McCartney Hamann joined Reach Out! as a freshman in the fall of
1996, and took on progressively greater responsibilities every year.
After graduating with an engineering BS in spring
2000, she was hired as Ann Arbor Programs Coordinator by the K-12
Education Outreach program of the Center for Ultrafast Optical
Science (CUOS), the sponsor for Reach Out!|
While an undergraduate, she first coordinated a science club at Peace Neighborhood Center, then organized science in area parks for the Peace summer program, using Reach out! volunteers and visiting students in the CUOS Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.
|Debbie recruiting at
FestiFall on the Diag
|Peace Summer Science in the Park, organized by Deb with Reach Out! & REU volunteers|
1998-99 school year, Deb organized an expansion of Reach Out!
science clubs into Ann Arbor subsidized housing sites. This was an
effort to coordinate with the Serendipity Reading Clubs at those
sites, so that the same children could be served in more than one way.
||Then, she and
Reach Out! colleague Aarti Raheja conceived
the idea of a summer day camp for some of these children. They did all
the planning, fundraising, and implementation of Camp Discovery, which was
repeated in summer
2000 and is planned for 2001.
||Camp Discovery 2000
group at the Wave Field
|In true learning community fashion, Deb has called on friends and relatives when help was needed. Her fiancé/husband, his friends from the UM Marching Band, her parents, her two sisters, and her brother-in-law have all volunteered repeatedly. The last three are in the photos above, teaching campers how to swing dance. Others have come through with donations to fund Reach Out! efforts. Debra's family embodies the importance of relationships in outreach.|
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