Schweitzer Elementary

Laura Thatch
Site Coordinator

2601 Treadwell
Westland, MI 48186

Laura is the Site Coordinator at Schweitzer Elementary.  She is a certified teacher graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from EMU in 2007.  Laura has been working with the EMU Bright Futures program in different capacities since it began in 2007 and as a Site Coordinator since 2011.  Through the years, Laura has enjoyed building close relationships with the families and students of each site she has been a part of. Being able to watch her students grow, succeed and discover new interests is her favorite part her job. In her spare time, Laura loves spending time with her family and friends, especially summer camping with her husband and two kids!

Program Description

The Bright Futures program at Schweitzer Elementary is a fun, safe, and engaging place for students in grades 2 through 5 and runs Monday through Thursday for 2 ½ hours after school.The program consists of homework help, academic enrichment, community building 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 8 weeks. Clubs have included, and are not limited to, various types of art, musical explorations, fitness/dance, technology, drama, 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.

A sample schedule of typical Schweitzer Bright Futures day…

3:20-3:40= Super Snack

3:40-4:00= Community Building Activity

4:00-5:00= Clubs

5:00-5:10= Daily Meeting & Reflection

5:10-5:50= HW Help/Academic Enrichment Centers

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 BF Parent Advisory Committee.