Hello Friends,

Ramadan Mubarak to those celebrating! May it be a time of reflection, unity, and peace. As we embark on this period of spiritual growth, let us extend our prayers to those suffering in Gaza. May we be inspired by compassion and understanding, as we work towards a just and lasting peace for all, which starts with a humanitarian ceasefire and immediate aid to the people of Gaza.

I would also like to wish everyone a very happy Women’s History Month! In 1987, Congress passed a proclamation naming March Women’s History Month. This month is a time to explore and reflect on all of the invaluable contributions women have made to our state, nation and the world. Our own state has a rich history of women fighting to create a more fair and equitable society. Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Helen Thomas, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are just a few examples of Michigan women who were not only trailblazers in their respective fields but have also fought diligently for the rights of others.

As always, if our office can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Ranjeev Puri
State Representative, 24th District
Proudly serving Canton Township

In this Edition:

  • Teacher of the Month
  • Upcoming Community Events

February Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Ms. Brenda Johnson, House District 24’s February Teacher of the Month.

Ms. Johnson is the sixth-grade Resource Room teacher at Discovery Middle School in Canton. She has been with the school district for 19 years. Ms. Johnson was nominated by her colleagues, and their words are simply too heartwarming not to share:

“We are delighted to nominate Ms. Johnson for Teacher of the Month. Her unwavering dedication and genuine care for her students set her apart as an exceptional educator.

“Ms. Johnson goes above and beyond her role as a teacher, creating an environment where every child feels valued and supported. Her commitment to the well-being and academic success of her students is truly commendable. Whether it’s staying after school to provide extra help or implementing creative teaching methods to cater to different learning styles, Ms. Johnson consistently demonstrates her passion for education.

“What truly sets Ms. Johnson apart is her warm and nurturing demeanor. She is more than just a teacher; she is a mother figure to her students. Always wearing a smile, she fosters a positive and inclusive atmosphere in her classroom, making it a safe space for learning and personal growth.

“In every interaction, Ms. Johnson radiates positivity and encouragement, inspiring both students and colleagues alike. Her dedication to shaping not only the minds but also the hearts of her students makes her an exceptional candidate for Teacher of the Month.”

Rep. Puri stands with Teacher of the Month Ms. Brenda Johnson and her certificate of recognition.

Thank you, Ms. Johnson for your dedication to our kids and community!

If you’d like to help us recognize our amazing educators, you can nominate one for Teacher of the Month here.

Check out a list of upcoming activities in our community on the Canton Township website. I have highlighted a few below:

Shine and Thrive
March 15, 6-8 p.m. at Village Arts Factory

Join us for this special event planned by the young girls of the Learn Advocate Mentor, a girls leadership and empowerment program through Canton Township. The event features food and beverages, live music, drop-in mindfulness activities, a photo shoot and more!

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
March 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon at Summit on the Park, in the Walnut Room
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) of Wayne County is a supplemental food assistance program for eligible low-income individuals and families. Food products are distributed once a month at the Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton. If you are in need of assistance or would like more information, please call (734) 394-5185. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Bunny Hop
March 21, 6-8 p.m. at Summit on the Park
Enjoy a night of music and dancing with the Easter Bunny! This family dance will take place at the Summit on the Park Banquet Center from 6-8 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. (sensory-friendly hour). Don’t “hop” in too late — the Bunny will only be available for pictures during the first portion of the event; the last portion will be shaking their cotton tail on the dance floor with you! All family members will need a ticket to attend, regardless of age. Pre-registration is required.

Our office is always here to answer any questions or concerns, or listen to any thoughts you have on any particular issue. The best way to reach us is by email at RanjeevPuri@house.mi.gov. We also hope you will join us for upcoming coffee hours so that we can meet and I can hear what is on your mind.