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Charter offers free internet access for 60 days to new K-12 and college student households


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 3, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, those adhering to the stay home order are relying on internet more than ever to work, continue schooling, and for general entertainment.

Charter says the company will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

The offer is for any service level up to 100 Mbps and installation fees will be waived for new student households.

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.

Additionally, Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees, according to the company.

As the country works collaboratively to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends.

Charter’s says their advanced communications network ensures more than 29 million customers–including government offices, first responders, health care facilities, and businesses–maintain the connectivity they rely on.

The company says their network is built to sustain maximum capacity during peak usage which is typically in the evenings, so a surge during the day would be well within the network’s capabilities to manage.

Charter says it will continue to closely monitor the situation and is well-prepared to continue delivering reliable connectivity.

Charter added that they have extensive business and workforce continuity plans in place that will be adjusted as needed to best serve all our customers and employees.


 

Metroparks offering free admission on certain days through April 2

A park visitor walks a trail at Lower Huron Metropark. (Huron Hub file photo)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are promoting social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis by offering free admission to all parks on certain days through April 2.

Admission to the Metroparks is free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

“If you’re looking for things you and your family can do over the next few weeks, your Metroparks have some options for you to consider. Across the 13 Metroparks properties, you can walk, bike or hike a variety of trails, paddle our rivers or just sit back and enjoy the nature around you as spring returns to Southeast Michigan,” the parks said in a statement.

Currently, all parks programming is canceled and the interpretive centers are temporarily closed.

Ideas for your park visit

The Metroparks said they are adding a page to their website where anyone can find resources to use while practicing social distancing and visiting the parks.

“Over the next few days, we’ll be adding downloadable scavenger hunts that can be completed either from your car or from a trail,” the parks said.

For parents looking to keep young minds engaged, the parks are launching a new video series featuring their interpretive staff sharing stories covering things Metroparks-related, including science, art, nature, and history.

Visit metroparks.com/virtual for more information.


 

Learning resources to be sent to students in the district


Posted by The Huron Hub, Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Huron School District released a letter Monday laying out the district’s plans for student learning during the mandatory state-wide school closure.

“Our teachers are preparing a list of resources and enrichment opportunities that will help support students as they attempt to stay engaged and maintain skills during this time. You should receive communication from your student’s classroom teacher(s) by the end of the day March 17 with information regarding these resources and enrichment opportunities,” said Superintendent Donovan Rowe.

Elementary schools are opening their buildings in order to provide parents with an opportunity to pick up classroom materials and items from their student’s locker.

In order to limit the amount of people in the buildings, the district is asking that only one adult from each family come to the school.

Times are posted for parents to arrive based on their student’s grade levels.

Parents with students in multiple grade levels are asked to choose one of the windows to pick up all necessary items for your children.

The schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten through Grade 2:

9:00 – 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Grade 3 through Grade 5:

1:00 – 3:00 PM, Tuesday, March 17 & Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Please view the entire letter for full information. Click here to view the entire letter from the district.


 

Huron Schools to provide free meals to all students in the district through April 3


Posted by Huron Hub staff on Monday, March 16, 2020 -- 9:30 AM EST

The Huron School District announced their food service plan for students in the district during the mandatory school closure in Michigan.

Here is a letter explaining the program from Superintendent Donovan Rowe:

Dear Huron Families,

Starting on Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, April 3, the Huron School District will provide food service meals (breakfast and lunch) to ALL students in the District, 18 years of age and under, special education students 26 years and under, FREE of charge and regardless of students’ Free & Reduced Meal Status.

The Huron School District will be distributing meals from the High School Circle Drive via drive-thru pick-up service. One person may pick up meals for multiple students, and pick up is available two days per week using the following schedule.

Huron High School Site Pick-up:

    • Tuesdays and Fridays: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Huron High School Circle Driveway

A week’s worth of USDA reimbursable meals will be available for each child, each week. There is no requirement to “sign-up” or “register” for any program in order to be eligible for free student meals. This is our school district’s first attempt of a meal delivery system at this scale. Every attempt will be made to feed ALL students who need a meal in our community. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this process.

If you have questions pertaining to the Huron School District Food Service Meal Program, please call our Central Office line at 734-782-2441 or visit our website at huronschools.org.


Superintendent says he will monitor coronavirus situation, classes will continue as normal

Huron Schools


Posted Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Huron School District Superintendent Donovan Rowe posted an update Wednesday evening saying classes at this point will continue as normal in Huron Schools, and that the district will continue to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. He noted that the district has also increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts in buildings and buses.

Here is the letter sent out to the community:

Attention Huron Families,

As you have probably heard, two (2) cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the State of Michigan.

As a preventative measure, Governor Whitmer has also declared a “state of emergency.” This declaration includes the release of “Community Mitigation Strategies,” coming from the Governor’s office. In relation to this, the Governor has issued the following statement.

“Community mitigation strategies are designed to be implemented at the individual,
organizational, and community levels. They apply to businesses, workplaces, schools, community organizations, health care institutions, and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and health profiles; everyone has an important role to play. These strategies provide essential protections to individuals at risk of severe illness and to health care and other critical infrastructure workforces.”

“’Michiganders have been preparing for COVID-19 for weeks, including by taking basic
measures such as washing their hands often, covering their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when they are sick,’ said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical
executive and chief deputy for health. ‘However, Michigan must take further action to avoid a
rapid increase of cases in the state. Community mitigation strategies are crucial to slowing the
transmission of the virus in Michigan, particularly before a vaccine or treatment becomes
available.’”

In addition, I met today with representatives from the Wayne County Department of Health, Wayne County RESA, and Wayne County Superintendents. The Health Department made it clear that, at this time, they are NOT recommending the closure of schools, nor the cancelation of school events. Although this situation continues to change rapidly, Health Department officials are continuing to monitor the situation and to work closely with the CDC.

Obviously, these announcements have raised many questions within our community related to how this may impact our schools.

The Huron School District is continuing to follow the recommendations and guidelines issued by the CDC and the Wayne County Department of Health. In addition, we will continue to monitor the “State of Emergency” and “Community Mitigation Strategies” issued by the Governor.

The Huron School District has also increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts within the district classrooms and school buses. As always, student safety is our primary concern. I thank you for your support of our school district, especially during this time. As the situation changes, we will continue to provide you with information and updates.


Related: Coronavirus confirmed in Michigan; Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency


 

Huron Township listed as the 22 safest city in Michigan, according to alarms.org


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published Friday, March 6, 2020

Huron Township was listed recently as the 22 safest city in Michigan, according to alarms.org, the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

The website releases statistics about Michigan cities annually, allowing a year-by-year comparison of crimes in the community.

To identify the safest cities, the website says they reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics.

The list cited 34 violent crimes and 120 property crimes in Huron Township during the year that the data was recorded.

Those crime numbers are down from previous years’ records.

“These rankings are a great barometer of progress for not only our department, but for our community. Our first responders do a fantastic job of putting the safety of our residents above all else. Over the past several years, we have placed a huge emphasis on being highly visible throughout the community and using every resource we have available to hold those that break the law in Huron Township accountable. By continuing to work with our community
stakeholders, we expect to work our way up even higher in the rankings and focus on the quality of life issues that affect our residents,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Last year, Huron was 31 on the same list, and has never made the top 25 until this year.

Other Wayne County communities made the list, most notably Grosse Ile Township, which topped the list coming in at number one.

Trenton was also a top city for being safe, coming in at number 10.

Alarms.org says Michigan is at a unique crossroads when it comes to crime.

The website says the state has one of the top 15 highest violent crime rates in the U.S., yet its property crime rate is well below the national level.

Meanwhile, the state is home to some of the highest crime areas in the country, such as Flint and parts of Detroit, but also has numerous communities where crime is exceedingly scarce.

See a full list of Michigan’s safety’s cities, along with the crime statistics, by visiting this link.


 

Everyday leaders: Brown Elementary students, staff give back to community

Students and staff at Brown Elementary in New Boston came together recently and gave back to the community by collecting donations as part of a school-wide program called Leader In Me. (Photos courtesy of Cynthia Wyszynski)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published Feb. 28, 2020

Brown Elementary students proved recently that today’s youth can be leaders and make an impact in their community.

Students and staff at the school in New Boston gave back to the community by collecting donations as part of a school-wide program called “Leader In Me.”

On Feb. 7, the students presented the donations to several different groups and organizations during a special school event.

During the event, representatives from each grade presented the collections and cash donations to each group.

  • Kindergarten collected money for the Huron Fire Department
  • First grade collected personal hygiene items for the Salvation Army
  • Second grade collected $574.00 in coins for the Huron Rotary
  • Third grade collected items and $125.00 for the Brownstown Animal Shelter
  • Fourth grade collected food for the Open Arms food Pantry.
  • Fifth Grade made ‘blessing bags’ to be passed out in Detroit to the homeless by the Big Heart Movement.

Leader in Me is a school leadership development program for both students and staff members.

The program integrates leadership principles into the school culture, which in return helps build important skills such as self-confidence, accountability, empathy, and academic achievement.

Learn more about the Leader in Me school program by visiting leaderinme.org

 


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