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  • Second-grade student, Derrick Howard, adopts his entire school for Christmas

    Jenny Johnson, Wayne Westland Schools|Jan 12, 2023

    Derrick Howard, a second-grade student at Taft-Galloway Elementary adopted his entire school for the holidays! He told his mom that not all of his friends might get gifts for Christmas so he wanted to get something for all the students at his school. His mom reached out to a network of willing helpers and she and Derrick spent the few weeks before the Christmas break collecting and sorting the gifts. The gifts were given out to all Taft-Galloway students....

  • Wayne-Westland Students Participate in Girls in Engineering Academy

    Jenny Johnson, Wayne Westland Schools|Dec 1, 2022

    The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) created the ESD Girls in Engineering Academy (GEA) to improve academic achievement and increase the interest in engineering among girls. The goal of (GEA) is to close the gender gap in engineering and STEAM professions and to promote engineering interest amongst girls. The first three years of the program are for middle school students and help prepare them academically for high school with a focus on mathematics, ELA, and engineering courses. The...

  • Wayne-Westland Community Schools presents First Responders kits for non verbal residents

    Jenny Johnson, Wayne Westland Community Schools|Jul 28, 2022

    Staff from Wayne-Westland Community Schools presented "Core in the Community: First Responders" at the Wayne City Council meeting. Core in the Community: First Responders is an idea that came from a conference two WWCS staff members attended. Heather Martinez, director of special education services and Rachael Hendzell, speech language pathologist saw the need for our local first responders to be able to communicate with non verbal individuals during an emergency. The kits contain items that wer...

  • Wayne-Westland Community Schools Awarded $2,116,145.00

    Jenny Johnson|Jun 16, 2022

    Westland-The U.S. Department of Education announced that Wayne-Westland Community Schools would receive a federal Upward Bound grant of $2,116,145. This grant will help more low-income students who would be the first members of their families to earn degrees to prepare for and enroll in college. The Wayne-Westland Community Schools Upward Bound program was proud to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year and is excited to enter year 41 with a new grant award. (That sentence doesn't sound quite...

  • Wayne-Westland Community Schools Receives $3 million Technology Grant

    Jenny Johnson|Feb 3, 2022

    Wayne-Westland Community Schools has been awarded a $3 million Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Grant through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This grant is part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help schools and libraries support remote learning. "Wayne-Westland received the biggest award in Michigan. We would like to thank our Technology Department for targeting this grant to address the device and connectivity shortcomings experienced by our students," said John Dignan,...