David Hicks Elementary School 100 Helen

Inkster, MI 48141

(734) 419-2660

Hicks Lower Elementary School

Kate Gale, Site Coordinator

E-Mail: galek[at]wwcsd.net

Phone: (313) 510-2182

Kate Gale is the Site Coordinator at Hicks Elementary. Kate has been working with the EMU Bright Futures program since 2009 and led the implementation of EMUBF at Hicks in the fall of 2012. She is a certified teacher from Central Michigan University in Elementary Education, and is currently in the process of earning her Masters in Reading from Eastern Michigan University. Kate credits her experiences and growth, with the EMU Bright Futures program, as helping to shape her into the educator she is today. She is passionate about connecting with students and families through education, engaging student voices, and helping students discover learning in fun and unique ways.

Program Description

EMU Bright Futures at Hicks Elementary serves second, third, and fourth grade students. We have a highly structured program with foundations of academic support and student interest-based clubs with daily focuses on being active, creative, and STEAM learning. Club offerings could include Crafty Kids, App Masters, Fitness Fun, Mindful Yoga, Travel Club, and many more! As a staff, we strive to support our students’ continual growth in social and emotional learning, self-development and agency, student voice, and provide the discovery of new academic experiences while cultivating a mutually respectful community for all students and families in our program. We at EMUBF Hicks recognize the importance of strong relationship between the family and program. We actively encourage families to volunteer their time and skills with our students at program, and we meet quarterly for Family Meetings to engage parent and family feedback about program happenings. Here at EMUBF Hicks, we are incredibly lucky to have such a high parent and family participation in our program.


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203 Boone Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

lmalinoff [at] emich.edu

(734) 487-0372

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