Thursday, September 10, 2020

Special guest

Congresswoman visits area middle school

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, center, visited McBride
Middle School in Belleville last week and spoke with
Principal John Leroy and Assistant Principal
Laura Maher while maintaining social distancing protocols.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) drew attention to challenges faced by educators, students, families, and school districts as the return to learning begins during a visit to McBride Middle School in Belleville last week. Dingell highlighted both providing schools the resources they need to bring students back into the classroom safely and averting deep cuts to public education through state and local funding relief.

She saw preparations and distributions of meals and school supplies including Chromebooks for students to stay connected virtually.

Dingell heard from teachers and school officials that are concerned about student's not having access to the internet, ensuring proper nutrition, and students keeping up with their school work at home.

 “Each year, a new school year brings nerves, excitement, and challenges. COVID heightens those emotions for educators, students, and families,” said Dingell. “Across Southeast Michigan, school districts are going above and beyond to ensure their students have the keys to success this school year. The need is significant, Dearborn Schools provides 70,000 meals a week to young people. This is important. It was great to see the community come together to distribute food, technology, and even school shirts to keep up spirit. But what our school districts need most is funding relief to avert deep cuts to public education and teacher layoffs.”