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Flint Jackson Park Youth Baseball League Kick-Off

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Flint Eagles Nest Academy will host Jackson Park Youth Baseball League, Play Ball Event. This event is a kick-off to the youth baseball program and will take place June 1, 2019, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at 5005 Cloverlawn Drive, Flint, MI 48504.

The Play Ball Event will start with an open pitch from the City of Flint’s Mayor, Dr. Karen Weaver. Players in the league will be a mixture of boys and girls, ages 4-12 years of age.

This event is open to the public and is of no cost to attendees.

For more information, contact Sean Croudy at (810) 449-6380 or Ronnie Russell, at (810) 877-9911.

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Mayor Weaver’s Beautification Initiative 2019

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Overview

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Mayor, Dr. Karen W. Weaver, unveiled the Mayor’s Beautification Initiative (MBI). MBI has two critical components, both designed to promote community beautification and recognize Flint residents who are taking care of their property in spite of the water crisis and other financial challenges facing the City of Flint.

1. Encourage local stakeholder organizations – businesses, churches, fraternal, civic groups and others – to adopt the areas around their properties (this year the City will adopt Pierson Road from Dort Highway to Clio Road). This includes, but is not limited to, picking up litter, mowing the grass, painting benches, planting flowers, etc., to improve the overall perception of Flint for residents and visitors.

2. Recognize Flint residents for taking care of their property. Nomination forms are due to the Mayor’s Office on or before July 15, 2019 at 5 p.m., to recognize the beautification efforts of Flint residents.

Beautification Initiative:

Who can participate? Participation in the 2019 Mayor’s Beautification Awards is exclusive. Participation is limited to residents in the city of Flint. If you receive a tax bill from the City of Flint you are eligible to participate.

Judges: An anonymous group of residents will be selected to serve as judges for the 2019 Major’s Beautification Awards. Judges will include, but are not limited to, residents with beautification experience and those who understand the importance of recognizing the contribution of others.

Kickoff: The kickoff for the Mayor’s Beautification Awards will begin today, May 9, 2019. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, July 15, 2019.

Awards: Awards will be presented to participants in all nine wards of the city of Flint and multiple awards will be presented in every ward. The award categories will consist of:

Attractive Home:

o The lawn is mowed and edged

o The shrubs and trees are trimmed

o The overall presence of the home complements the neighborhood or block

Admirable Home:

o All of the criteria for Attractive Block are met

o There are flowers or plants visible from the curb

Adorable Home:

o All of the criteria for Admirable Landscape are met

o The concrete (sidewalk and/or driveway) is in good shape

o The overall yard has a clear theme

o This home represents a model home and should be highlighted

Award Presentation: Awards will be presented at the Mayor’s 2019 State of the City Address. A picture and a short description of the awardees will be presented during the Mayor’s address.

How to Nominate: You can nominate a home or block for an award by completing and submitting the Mayor’s 2019 Beautification Initiative Nomination form. Nominations must be submitted in person or emailed by July 15, 2019 for consideration. Contact Schuyler Davis atsdavis@cityofflint.com and (810) 237-2025 for more information on how to nominate and to deliver nomination forms and pictures.

Pierson Road Street Adoption

On Thursday, May 30, the City will be partnering with residents, businesses, churches, and other stakeholders to adopt Pierson Road as a cleanup site. The goal is to clean and beautify this major street on May 30, but also throughout the year so that it:

• Is free of all trash and debris

• Features grass that is mowed and edged

• Possess trees and shrubs that are trimmed

• Showcase flowers, especially perennials that will bloom year after year without replanting

• Is connected by sidewalks that are in good repair and are free of snow and ice

• Features holiday decorations, especially lights in the month of December

Volunteers are encouraged to bring own tools: mowers, rakes, shovels, hoes if you have them. Bags and gloves will be provide, as well as limited tools. Also: bring your families/neighbors, etc!

Particular details on event – register at city hall in back parking lot by dome auditorium at 8:00. Cleanup from 9-12. A community celebration from 12:30-1:30 will be held on the back (?) lawn of city hall

To commit to cleaning-up and maintaining one block along Pierson Rd and ancillary streets, please call (810) 237-2090 or e-mail lcrawford@cityofflint.com

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Flint Fire Department to Offer Summer Camp for Youth

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Starting in June, the City of Flint Fire Department will offer the first ever “Camp Fire” Summer Youth Camp for girls and boys ages 12-17 years old that reside in Flint and surrounding communities.

“My goal this summer, for all youth, all over the city of Flint, is to make sure that they are involved in an activity that is both fun and educational,” said Flint Mayor, Dr. Karen Weaver. “It is never too early to introduce a child to a possible career pathway for them to consider and if nothing else, teach them at an early age to respect the heroic work that firefighters do.”

“Camp Fire” a two week program aimed at providing girls and boys with a comprehensive, intensive overview of the firefighting profession. The program is very physical, hands-on and intense. Girls and boys will have the opportunity to do things that they may never have done before. Cadets will gain a confidence and inner strength that comes through accomplishment and success, free of charge to participants.

“Our mission is to provide young girls and boys a safe environment to gain strength and knowledge while building confidence and leadership skills,” said Fire Chief Raymond Barton. “We will accomplish our mission by bringing in the best instructors and staff that we can, and by continuously evaluating and updating the program to meet the needs of the cadets and to reflect current NFPA safety and training standards.”

Another goal of the summer camp is to improve academic performance, school attendance, and address behavioral concerns.

“It is our hope that the long-term effect of the program will improve academic performance, school attendance, graduation rates and attitudes,” said Deputy Fire Chief, Carrie Edwards. “We believe that showing youth what they are capable of helps them recognize and unleash their potential, which can change the trajectory of their life.”

Participants can sign up for the program by visiting the city of Flint website and downloading an application.

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Marion Coates Williams

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Marion Coates Williams was born into a loving Christian family, where moral and spiritual values were taught by precept and example. At an early age, her parents helped her weave a path for her future designing educational opportunities as an end result.

The first hurdle along this path was completed when Marion graduated from Flint Northern High school in 1939. Continuing along the path, she entered and graduated from Flint Junior College (now Mott Community College). She immediately enrolled at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, and graduated two years later with a Bachelor of Science degree. Mrs. Williams earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

In the fall of 1943, Marion was hired as a classroom teacher for the school district of Flint, giving her distinction of being the FIRST BLACK CLASSROOM TEACHER in the Flint school district.

In 1950, Marion Coates was united in marriage with T. Wendell Williams, and they became the proud parents of three lovely children: T. Wendell, Jr., Helen Rochelle, and Karen Marie. She is also grandmother to five precious grandchildren.

The late T. Wendell Williams was the first BLACK member of the Flint Board of Education. A pediatrician by profession, Williams Community School and Education Center is named in his honor.

Mrs. Williams joined Vernon Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church with her parents at an early age. The family became an integral part of African Methodism, not just at Vernon, but throughout the connection of African Methodism.

She remains active at her church, and serves in many capacities, as organist and pianist, Adult Sunday School teacher, Treasurer of the Steward Board, member of the Stewardess Board, and is active in the Women’s Missionary Society.

Marion Coates Williams has made a positive impact on the teaching profession, giving tirelessly her time and talents. She was a classroom teacher for several years and then was Director of the Follow-Through Project, designed to give every child the opportunity to learn and develop to his or her highest potential, a highly successful project for the Flint schools. Currently, she is a mentor in the Host Program at Northwestern Community School.

Mrs. Williams shows keen interest in community organizations. She is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society; member of Church Women United, the National Council of Negro Women, the Pierians, and the Links.

Among Mrs. Williams’ most cherished honors and awards: Family of the Year from Flint Chapter Jack and Jill; Music Award—Religious Academy, Vernon Chapel; NAACP Youth Recognition Award; Honored by Vernon Chapel AME Senior Choir; Honored by Williams Community School; and, in 1989, received the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Northern High School Alumni Association.

Mrs. Williams’ philosophy is that you can best serve God by serving others.

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The T. Wendell Williams Story (For Students)

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This is a story about a Black pioneer in the city of Flint, Michigan, who shared his well thought-out dreams with his family, friends, community, and country. Dr. Williams, a humanitarian, was extremely sensitive to the needs of children; a man of dignity whose visions were realized.

His contributions as a citizen prompted me to research and share this story with the students enrolled at T. Wendell Williams Community School.

The aspirations and goals Dr. Williams set for himself, at a very early age, will serve to motivate the doubters and dreamers at T. Wendell Williams School.

As the history of this great American is carved, my desire is that each student will develop a sense of pride in their school and their community, while simultaneously learning to become precipitators, motivators, and educators for tomorrow’s endeavors.

-Dorothy Hitss-Robinson, Principal
(December 1988)

The T. Wendell Williams Story

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Wendell Williams, the second of five children, was born on June 29, 1922, in the college town of Due West, South Carolina. Williams, a teacher, were devout Christians who instilled a sense of pride, compassion, honesty, self respect, and love of family in their children. He had three brothers: Asbury T., George and Joseph, and one sister, Helen Blanche.

Due to the Great Depression, there was not a lot of money in their household, yet the environment flourished with ingredients essential to strong character development. The ministry work of his father required moving the family from city to city every few years. T. Wendell, as a result, attended several schools in the State of Michigan.

Childhood and Teenage Years

While living in Battle Creek, Wendell walked ½ mile to school each day and carried a humble lunch of biscuits with peanut butter and bologna. The family was later determined eligible for subsidized meals, and he then received hot lunches at school.

Wendell enjoyed school and was a good student, doing his homework with the encouragement and support of his parents. They stressed the importance of obtaining a good education. All of the Williams children graduated from college. The close relationship Wendell shared with his mother was evident in the caring and sensitive manner in which he interacted with his brothers and sister – encouraging them and being supportive of their endeavors.

Wendell’s hobbies were playing checkers and working with model airplanes. He liked sports too. As a junior in high school in Ypsilanti, Michigan, he was the first Negro to try out and make the swim team. One day while swimming in a lake, Asbury developed leg cramps. Wendell, a strong swimmer, was able to rescue his brother and tow him to safety. Wendell also was active in the Boy Scouts.

A man of vision, Wendell clearly understood the value and importance of the dollar. He possessed the ability to save money even under adverse conditions. Like most children, Wendell found ways to make money to buy some of the things he wanted. He delivered flyers door to door and sold newspapers, earning only ten or fifteen cents for a day of work. Wendell also worked as a carryout clerk for an A & P Grocery Store in Flint, and even as a show shine boy. He later earned a good job by first volunteering his services for 8 hours a day in exchange for an apprenticeship in a clothes pressing plant. Reluctant at first, the owner soon found Wendell to be extremely dependable, and industrious worker, and very proficient at pressing clothes. The owner then offered Wendell employment and he worked and saved money to defray the expenses he would incur in pursuing a higher education.

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