Taft-Galloway Elementary

Mandy Dunlop
Site Coordinator


4035 Gloria St
Wayne, MI 48184

Mandy is excited to join the EMU Bright Futures family!  After graduating from the University of Colorado, Mandy moved to China and taught English abroad for a year and then spent several months traveling.  When she returned to the US, Mandy obtained her dream job at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago coordinating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and events for youth and families.   After 7 years at the Museum, Mandy and her husband moved to Michigan.  Mandy‚Äôs passion is helping young people thrive and she is thrilled to be working with the students and families at Taft-Galloway!  In her spare time, she likes to hang out and explore the outdoors with her two golden retrievers, Sadie and Ranger.

Program Description

The Bright Futures program at Taft-Galloway is a fun, safe, and engaging place for students in grades two through five.  Bright Futures meets Monday through Thursday for 2.5 hours after school.

Bright Futures consists of homework time, academic enrichment, and clubs.  During homework time students are given the opportunity to complete homework assignments with the help and encouragement of volunteers and staff members.  Academic activities are offered which complement school day curriculum and use hands-on strategies.  Students choose from a variety of clubs throughout the year.  In the past clubs have included various types of art, music, technology, newspaper, sports & recreation, STEM, CSI, cooking, and culture.  Leadership clubs as well as social emotional learning are also a big focus of Bright Futures.  Clubs change every 4-6 weeks and we are always looking for new and exciting opportunities to bring to our students.

Bright Futures offers several opportunities throughout the year for families to participate and engage in activities. Our six-week summer program runs Monday through Thursday from mid-June until late July.