Toys for Education, Connecting Hemingway to Michigan and More! | Full Megacast, April 19, 2021

Focus Hope CEO, Portia Roberson and other news-makers discuss the latest COVID-19 information and election-related news on this full edition of the Oakland County Megacast!

Nori and Jenna Klar, Owner and Marketing Director for Toyology Toys, joins the show to talk about running their locally-owned toy shop during the pandemic, as well as helping parents, teachers and kids engage with toys during a year of consistent virtual learning and interaction.

Portia Roberson, CEO of Focus Hope, discusses providing necessities to kids and families across Detroit and the metropolitan area during the pandemic, as well as how she and her organization have channeled its history and current events to inform them and other in the community of the ways that our society needs to continue to make progress.

Cathy Russ, Director of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, talks about continuing regular library services safely during the pandemic, as well as balancing plans for the future based on current COVID-19 metrics and projections as hallmark programs such as their summer reading program approach.

Jennifer Tianen, English Teacher and Literary Garden Sponsor at West Bloomfield High School and Secretary of the Michigan Hemingway Society, talks about teaching the working of Ernest Hemingway to her students during the pandemic and tying his stories to elements of nature that are nurtured in West Bloomfield High School’s Literary Garden.

Glen and Avery Schwartz, as well as Nikki O’Donnell from Viewpoint Psychology & Wellness and Viewspire, talk about their new program providing mental health resources to the community, as well as their “Hug Buddy” program that sends postcard hugs to loved ones and strangers during these difficult times.

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