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PONTIAC SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS SPRING 2021
PARTNER PROFILE UWM (United Wholesale Mortgage)

We’re excited to celebrate the amazing partnership the Pontiac School District has with UWM (United Wholesale Mortgage). Our relationship with UWM, formerly United Shore, is an important one. The company has provided the school district with funds, volunteers and even made several families’ holidays incredibly bright this past year. This past summer, UWM held a charity week in support of PSD. It was a five-day celebration of philanthropy hosted by 145 summer team members (or interns) and the goal was to provide educational tools to help ease the burden of remote learning during COVID-19. Full-time team members at UWM participated in a virtual 5K walk, along with a splash bash, basket raffle, dollars for the district, and a golf outing. During charity week UWM raised over $66,000 that resulted in their generous donation of tools and training for students and staff. To help take on virtual learning challenges, the donations included:

  • A Scholastic Digital Library of books to support English Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum district-wide
  • Take-home manipulatives for elementary students for virtual learning
  • A Newslea Digital Science subscription to add to the science curriculum
  • Magnetic letters and bumpy boards for phonics instruction

In addition to these donations, UWM has continued to donate thousands of dollars to the district for use for attendance incentives, remote learning, or to help the students in their transition back to full-time, inperson learning.

Beyond their monetary donations, the team members at UWM are also extremely generous with their time. Whenever we have a call for volunteers, they are always ready, willing, and able to help with whatever we need. And to top 2020 on a high note, UWM donated gifts to families this past holiday season, including TVs, bikes, and vacuums, among other things.

We are beyond appreciative and grateful for all they do with the district and are excited to shine a spotlight on them! Find out More.


The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition (GPCC), alongside The Committee of 50 and Oakland University announces the development and coming of 
The 
Hubert M. Price, Jr. Leadership Symposium

Set for September 17th & 18th of 2021, the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition, along with Oakland University, and the Pontiac Young Progressives, are planning a series of Leadership Symposiums. There will be a three-tier Leadership, Development and involvement process, to evaluate and advise people of the Community who desire Government, Corporate, Community Business Leadership and community involvement. This Symposium will provide valuable information and exposure to those interested in running for Mayor, Pontiac City Council, Library Board and Business positions in November 2021 and beyond. With so much at stake – COVID-19 Relief, Unemployment, Phoenix Center resolution, MDOT Woodward Loop, Marijuana resolutions, housing and land development and entrepreneurship, including Vision for our City and council.

Each symposium is designed to meet the needs of individuals with a Vision, who exhibit the following characteristics: Ability to work together, Leadership experience, Consensus Builder, Knowledge of Community, Business, and Corporate Engagement. These sessions will include a look at the seven pillar Oakland University/Pontiac Partnership.

Over the next few weeks, we will list people who desire to run or engage in the three (3) symposium sessions. The symposium will not offer endorsements but will share knowledge, experience, wisdom and sensitivity for leadership development.

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The Hubert M. Price, Jr. Leadership Symposium
Your questions and comments are welcome.

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Community Spotlight


Pontiac Public Library
60 E. Pike St., Pontiac MI 48342
Phone: (248) 758-3942 | Fax: (248) 430-8254
E-mail: pont@tln.lib.mi.us



APRIL 14, 2021

PONTIAC PUBLIC LIBRARY
“Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships”

Devan Brie S. Green is a Level 1 Professional Librarian and Library Director of the Pontiac Public Library, a class VI urban library in Pontiac, MI. She earned her Masters of Library Information Science (MLIS) from Wayne State University in 2013. She has been Library Director since 2014. Previously she worked as an Outreach Librarian at the Pontiac Library and Teen Librarian at the Auburn Hills Library. Her Bachelors of Communication Arts was awarded in 2000, where she majored in Radio, TV & Film also at Wayne State University. Mrs. Green is an author. Her published books are Her Confession, Wisdom Cries and Detroit Statuary.

She is a Board Member of the Pontiac Regional Chamber, the Board of the Pontiac Creative Arts Center, and Chair Elect of the Library Network Steering Committee 2022. Mrs. Green is also the CEO of Lavish Bombs & Butters LLC a skin care brand that specializes in high end, luxurious skin care products.

Library Mission:

The Pontiac Public Library is committed to providing comprehensive print and electronic collections, and innovative technologies and programming designed to enrich life, stimulate intellectual curiosity, and encourage life-long learning.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Cinco de Mayo at the Library

On May 5th the Pontiac Public Library is sponsoring 200 free tacos from Martes Del Taco Truck. There will also be Latin music by a local band. The outdoor event will be in the Library parking lot and Pavilion from 4pm-7pm on May 5th!

Sport Port Sports Equipment Lending at the Library

The Pontiac Public Library is the official location for lending sports equipment through Sport Port- a program to encourage free play and sports sampling. The library has individual items and sports kits available for check out. The collection contains the following kits: badminton, pickleball, flag football, volleyball, baseball and soccer. There are also the following items: softballs, mitts, hurdles, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, pop-up goals and agility ladders. Patrons can check out the equipment at the library and through library outreach efforts this summer at local parks and other locations where the Y on the Fly Van from YMCA will be doing pop-up programs. Contact the library to reserve a kit or other equipment. Project Play: Southeast Michigan is driven and funded by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s Youth Sports & Recreation focus area in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program.

Library Summer Reading Program

There is clear and consistent evidence that summer and other out-of-school-time reading programs can be effective in preventing summer learning loss and improving reading achievement. The Summer Reading Program is an incentive based reading program to encourage and reward reading for pleasure and ultimately encourage a life-long love of reading. The Pontiac Public Library's 2021 Summer Reading Program Theme is Tails & Tales. Go to http://pontiaclibrary.org to see information about the program, the kick-off celebration planned for Saturday June 19th, 12- 5pm and the Literacy Programs planned outside and virtual throughout this summer. The focus is on stories and programs featuring animals. There is even a petting zoo planned in August! Readers of all ages from toddlers to adults will be able to sign up for a profile on the Online Summer Reader program at http://pontiac.beanstack.org log their progress, leave reviews of the books they read and claim badges and prizes. There are quality prizes such as tablet computers, books, library swag, learning software and specially branded items highlighting the theme for this year. The Professional Librarians have planned a series of summer literacy program to serve all ages. The kick-off celebration will be outside due to the pandemic and there will be sign up prizes, music and free food! Participants who finish the program will received prizes for all levels and a chance at the big prizes for their age range.

Pavilion: New Vendor Community Kitchen LLC

Stay tuned for information regarding exciting developments at the Library Pavilion Kitchen which is now leased to Local Vendor Community Kitchen LLC. There will be opportunities for local chefs and food vendors to prepare and sell food through the Kitchen. There will also be events such as the New Pontiac Farmer's Market and Food Truck Rallies. The Library is excited to support and be supported by local farmers and food vendors. Stay tuned to the library website and social media for updates on this new venture!

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Detroit auto show leaves downtown for Pontiac in new event called Motor Bella

By Martin Slagter | mslagter@mlive.com

TROY, MI - The North American International Auto Show is moving out of the Motor City in 2021, with organizers planning a new fall event with a new name in Pontiac.

The event, called Motor Bella, will serve as a “bridge to the future,” the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, organizers of the event, said on Monday, Jan. 11, bringing next-generation mobility and vehicle debuts to media, show-goers and automotive enthusiasts, while also addressing continued COVID-19 concerns about indoor events.

The auto show was canceled in 2020 after organizers learned the federal government was going to take over the TCF Center for at least six months to use as a field hospital during the pandemic. Read More.

Oakland county
COVID-19 RESPONSE

Local governments experiencing 'dramatic change' during COVID-19 pandemic
By Mark Cavitt mcavitt@medianewsgroup.com 
Mar 11, 2021

David Coulter said the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way Oakland County does business.

Local governments were hit hard and fast last spring as all corners of society and industry were having to pivot quickly and work fast to adapt to a situation that was new, very fluid, and unknown.

Potential budget cuts, employees layoffs, and grim revenue forecasts were all on the table as David Coulter and Mark Hackel and their staff worked to prepare two of Michigan's largest counties for what would later become a historic year full of tragedy as well as an opportunity for learning and growth.
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The Pontiac Commercial Historic District
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Pontiac Commercial Historic District is a primarily commercial historic district located roughly along East Huron and South Saginaw Streets, within loop of Wide Track Drive, in Pontiac, Michigan.

The core of the district, within the block bounded by Saginaw, Lawrence, Pike, and Wayne Streets, was originally listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. A boundary increase creating the present boundaries was listed in 1989. The district includes the Eagle Theater and the Grinnell Brothers Music House, also listed on the National Register. Read More. 

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Meet Our Leadership


Oakland County, Michigan


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.


Pontiac, Michigan 


Deirdre Waterman, Mayor of the City of Pontiac

About Mayor Waterman

​On January 1, 2014, Dr. Deirdre Waterman was sworn-in as Mayor of the City of Pontiac, the first woman mayor in Pontiac’s long and storied history. In 2017, Mayor Waterman made history once again as the first mayor to earn a second term, signaling a strong message and mandate that Pontiac citizens believe in her vision for the future. As Mayor, she governs the city that she spent over four decades of her career collaborating with others to solve some of the city’s most challenging issues.

Under her diligent leadership, the City of Pontiac has recovered from the depths of 10 years of financial crisis and distress to achieve fiscal solvency and the restoration of municipal home rule. Read More.


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