Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sewing Success and Believe 2 Become

As you may have heard, the sewing class at the Cook Arts Center has become quite popular. So popular, in fact, that it is now being held twice a week! Every Monday and Thursday night, Ms. Erica Millbrooks has been showing students how to use the sewing machines to create bags and pin cushions. She has also been working to show them some new and simple knotting techniques for making simple, yet fantastic, scarves.

Over at the Cook Library Center we held another successful Career Day. Ana Doonan, a Venezuelan native, shared stories of growing up with 7 sisters and talked about the struggles that students sometimes face when trying to reach goals in school and in life. Ana is part of the new initiative called "Believe 2 Become" - an initiative that is determined to help Grand Rapids students succeed in their education. The program focuses on one Grand Rapids neighborhood at a time; representatives coordinate community planning meetings and help residents and students become familiar with existing neighborhood resources. For more information about the Believe 2 Become initiative, visit

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