AAPSEF, PTO Thrift Shop collaborate on late middle school busing

Thanks to funding from the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation and the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop, middle schoolers will be offered later busing home from after-school activities.

Both the foundation and the thrift shop will award AAPS funds of up to $43,000 for a total of $86,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year.

After-school activities for middle school students include visual and performing arts, instrumental lessons, club meetings, leadership development, athletic events and academic support.

Late bus service will be provided to six schools: Ann Arbor Open, Clague, Forsythe, Scarlett, Slauson, and Tappan.  An estimated 1,500 middle school students participate in after-school programs each year.

Partial funding from AAPSEF comes through a gift from the family of the late Dr. James A. Norton, Jr., and reflects his commitment to equal educational opportunity and social justice.

“We are gratified to be able to leverage our resources with those of the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop to ensure all middle school students have the opportunity to take advantage of the many enriching after-school programs that are offered,” said Omari Rush, the new AAPSEF board chair. “We view this collaboration as a model for other businesses and nonprofit organizations to support programs in our public schools. ”

“Funding transportation for enriching activities in the Ann Arbor Public Schools is a priority for the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop,” said Janet Fritsch, Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop Chair. “With this support, the shop can help the district meet their projected middle school enrichment needs.”

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is an independent, community-based, non-profit organization committed to helping all Ann Arbor Public Schools students achieve their highest potential by providing community support for innovative and excellent educational opportunities.

The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop is a non-profit resale shop with all proceeds from shop activities benefitting Ann Arbor Public Schools and its PTOs, Parent Councils, teams, clubs and other groups in support of AAPS student enrichment.

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