Hamtramck’s Public School District has plenty to celebrate lately.
Recently, the good folks with the Hamtramck Music Fest donated $10,000 worth of musical instruments and audio equipment to Hamtramck High School’s music program.
The HMF is held in March of each year, and the event draws thousands of music lovers. It’s not only a cultural highlight during the year, it’s a worthy cause.
And to top it off, none of the festival organizers are paid for their hard work. Now that is dedication.
This week, the district reported another strong student enrollment — a little over 3,200.
The enrollment count is part of a yearly trend the district has enjoyed for the past several years. That’s due in part to the district’s aggressive campaign to attract students.
Enrolling and retaining students has been a challenge ever since charter schools have opened here and in nearby Detroit.
The enrollment achievement is even more impressive when you consider how charter schools have drained away students who would have normally gone to the public schools.
Charter schools, for the most part, have proven to be failures. Their student performance record has been dismal at best.
With more students enrolled in the district, there will be more state funding coming in. That will allow the district to expand its resources and be able to attract even more students in the coming years.
And this week we also learned that the district’s drinking water in all of its schools is safe to consume. That’s something the Detroit Public Schools can’t brag about.
To all the teachers, employees and administrators in the district … Go Cosmos!
Oct. 12, 2018