for Tri-County Special
Education, an Illinois cooperative that helps more than 20 school districts
deliver special education services to students, was worried about an issue
that few in Congress were discussing: how the new American Health Care Act,
with its deep cuts to Medicaid, would affect her students.
How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss