Mt. Pleasant Middle School Uses Grant Money to Develop a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools received a grant of $156,372 from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. They plan on putting $82,000 towards a diversity, equity, and inclusion program at the middle school.

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe awards two grants per year to local school districts and municipalities. The money comes from the tribe’s revenue at the Soaring Eagle Casino. Mt. Pleasant has been applying for a grant for many years now and is excited and appreciative of the support from the tribe.

“Our ultimate goal is making Mt. Pleasant, all of our schools, but especially Mt. Pleasant Middle School, a very inclusive school.” Says Superintendent Jennifer Verleger.

The program is going to focus on students and staff. It will provide curriculum training and development decisions to make the school a more inclusive environment.

They are also planning on creating a diversity, equity and inclusion task force that is district wide. Verleger believes both groups will be able to work together to make the district more inclusive for years to come.

They are accepting applications for the task force as well. They are looking for Mt. Pleasant residents, parents, district employees, and other people with a wide variety of different backgrounds an experiences. There is an application and additional information on their website.

“We really want our schools to be a place where every student feels safe and belongs.” Verleger says.