Celebrate Tecumseh… get to know the community

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Tecumseh Chamber Executive Director Vicki Philo. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

People who think they know Tecumseh or might like to get to know the community better will have an opportunity to learn more at Celebrate Tecumseh, an event to be held in the Tecumseh High School Gymnasium on Wednesday, April 16, from 5-8 p.m.

Tecumseh High School’s assistant principal, Angel Mensing, has been coordinating the event, which is designed as a showcase for businesses and non-profit organizations to share what they have to offer in the community.

Tecumseh Public Schools (TPS) Superintendent Kelly Coffin said when she was interviewing for her position, she heard comments about a perceived “disconnect” between the school, businesses and community members.

“I heard a lot of things, particularly from people who didn’t have kids in school anymore and might not be aware of what was happening in the schools or be a part of things by working together for our kids,” said Coffin. Soon after, she heard about an activity in a community near Lansing that brought groups together for a showcase event.

“I thought that could be an excellent way to give back to our businesses and nonprofits who do so much for students,” Coffin said. “We have more than 90 vendor booths or tables who have committed to setting up. And everything is free, from food to activities to entertainment.”

Coffin said the event would give TPS student groups an opportunity to perform and entertain those who attend the event. Activities include storytelling in the library, crafts and play opportunities for children. Local businesses and nonprofits have been encouraged to bring in brochures and materials that represent what they do.

“There’s no selling, so there’s no pressure,” said Coffin. “It’s a way for the community to get together and take part in a community-wide event.”

The schools have partnered with the City of Tecumseh, Tecumseh Area Chamber of Commerce and others to host the event. An elevator will be available for those who may have difficulty with stairs and for those with strollers.
For more information, visit www.tps.k12.mi.us.

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