On October 27th, Freeman’s Community Education team in partnership with the Howard Estates Tenant Council took over Howard Estate’s main parking lot to host a Trunk or Treat for families. Partners supporting the event included: The Child Care Network, The National Service Accelerator out of the United Way of Genesee County, the FoodBank of Eastern Michigan, FoodCorps, and Genesee Health Plan. Sixty-six families from Howard Estates came out to participate, even with chilly and rainy weather. Community Education has offices and teams in 12 Flint Area Schools. The Flint CEI realizes that many families of students still do not participate in Community Education resources, the Freeman Community Education team is working to bridge this gap through efforts like the Trunk or Treat which connect residents with CEI partners. The team is hoping to learn more about what Howard Residents are looking for in activities for their students and educational opportunities for adults.
The Freeman Community Education team plans to use insights gained from the Trunk-or-Treat to host “pop-up” Community Education activities at Howard this winter and spring. The team hopes that hosting these activities will deepen the connection between residents of Howard Estates and Freeman Elementary School.