Hicks Lower Elementary School
Kate Gale, Site Coordinator
My name is Kate Gale and I am the Site Coordinator at Hicks Elementary. I have been working with the Bright Futures program since 2009, and have been in the David Hicks community for 3 years now! I am a certified teacher and graduated from Central Michigan University in 2007, majoring in Elementary Education with Child Development and minoring in Reading and Integrated Science. My experience with the Bright Futures program has been truly amazing and has fueled my passion for out-of-school time programming, connecting with students, their families, and school staff. Please feel free to contact me with questions and comments…Fire Up Hicks!
Taylor Davis, Assistant Site Coordinator
Hi all! I am currently spending my fifth year with Bright Futures, and my fourth year as an Assistant Site Coordinator. I have spent time at Stevenson Middle School and John Glenn High School. I am beyond exited to join the David Hicks Bright Futures Team! My time at Bright Futures has been an eye opener. I am able to give back, give and gain knowledge, and spend time with some amazing students. I am majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women & Gender Studies at University of Michigan-Dearborn. I love sports, music, film, television and writing. When I’m not at program, you can find me at Starbucks doing homework; at home cuddling with my kitten, Jetson, watching Netflix or hanging out with my friends.
The EMU Bright Futures program is an engaging and exciting after-school program available at Hicks Elementary. This program serves second, third, and fourth grade students and provides a safe, enjoyable, and community atmosphere. We offer homework help, recreational club time, and academic enrichment activities that are combined with a youth-voice environment.
Each week, students choose a theme based on their interests for their academic enrichment time that combines activities in reading, math, writing, and other academic areas. In addition, there are a wide variety of activities provided to encourage students to try new things and gain new experiences in a supportive way. At Hicks Elementary, we have had a large assortment of clubs for students, including iPad art, sports and games, tech madness, mad science, yoga, photography, karate, felting, and sign language – just to name a few! We promote the importance of being responsible and respectful to each other and ourselves, while growing together in emotional, academic, and social development. Bright Futures also understands the significance of involving families and school staff in our program, which is why we have family events every few months to celebrate the support and community that we have built together. Our program runs Monday through Thursday from 3:50 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. during the school year. Our six-week summer program runs Monday through Thursday from mid-June until late July, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.