School Based Support

In addition to regular weekly programming held at our local branches, Ele’s Place offers a variety of ways to engage with our local school districts in supporting grieving children throughout the state of Michigan: 

  • Weekly in-school support groups
  • Educational events for faculty, staff, and families 
  • Reference literature and professional guidance/referrals are available from our branches. 

Contact your local Ele's Place for information on how we can support your school in the following ways:

School Staff Support

  • Presentations for teachers, counselors and administrators are provided at school meetings, in-services and workshops. Presentations can be customized to the situational needs of staff.  (We recommend at least a half hour presentation.)
  • Consultations regarding the needs of a grieving student, class, or school

Resource and Referral

  • Guidance and written materials for parents and teachers working with a grieving child
  • Professional referrals to social workers and psychologists in the community

"Ele's Group"

Because not every family can commit to programming in an Ele's Place facility each week, and because sometimes schools are affected more broadly across the student population by the death of a fellow student or teacher, Ele’s Place works in partnership with school counselors to provide 8-week support groups in many area schools (as listed below).  For more information, please contact our Ele's Group coordinators listed here:

  • Capital Region school counselors interested in partnering with Ele's Place in their school should contact Laurie Forstat at lforstat@elesplace.org
  • Ann Arbor area school counselors interested in partnering with Ele's Place in their school should contact Katie Brickman at kbrickman@elesplace.org.
  • West Michigan area schools interested in partnering with Ele's Place in their school should contact Julie DeJong at jdejong@elesplace.org.
  • Greater Flint and Genessee County area schools interested in partnering with Ele's Place in their school should contact Tracy Payton-Lester at tpaytonlester@elesplace.org

Capital Region School and 
Offsite Partners

  • Grand Ledge High School
  • Potterville High School/Alt. Ed. Combo
  • Sexton Middle School (7/8)
  • Hope Middle School
  • Haslett Middle School
  • Waverly East Middle School
  • Waverly Middle School
  • Waverly High School
  • Hayes Middle School
  • Springport High School
  • Dewitt Junior High
  • Holt Junior High
  • Washington Woods Middle School
  • Holt High School
  • Williamston Middle School
  • Leslie Middle School (7/8)
  • Charlotte Middle School
  • Charlotte Upper Elementary (5/6)
  • Charlotte High School
  • Lansing Catholic Central School
  • Mason High School
  • Morris High School
  • Morris Middle School
  • Owosso Alt. Ed.
  • Dansville High School
  • Dansville Middle School
  • Webberville School
  • Bath Middle School
  • Everett High School
  • Eastern Junior High
  • Eastern High School
  • St. Gerard Middle School
  • Highfields

Note: These are the schools that we are actively working with to provide Ele's Group to their students.

Ann Arbor Area School Partners

  • Lincoln Middle School
  • Milan Middle School
  • Pinckney Navigator School
  • Pinckney Pathfinder School
  • Saline Middle School
  • South Lyon High School
  • Whitmore Lake Elementary
  • Pinckney High School

West Michigan Area School Partners

  • Kenowa Hills Central Elementary
  • Burton Middle School
  • Godwin Heights High School
  • Godwin Heights Middle Schoo;

Greater Flint and Genesee County School Partners 

  • Beecher High & Middle School
  • Bendle High & Middle School
  • Grand Blanc High School
  • Hamady High School