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Dear Supporter and Member:
I hope you all are enjoying the last full month of summer. For most of us, August is when we try to squeeze in the last bits of sun even though summer doesn’t end until late September. August is also a time that our youth, educators, and parents are getting ready to come back to school. Summer camps are ending, and many organizations and the school district are planning for back-to-school events this month.
For some of the high school students in Pontiac, this summer has included internships at local businesses. These summer opportunities provide them a way to build confidence, gain valuable skills, and (let’s face it) a little cash in their pocket. GM Pontiac Engineering Center is proud to continue to offer its Pontiac Schools Pre-Engineering Summer internship to the brightest and best in Pontiac. Each year the high school juniors have an opportunity to apply for this 10-week internship to learn if a career in STEM is in their future. We have several students working for us this summer that heard about this opportunity and started to talk themselves out of it (saying to themselves things like ‘I’m not in FIRST Robotics’; ‘They don’t want me'; ‘I can’t work there’). Thankfully one of the students that felt this way applied regardless and she became one of our top choices.
So, take every opportunity that comes your way this summer and look for opportunities this school year to reach your goals. Be prepared, be kind, and be confident that you too can work at GM or another local business next summer. Internships and summer work are not only work, but they can also include fun opportunities such as volunteering and meeting new people. We do hope that each Spring our Pontiac High School students take full advantage of these opportunities and apply to the many internships available to them in the Pontiac Area.
Pontiac has some great events in August, so check out the PMB In the Loop newsletter and go out and enjoy the last bits of summer!
Rosana G. Hull
GM Campus Management & Community Relations Manager,
The Pontiac Promise Zone is a program that enables students living within the Pontiac School District. Graduate from a PPZ approved high school. Can obtain financial assistance to attend any college, university or trade school in Michigan and earn a two-year degree, four-year degree or certification.
• Commitment Satisfaction - Receive up to $8,000 per year, paid in increments of up to $4,000 per semester. Pontiac Promise Zone funds are applied towards tuition and fees only. (Funds cannot be applied towards room and board etc.)
• Book Reimbursement - If eligible, you may also qualify for up to $400 per semester in book reimbursement. This amount is offered even if the student does not receive the tuition scholarship.
• First Requirement - Live within the boundaries of the Pontiac School District, which includes some addresses in Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Lake Orion, Rochester, Lake Angelus, and White Lake in addition to all Pontiac addresses. Find out more.
Article by Pontiac School District NEWS Winter 2022
Oakland Schools’ STEMi Mobile Innovation Station visited Pontiac High School in January providing students with unique, hands-on learning activities featuring advanced technology and more.
STEMi offers more than 1,000 square feet of activities for up to 40 students at a time. Students who participated had the opportunity to experience firsthand working with autonomous vehicles, collaborative robots, smart manufacturing, and extended reality. This level of interactive learning brings real world understanding for how these innovations are activated in the professional world. It also serves as a wonderful introduction and complement to our Career Pathways programs and other STEM initiatives.
Welcome to the NEW BOARD MEMBERS!Anisha Hannah
What inspired you to want to be a part of the PSD Board of Education?
In my role with Pontiac Collective Impact Partnership, I began to hear and learn more about the positive things happening within the district. So much talk over the years has been about what wasn’t working within the district; I thought more people should know about the exciting things happening here. Our Superintendent and staff work hard to provide our students with a quality educational experience. I wanted to do my part to help make sure our students have that quality educational experience too, so I thought I would lend my service to the Board of Education. Read More.
What inspired you to want to be a part of the PSD Board of Education?
There are many things that have inspired me to want to be part of the PSD Board of Education. I was born and raised in the City of Pontiac and attended school within the district. Growing up in the Pontiac and watching and learning about opportunities to serve, give back, and support the continued growth of this community became important. There were discussions with family and friends who were encouraging and supportive of my endeavors to commit to needs of our students and their families. After praying on the decision and understanding the nature of this responsibility I knew that I would be able to contribute by shaping the future of Pontiac Schools and our community. Read More.
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Creating Social Change Through Music
Accent Pontiac is an El Sistema-inspired social change through music education program in Pontiac, Michigan with a mission to strengthen Pontiac’s youth and community through equitable access to intensive and consistent music making. A partner of the Pontiac School District, Accent Pontiac launched in September 2016 and has grown to serve over 250 students. Accent Pontiac programming is offered 4 days per week and consists of ensembles and sectionals on brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, chamber music, music theory/history, homework help, a hot meal, and transportation, all free of charge to participating students.
In addition, Accent Pontiac hosts immersive experiences for Pontiac students, including student performance opportunities, guest artist events, and field trips.
Accent Pontiac has some exciting events coming up.
Join us for AP After Hours, a benefit concert for Accent Pontiac featuring Consuming Arts and Pancho Villa Skull, on September 9th at the Alley Cat Cafe in downtown Pontiac. You can register at apafterhours.org; suggested donation is $5.
The 5th Annual Green Bucket Run is on November 5th at Kirk in the Hills in Bloomfield Hills. The race starts at 9 am and kicks off with a kids race and a snack drive. Register to run or sponsor the event at accentpontiac.org/greenbucketrun.
Accent Pontiac is deeply invested in the Pontiac community and its youth. Accent Pontiac students perform all over Pontiac and the metro Detroit area. For more information about upcoming performances and how to get involved, visit accentpontiac.org and subscribe at accentpontiac.org/subscribe
Mental Health grants awarded to 42 non-profit agencies
By Oakland County Executive Office
Oakland County announced last week that it awarded $8.5 million in Oakland Together Mental Health and Wellbeing grants to 42 non-profit agencies to increase access to mental health services to Oakland County residents.
The grants are funded through some of the federal American Rescue Plan dollars received by the county. The non-profit organizations will be building, expanding or offering new mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse services across Oakland County. Read More.
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How to help
Oakland County Health Division Expands Testing Sites Because of COVID-19 Surge
Pontiac, Michigan – Record numbers of COVID-19 cases are prompting Oakland County Health Division to expand COVID-19 drive-through testing beginning next week. To make an appointment, go to www.oakgov.com/COVID and click on the COVID Testing button or contact the Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533.
Drive-through testing will be available at the following locations:
Appointments are strongly encouraged. Read More.
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Phoenix rising? Pontiac on the edge of a recovery.
One hundred years ago, riding north up Woodward Avenue from Detroit to Pontiac was a voyage from one successful urban landscape to another. Set alongside the Clinton River, Pontiac was more than just the county seat of Oakland County, but a capital of the new and thriving automobile industry. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Pontiac grew and thrived as tens of thousands of autoworkers moved to the city from the American South to work in its General Motors auto assembly plants such as at Pontiac Assembly, and African Americans traveled north in the Great Migration seeking work, education, the opportunity to vote and escape oppression from Jim Crow laws of the South. Surrounding areas, including Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Birmingham also benefitted and grew as luxury areas where executives and management sought to settle with their families.
Fast forward to 2021, and Pontiac is struggling to reinvent itself after decades of poverty and decay. As quickly as Pontiac shot to stardom so too did its urban light dim, a victim of changing ideas of urban living and changing fortunes to the American automobile industry.
Just as Detroit has begun to reinvent itself in the last decade or so as a new model of urban renewal, so too is Pontiac working to develop itself as a new and vibrant city, one where young, creative talent will want to live, an affordable option for those who may have been priced out of neighboring towns, and where several large corporations, from Amazon to United Wholesale Mortgage, have seized upon the opportunity to relocate. The question is whether this is Pontiac's time to rise from its ashes, or if it will continue to smolder. Read More.
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Meet Our Leadership
Tim Greimel, Mayor of the City of Pontiac
About Mayor Greimel
Tim Greimel has a proven track record of fighting for Pontiac residents and families. He has represented Pontiac in the Michigan legislature (2012-2018), serving as the Democratic leader of the Michigan House of Representatives for four of those years, and on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners (2007-12).
As County Commissioner, Tim worked to diversify our economy by attracting new businesses to Pontiac and led efforts to provide health insurance for our most vulnerable citizens. He established an innovative micro-loan program to help small businesses start up and grow. When the economic downturn hit, Tim successfully worked with members of both parties to balance the county budget without raising taxes. Read More.
David Coulter, County Executive
About David Coulter
David Coulter is honored to serve as Oakland County's third County Executive. At this important juncture for our County, his inclusive style seeks to leverage the strength of county government and tap the broad diversity of our residents to open a new doorway for future progress.
Dave brings a wealth of local government and executive experience. He represented Southeast Oakland County on the Board of Commissioners from 2002-2010 where he was well-respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. While on the board, he was a member of the Finance committee which oversaw Oakland County's balanced three-year budget and started an innovative program that provided health insurance to over 5000 residents. Read More.