Flint-area school employees celebrate dawn of new school year

Nearly 100 MEA members and their families gathered at the Flint MEA office Aug. 27 to celebrate the start of a new school year and network with one another — as well as to learn more about the services offered by their local, state and national associations.

Attendees visited informational booths from MEA, MESSA, MEA Financial Services, Citizens Against Government Overreach, and others. Also on hand was author Kelly Flynn, a former Flint high school teacher and newspaper columnist, who autographed copies of her book “The Teachers’ Lounge (Uncensored).”

Along the way, teachers and education support professionals learned about the many advantages MEA membership provides for their careers, for their rights, for their wallets and for public education.

Jen Davis, a fifth-grade teacher in Carman Ainsworth Community Schools, said events like the one at the Flint MEA office provide local school employees with a sense of community.

“I’m proud to be a member of the Carman Ainsworth Education Association,” Davis said. “Our local union staff goes out of their way to bring all of the buildings together and keep us informed.”

Davis said she’s looking forward to the new school year, and all the challenges that come with it.

“I always look forward to the new curriculums they give us and implementing them and moving our students forward,” Davis said. “We have such a diverse group of students, and there’s always new and fun ways to bring them together.”