Schweitzer Elementary School

2601 Treadwell

Westland, MI 48186

(734) 419-2750

Schweitzer Elementary School

Laura Thatch, Site Coordinator

E-Mail: ThatchL[at]

Phone: (734) 419-2758

Laura is an EMU alumna having graduated in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Integrated Science and Reading. She is in her seventh school year working with Bright Futures as a Site Coordinator, and her eleventh year overall working with the program. Before moving over to the new Schweitzer program, Laura worked with the Adams Upper Elementary program and Adams Lower Elementary program, which serviced the students and families of Elliott and Hamilton Elementary in the Wayne-Westland district.

Laura is excited to continue her work with Bright Futures and began a new adventure working with the students and families of Schweitzer Elementary in 2017.

Her favorite part about working with Bright Futures is the close relationships she has built with students and their families, as well as, watching the students grow and succeed through the years.


Program Description

The Bright Futures program at Schweitzer Elementary is a fun, safe, and engaging place for students in grades two through four and runs Monday through Thursday for 2 ½ hours after school.


Overall goals of the EMU Bright Futures Program include:

• Increase academic achievement

• Increase student learning in non-academic areas

• Increase student knowledge of career options and how to achieve them

• Increase the experience of students transitioning to the next level

• Support Social Emotional Learning

• Increase student self-efficacy through leadership experiences

• Develop grit and a growth mindset through trying new things, perseverance, and the belief that ability and skill are developed through dedication to hard work.


The Schweitzer Bright Futures program consists of homework help, academic enrichment, and clubs.  Students are given the opportunity to complete homework assignments with the help and encouragement of staff members, and volunteers.  Academic activities are offered which complement school day curriculum and use hands-on strategies.

A variety of clubs are offered throughout the year and change every 4 to 6 weeks. Clubs have included, and are not limited to, various types of art, musical instruments, technology, movie making, sports, Lego/building challenge, science exploration, and nutritious cooking. Our students have a strong say in the program offerings as our activities and clubs are based on youth voice and choice.


The Bright Futures program also offers several opportunities for parents and families to participate and engage in activities through family night events, field trip opportunities and involvement in our Parent Advisory Committee.


Our program will also include a six-week summer program that runs Monday through Thursday from mid-June until late July.


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203 Boone Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

lmalinoff [at]

(734) 487-0372

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