This project will fulfill an internship requirement. But more than
checking a box for degree progress, Eimers said she planned Diversity
and Inclusion Week to expose the elementary students to cultures other
than their own and "bring them outside their comfort zone a
bit." Old Mission Peninsula School is a charter school authorized
by Grand Valley.
"I would like our students to learn about populations other than
their own and understand that being kind and inclusive is free, and
it's so easy to do," Eimers said.
Activities and events included a pen-pal program with an area nursing
home; presentations by Disability Network, Native American and Latino
groups; and global foods in the lunchroom. Eimers said feedback from
parents and students was very positive and plans are underway to host
a month's worth of diversity and inclusion activities next year.
Eimers earned an associate degree in applied science from
Northwestern Michigan College. The LEADS program, she said, fits her
schedule and the online, six-week classes move her toward a degree faster.
"This program seems like it was made for me. I took what I
learned from my classes and applied it to pull together this
project," she said. "I want to get my bachelor's degree for
my son, so he will understand the importance of learning."