DETROIT – A group of young figure skaters head towards Highland Park for an important lesson, not about skating but about giving back to the community, and they learned it from a pro.
The Detroit girls met the woman who bought an old rundown house.
“Everything had broken down,” said the Homework House founder Mom Shu. “The windows were broken.”
Mama Shu transformed the house into a safe space where Detroit Metro the children could concentrate on their homework.
“So it took me about six years to build it because I didn’t have all the money at once,” Mama Shu said.
homework home Avalon Street at Highland Park is the result of Mama Shu’s confidence, hard work and determination, which are the same qualities it takes to learn figure skating.
“We teach them that on the ice,” said Lori Patterson. “Literally, when you fall, you have to get up. It doesn’t matter what happens when you’re there. What matters is what you do when you get up.
“Honestly, I was like, wow,” seventh-grader Tarajee Muhammad said.
The girls at Figure Skating Detroit heard what Mama Shu was doing for her neighborhood and wanted to see it first hand.
“I feel like I could take inspiration from it and build something of my own,” Muhammad said.
They also went there to help Mama Shu’s mission and invited other young girls from the neighborhood to join them on the ice.
“We don’t want them to be educated and become superstars and then go away and take that somewhere else,” Patterson said. “We want them to bring that back here to their own communities and make a difference.”
Mama Shu had a simple message for the girls who came to see what could be created off the ice with determination and hard work.
“Take notes,” Mama Shu said.
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