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Cast of Daycroft’s Spring Play Sings at American Red Cross Fundraiser

Ann Arbor, MI (May 14, 2009) – This morning at the American Red Cross “We’ll Be There” fundraising breakfast in Ann Arbor, cast members from the Daycroft Montessori School Spring Play performance of Fiddler on the Roof helped provide musical entertainment for the event.

Approximately 30 Daycroft students from grades 3-6 joined Rich Coleman, Public Safety Community Coordinator for the Pittsfield Township Fire Department, in opening the program with the song “CommUnity,” Coleman’s own composition. The Daycroft students and Coleman later closed the breakfast by singing “You Raise Me Up.”

Daycroft’s music teacher, Cheryl Theis, helped coordinate the students’ singing performance with Coleman.

The Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross ( holds the annual “We’ll Be There” fundraising breakfast each spring. This year’s event happened May 14, 2009 from 8:00 to 9:00 am at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel at 3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

The breakfast was free to attendees. They learned how the American Red Cross saves lives in Washtenaw County and throughout the country.

Table captains – one of whom was Diane Mukkala, Daycroft’s head of school – encouraged attendees to donate to the American Red Cross. All contributions will support the Washtenaw County Chapter’s programs for preparing for and responding to local disasters, and educating the area’s school children in First Aid.

About Rich Coleman

Rich Coleman has been called “one of the most creative and innovative public safety professionals in the United States” by the RARE Foundation (, an organization dedicated to providing leadership for youth in Michigan.

Recently recognized as an “Everyday Hero” by the foundation, Coleman has made it a priority to address at-risk youth issues in practically everything he does. From parent and teen awareness presentations on such issues as violence and safety, to playing a leading role in the Washtenaw County Community Partnership Program, Coleman has devoted thousands of hours of volunteer time to positively impact the quality of life for the residents of our community.

Coleman also promotes his positive messages through his musical talents. Since 1991, Coleman and his band, The Washtenaw Knights (, have advanced an evolving concept called “prevention entertainment,” writing and performing music that communicates hope for at-risk youth.

The Washtenaw Knights perform at schools throughout Michigan. One Coleman-composed song, “Youth to Youth I’m Drug Free,” won a special award for the band from Billboard magazine.

About Daycroft Montessori School

Daycroft Montessori School is one of Washtenaw County’s leading independent schools. It began as a preschool program in 1968. Since then, Daycroft has grown to include a full-day kindergarten program, an elementary school program through 6th grade, before-school and after-school care, summer camp programs, and enrichment classes.

Daycroft Elementary School (grades K through 6) and Daycroft’s administrative offices are located at 1095 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Phone: (734) 662-3335.

Daycroft Preprimary School (preschool and kindergarten) is at 100 E. Oakbrook Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Phone: (734) 930-0333.


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