DeVos Learning Center

2016-2017 School Programs

Our outreach programs bring the learning experience right to your classroom or school auditorium.
To schedule, contact Clare Shubert: 616.254.0409 or cshubert@38foundation.org.

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Our Hometown Hero: President Ford

Grade Level: Pre-K-2

Program length: 45 minutes

Our outreach programs bring the learning experience to you. One of our educators will provide the resources and teach the lesson right in your classroom. In this lesson, students will get to know President Gerald R. Ford through photographs, storytelling, and replicated artifacts. Students will engage in a compare/contrast exercise to find things they have in common with our former President and hometown hero. This program is great for Veterans’ Day, Presidents’ Day, or a local history unit!

Standards Addressed:

  • K-H2.0.4 – Describe ways people learn about the past
  • 2-H2.0.3 – Use an example to describe the role of the individual in creating history
  • 1-H2.0.6 – Compare life today with life in the past
  • 1-C5.0.2 – Identify situations in which people act as good citizens in the school community
  • 2-C5.0.2 – Distinguish between personal and civic responsibilities and explain why they are important in community life
Ford and Willis Ward

Black and Blue – The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game

Grade Level: 6-12

Program Length: 1 hour

One of our educators will bring the story of President Ford and Willis Ward to life right in your classroom or school auditorium. Participants will view portions of the documentary, Black and Blue: the Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game. Through interviews, letters, and archival photos and video, the documentary tells the long-forgotten story of the 1934 game between The University of Michigan and Georgia Tech, in which the Yellow Jackets agreed to play the Wolverines on one condition- Michigan had to sit out the lone African-American player on the team, a talented athlete from Detroit, Willis Ward. Ward’s teammates were outraged, and none more than his friend and roommate, the future 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford. The film follows the events of the game and the effects of the incident on both Ford and Ward. This outreach program uses the film as a springboard for conversation about the progress of the civil rights movement as well as the responsibility we all have to respond to injustice.