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Flint campus medical students raise $12,500 for Flint teachers and students

Representing MSU College of Human Medicine Flint campus medical students, Pamela Emmanuel presented nearly $12,500 in funds raised from the inaugural Flintstone Challenge to Flint teachers and schools as part of the Flint Classroom Support Fund.

Now in its 30th year, the Flint Classroom Support Fund awards grants for special projects in education and instruction for students of Flint Community Schools. This year, a total of $13,109 was awarded, with $7,483 going to 13 classrooms and $5,626 to four schools.

The Flint Classroom Support Fund got a big financial boost - $12,500 - from the Flintstone Challenge 5K race/walk. The inaugural event held in May was established by fouth-year Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Flint campus medical students who wanted to leave a tangible legacy for the Flint community. This year, the second Flintstone 5K will be held May 4.

"To see it come full circle and the end result is amazing" said Pamela Emmanuel, third-year MSU College of Human Medicine. "To make a difference for these kids -- to get headphones for their computer lab or for a teacher to have the resources to put fun and interesting books in the hands of her students each night -- these are important ways we medical students can give back to the Flint community in a meaningful way."

The December 18 distribution ceremonies began at Holmes STEM Academy where Emmanual, JD Winegarden, president of the Flint Classroom Support Fund, and Bernadean Clothier, executive director of the Flint Classroom Support Fund, presented the school and teacher Jennifer Burke with a $1,700 grant for its "Let's get growing" project.

The project will renovate a greenhouse at Holmes to become a learning center for students to explore life science through hands-on activities. Learning opportunities will include teacher demonstrations in gardening, scientific experiments and student research assignments. The award included the $1,200 school grant plus an additional $500 for receiving the Thomas Landaal Memorial Award for School Excellence, which is given to the school that submitted the most outstanding school grant proposal, as determined by the Flint Classroom Support Readers Committee.

Potter Elementary School teacher Karen Christian was awarded $815 for her project, “Dissections: An adventure into science and science careers.” It includes a $250 grant for the Annette Marchinoski Award that is presented to a creative proposal at the elementary level. Christian will purchase owl pellets and squid dissection kits for fifth graders and frog dissection kits for sixth-grade students.

Pamela Emmanuel

JD Winegarden, president of the Flint Classroom Support Fund looks on as MSU College of Human Medicine student Pamela Emmanuel describes the Flintstone Challenge 5K to ABC 12 News a successful fundraiser that she and her fellow Flint campus classmates organized in May, raising $12,500 to benefit Flint teachers and students.