The Student Advocacy Center (SAC) of Michigan will be hosting their annual fundraiser event, Telling Tales Out of School, on May 7. The event is set to take place from 6:45 to 9:30pm, and will be a drive-in event.
“We are so looking forward to safely connecting with our community, especially after this long year of isolation,” said Peri Stone-Palmquist, SAC Executive Director, in a press release. “Storytelling is such a powerful way to connect anytime, but this year, I think we are all craving time together. We hope folks will feel safe either listening in their car, just outside their car, or from the comfort of their home.”
The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan believes that education is a human right. They work with more than 500 Michigan students and their families to help kids stay in school, grow, and experience success. This fundraiser is another way to help ensure that children in our community can prosper and make a better tomorrow. With this event, the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan is also working to help connect the community.
The drive-in event will be co-hosted by Anell Eccleston and Prestine Spratt. Eccleston is a former SAC Check and Connect Mentor and Programs Manager. There, he developed a passion for combatting school push-out and ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Spratt is a former SAC student leader who has helped to overturn zero tolerance in Michigan.
The guest host will be a professor of applied drama/theatre and the director of Engage@EMU, Jessica ‘Decky’ Alexander. Alexander has taken part in every Telling Tales event and will invite guests to text to give during the vent to help support SAC.
The event is a way to connect the community. It’s also the safest way to share true personal stories from those who have faced educational challenges. This year, stories featured will include:
- Makayla, a high school student who has faced many challenges throughout the last few years.
- Jonathan Jones, a Detroit-based actor and educator. He will be telling the story of Damarcus, a former SAC client who says SAC saved his life.
- Andrea Balma, whose 8-year-old was expelled from school.
“I believe that events like Telling Tales by the Student Advocacy Center are essential,” said Detroit-based actor and educator, Jonathan Jones, in the press release. “It’s not only important, but imperative to make space available for students to share their thoughts, feels, and experiences, not only as of the voices of the next generation but as voices of relevance for the present.”
The Ann Arbor Derby Dimes Roller Derby League will be bringing Domino’s pizza, Zinegerman’s baked goods, and gourmet popcorn to guests’ cars. There will also be a special performance from Fun Girl Dance Company and School.
Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase here. Prices are $30 per person and $10 for students with a valid IDs. Students twelve and over are welcome to come. Ticket holders will also have access to the livestream of the event.
124 Pearl St., Ste 504, Ypsilanti. 734-482-0489. studentadvocacycenter.org.