SPEAKS Fest was a SUCCESS!!!

On June 14th, SPEAKS Education, in collaboration with Pickford Township, held its first annual Summer fundraiser. Starting at 10 am, doors opened to the public with our crafters and vendors. We had almost 30 different participants, offering everything from purses and jewelry to home baked goods. We even had Tapawingo Farms attend and provide a petting zoo!! From 10 am to 1 pm, we had our motorcycle show. Once that was over, we sent our bikers off on a motorcycle run. This started in Pickford, and went as far as the Tahquahmenon Falls, and returned. There were cash prizes and medals to the winners. Once the riders returned, we then had our band BANNED play.

This was our first year having a fundraiser of this scale. And even though we didn’t have as many riders for our run, or bikes for our show, we were extremely happy with the support of the community, the hard work from our volunteers, and the collaboration of the Pickford Community. We are very excited to do it again next year, and have it continue to grow. Here is the link to read the local newspaper, Soo Evening News’ coverage of the event. http://www.sooeveningnews.com/article/20140616/NEWS/140619258



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We Have Moved!

As of Friday, November 1st, SPEAKS Education is in a new location- Our new address is 125 Arlington St, Sault Sainte Marie Mi, 49783. ALL of our contact information has stayed the same, including our emails, phone and fax. Thank you to everyone who has helped with the move process, and all of our colleagues, collaborators and clients for their patience.


August 21, 2013

Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying

As Secretary Duncan has noted, the Department of Education is committed to making sure that all of our young people grow up free of fear, violence, and bullying. Bullying not only threatens a student’s physical and emotional safety at school, but fosters a climate of fear and disrespect, creating conditions that negatively impact learning—undermining students’ ability to achieve to their full potential. Unfortunately, we know that children with disabilities are disproportionately affected by bullying. Click here to keep reading– Keeping Students With Disabilities Safe

Letter from Pres. Obama

The White House, Washington


Hello, everybody –

Michelle and I know exactly how tough it can be to pay for higher education. By the time we finished paying back the loans we took out to go to college and grad school, I was on my way to being a U.S. Senator.

I believe that anyone who works hard should have the same opportunities that our educations gave us. That’s why, as President, I’ve made it a personal mission to make higher education more affordable — and why I’m going to be visiting school campuses later this week.

Learn more about why this is the time to take action.

The facts are clear. Over the past three decades, the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled. At the same time, many state governments are actually reducing their support for education, and many middle-class students are getting stuck with the tab. Today, the average student taking out loans to pay for education graduates with more than $26,000 in debt.

Just tinkering around the edges won’t be enough: To create a better bargain for the middle class, we have to fundamentally rethink about how higher education is paid for in this country. We’ve got to shake up the current system.

That’s why, starting Thursday, I will be embarking on a bus tour to offer my plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. My plan includes real reforms that would bring lasting change. They won’t all be popular with everyone –including some who’ve made higher education their business — but it’s past time that more of our colleges work better for the students they exist to serve.

Over the past four and a half years, we’ve worked to put college in reach for more students and their families through tax credits, improving access to financial aid, and new options that make it easier to repay those loans.

But if we’re going to keep the doors of higher education open to everyone who works for it, we need to do more — much more. And that’s exactly what I’m going to be talking about this week.

So learn more here, then help to spread the word:



President Barack Obama


August 12, 2013

SPEAKS Education is pushing the sky to its limits with their upcoming fundraising events. Starting in June, SPEAKS has begun doing monthly events at a local Tractor Supply Co., having a bake sale, and summer cookouts with hot dogs, and chips and pop. With these small events, SPEAKS has managed to raise over 600$ thus far.

Future Fundraising dates are as follows-

September 14th, 2013 @ Tractor Supply Plus, SSM 10am-3pm

November 2nd, 2013 @ Tractor Supply Plus, SSM 10am-3pm