Featured Image: A snippet of the "CAN Kids Newsletter" February
Hello Friends,

While CAN community centers are still mostly closed to non-staff members we have found some fun and safe ways to celebrate Valentines Day and Black History Month with our CAN families. They each received their February edition of the CAN Kids Newsletter in the mail that included some artist's profiles, activities, and worksheets along with hand-delivered Valentine's Day goody bags.

As the weather warms up, we are looking forward to more time outside together with the kids and their families. We miss them very much and look forward to outdoor programs in the spring/summer months. Thank you for your continued support which has allowed us to continue serving hundreds of families during this prolonged, difficult season.

Thank you,
Your Friends at CAN

What Is Happening at CAN?
Black History Month @ CAN

This past month many of our lessons were centered on celebrating and learning about Black culture. CAN Art & Design hosted a lesson on Charles McGee, a Black artist from Detroit, and the kids did an exceptional job of interpreting his work.

The February issue of the CAN Kids Newsletter also included an A-Z African American Visionaries poster and tons of fun & educational coloring pages.

Featured: Brick Elementary students' take on Charles McGee's work and a picture of Charles McGee himself.
Student and Staff Highlights
Featured right: Bryant's Teen Block team are very fortunate to call Tyla a colleague. Although she works deftly with any age group, Tyla decided in Fall 2020 that she would focus her efforts most intentionally on supporting our high school students. Tyla is directly responsible for several of our students’ academic successes, honor roll placements, and improvements in their social-emotional wellbeing- sometimes working weekends to make sure our students are getting the support they need and deserve. 

Tyla inspires her students to succeed, and staff such as this site director (SKY!) to be the best team members we can. Thank you for your passion, energy, empathy and kindness Tyla!
We would be remiss if we did not highlight the incredible work of some of our staff and students!

Featured left: One of our Bryant Community Center participants is excelling in her studies despite the challenges presented by virtual learning. We are proud of the work she is putting in every day and we will continue to work with her and cheer her on as this school year continues.
Welcome (back) Kayla Samuels
We are happy to welcome Kayla Samuels as our new Director of Brick Community Center. Kayla was a former CAN AmeriCorps VISTA at Brick but she took a short hiatus to get her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. The kids have missed her (and vice versa!) and love having her back in their online programs.

On that note, we will all miss Caroline Wesley, our previous director, and we wish her all the best in her next professional endeavor! She was a wonderful asset to our team and a great mentor to Kayla. Thank you, Caroline!
*Pictures from 2019*
Above: Kayla with students from CAN's Brick Community Center in summer of 2019
CAN Art & Design Grant Announcement!
We’re proud to share that CAN's Pat Byrd Playscape was selected as a #PlayEverywhere Design Challenge grantee! We’re creating The Pat Byrd Playscape at CAN's Arrowood Hills Community Center which will combine learning and play through a series of outdoor stations. We plan to create four distinct play stations that cover four areas of learning: 1) basketball court math mural; 2) English language arts (ELA) mural along the zig-zag wall; 3) play pavilion doubling as a science station; and 4) sprawling sidewalks featuring geography facts. This will transform an everyday space and help infuse more equitable play opportunities in Ann Arbor! We are excited to start this journey with @RCWJRF and @kaboom!

Pat Byrd served as Office Manager of the Arrowwood Hills Cooperative office for 35 years until her recent retirement in 2020. During this time, she has impacted generations of families as a staple in the Arrowwood Hills community.

Above: a mock-up of the the future playscape
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