Making Children Matter

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC's Student Government Association will host "Making Children Matter" a fund raiser and awareness builder for SGA child care scholarships, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Dennos Museum Center.

The average age of an NMC student is 26, and many have children. The SGA Child Care Scholarship is designed to help defray the cost of child care while a student attends class.

The evening begins with appetizers and dessert, silent auction bidding and child care advocacy information in the Dennos Museum sculpture court. Speakers will begin at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is René Beyette, clinical therapist and early childhood specialist for the Pine Rest Traverse City clinic. An early childhood advocate in the region for 25 years, her specialties include children and trauma, postpartum depression, drug and alcohol addiction and infant mental health.

Other speakers include SGA president Ryan Byers, a father of two, and NMC alumna Pecol Davis-Green, a mother of one, who recently earned her master's degree. Both will discuss the importance of child care in achieving their educational goals.

Auction items include salon services, food and drink from Grand Traverse Pie Company, Pangea's, the Beverage Company, and more; jewelry and yoga classes.

Admission is free.

Release date: February 28, 2014

For more information:

Lisa Thomas
Director, NMC Student Life
(231) 995-1118


Ryan Byers
President, Student Government Association
(231) 620-0553