Holmes Elementary School
Kelly Riffer, Site Coordinator
I hail from California, having moved to Michigan in the summer of 2013. This will be my second year as Site Coordinator at Holmes -- Go Grizzlies! I spent the 2013-2014 school year working with Bright Futures at Wayne Memorial High School as Assistant Site Coordinator and as a ScienceWorks and Outreach Instructor at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. I am a California and Michigan certified science teacher, and spent two years teaching 7th grade science in Oakland, CA before I made the move to Michigan. In 2011, I graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, which somewhat prepared me for Michigan’s winter weather. I was a Biology major with minors in Art and Environmental Studies and I LOVE working with youth both in school settings and in the outdoors! In my free time you can usually find me playing with my cats (Merlin and River), running and hiking, or cooking with my boyfriend, Peter.
Ayinde Zurl, Assistant Site Coordinator
I am a native of Detroit, MI where I got my start in the non-profit world with organizations such as Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion (formerly NCCJ) and Detroit Summer. For the past 5 years I've been involved with SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti, MI and its many youth devolpment programs. I am a local musician and Little Leauge Baseball coach residing in Redford, MI. On a typical day, you can catch me practicing Kung-Fu, taking swings at the batting cage or playing jazz piano.
The Holmes Elementary School Bright Futures program is a safe, creative, and engaging after school program that serves second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Bright Futures offers homework help, recreational club time, and academic enrichment activities, tailored to meet the specific needs of its participants and community.
In Bright Futures we know how important academic achievement is and we teach our students to prioritize homework, for which we provide support daily. But we also encourage our kids to explore their interests by joining clubs.
At Holmes we offer a wide variety of activities and clubs designed to encourage students to try new things and gain experience in a safe and fun environment. We are excited to offer clubs including arts & crafts, sports & games, Lego building with Bricks 4 Kidz, mad science, leadership, cooking, Crosstown Theatre, and film making – just to name a few! All of the clubs combine fun with academic enrichment. We encourage respect and responsibility within our community while growing together through emotional, academic, and social development. Bright Futures also understands the significance of involving families and school staff in our program, which is why we host family events every few months to celebrate and enjoy the community that we have built together.
Bright Futures at Holmes runs Monday through Thursday from 3:20 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. during the school year. Our 4-week summer program runs Monday through Thursday during July.