Saginaw, Michigan is a great place to live. A place full of history and opportunity. A place of diversity and change...a place filled with America's greatest hope for a bright future--the children of our community.
But Saginaw also faces the challenges that confront many places nowadays. It faces the challenges of violence, poverty,apathy, and job losses within its multi-ethnic demographics. Finding solutions to these complicated problems takes courage, cooperation, and ingenuity.
When Saginaw County received federal funding through the Saginaw Intermediate School District to implement systematic character education, 13 different school districts participated in its implementation. These districts reflect very diverse demographics, from inner city African Americans and Hispanics to white collar suburban families, as well as a growing Arab-American population.
As participants in the grant process for four years, we were able to acquire plenty of feedback from parents and teachers alike. We would like to share them here, however, their names are withheld to protect the confidentiality of the research data.