School Bells: Black college tour, pancake dinner, free concert for students, young playwrights highlighted

A series of briefs from around The Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Historically black college tour meetings this week

The 2011 Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP is hosting a Historically Black College & University Tour next spring.  Final information meetings for those interested in the tour are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 18 at Pattengill Elementary School, 2100 Crestland Dr., Ann Arbor.

According to organizers, students interested in the trip must attend one of the information meetings. The trip will include visits to Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Alabama State University, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University, Savannah State University, Kentucky State University and Wilberforce University.

The tour is scheduled for April 3-8, 2011. Participants must be a sophomore or junior at a comprehensive high school or a sophomore, junior or senior at an alternative high school and must meet academic requirements, receive recommendations and have documented community service. Details: visit or request information via e-mail. (You may also call or text 734-274-9013 with your name and a number at which to return the call.)

Student builders host pancake dinner

The Ann Arbor Student Home Building Industry Program will host a Flippin’ Out for Student Builders pancake dinner from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 at Pioneer High School.   Tickets are $5 per person and includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage links, fresh fruit salad and beverages. There will also be a 50/50 raffle with proceeds returning to the program.

The program, is in its 41st year, providing educational training to Ann Arbor public school high school students interested in the building trades and  home building.  This fundraising event is designed to improve awareness of the program and will provide scholarship opportunities for students who wish to attend college in a construction related field of study.

Call 734-996-0100 for tickets or more information.

Free concert for Ann Arbor students

Ann Arbor Public Schools students will receive free admittance to a Michigan Pops Orchestra concert “Where In the World is the Michigan Pops?” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Michigan Theater, 608 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor.

Michigan Pops is the University of Michigan’s only student-run, student-directed orchestra. They play a wide range of music suitable for all audiences. This semester, the Michigan Pops program includes Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture, and music from The Lion King and Mulan.

Tickets for adults are $8. Details:

1-act play festival features Ann Arbor student writing

826michigan and the University of Michigan Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing hosts “Five Bowls of Oatmeal,” a festival of one-act plays written by 826michigan’s guild of 11- to 15-year-old playwrights at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater in the Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22.

Four student-written plays, each featuring a bowl of oatmeal, will be performed by prominent members of Ann Arbor’s theater community, including award-winning actor and director Malcolm Tulip.

The plays were written over the summer in a free creative writing workshop at 826michigan.

“The playwriting workshop I attended was my first experience with 826michigan, and it was outstanding!”, said Huron High School student Hanel Baveja, who wrote a play about a conversation between four books. “Writing a play is a whole different game than writing short stories, so it was definitely a new experience.  I am really looking forward to seeing my play performed by professional actors.”

Hanel and several other playwrights will be interviewed by University of Michigan master of fine arts candidate Joe Horton to gain insight into their writing process.

Tickets to the event are $15 and can be purchased online.  The event benefits 826michigan’s free literacy programming for students 6-18 in Washtenaw County. Details: or call (734) 761-3463.

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