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First Steps to Confidence—Susanna Brown Brings Focused Energy to Ann Arbor’s Youngest Citizens

Behind the voice is teacher Susanna Brown, who brings to the class a focused energy, her genuine love of children and a sincere belief in the mission of Ann Arbor’s First Steps program. The program gives parents and caregivers the support and encouragement they need in helping their children develop and grow in their first years of life. The 30-plus First Steps classes offered year-round through the Rec and Ed division of Ann Arbor Public Schools give children ages 0 to 5 a place to learn alongside a caring adult.

The Fuller Cut Barbershop Literacy Program: A Lesson in Community Education

The Fuller Cut Barbershop is deep local. This section of Ecorse Street in Ypsilanti doesn’t have a sign, so if you could miss it. But lack of signage doesn’t impact this thriving family-owned business. The waiting room is full of customers, many of them black boys, patiently awaiting their frohawks and high skin fades with curly tops. Reading is a trend among this clientele, thanks to Alex Fuller.

An interview with Ypsilanti author Amy Shrodes

Amy Shrodes, an Ypsilanti resident, is the co-author of the children’s book, Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey. The book tells the true story of one cat’s journey to be reunited with his war-torn family. Shrodes played an integral part in the reunion of a cat, Kunkush, and his refugee