Have fun and help the kids of Ann Arbor with the Family Learning Institute’s virtual quizzes


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students are on average 2.5 months behind in English and 2.6 months behind in math, says a Study 2021 from the Policy Analysis for California Education Research Center.

But this significant learning delay was not felt equally. Low-income students and English language learners were hardest hit, with a learning delay of 2.8 to 3.8 months, according to the study.

That’s where Ann Arbor’s Family Learning Institute (FLI) comes in. Since 1999, volunteers at the nonprofit organization have worked to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Washtenaw County students in grades 2 through 5 through free weekly tutoring sessions.

On Saturday, April 23, FLI hopes to raise awareness and money for its after-school programs with a night of virtual trivia.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., trivia teams from anywhere can test their wits and compete for prizes from local businesses.


FLI Board Member Jenn Cornell Queen said the event was a great way for people with friends and family across the country to come together and network.

Funds generated by the quiz night go towards supporting FLI’s free tutors who meet with students and families.

“From our point of view, the necessity [for tutors] Is there. The need is greater than ever,” said Cornell Queen.

“I think right now every family can really relate to the challenges that the pandemic has brought to children. And we know that the socio-economically disadvantaged have been hit harder. That’s just a national fact. That’s not unique to this community.”

Volunteers spend an hour each week working with students in schools, online or at FLI’s South Industrial Highway Center.

“It [the pandemic] hasn’t changed our delivery or mission, but demand has increased significantly,” said Cornell Queen.

Teams at the Saturday event can have up to six participants. Anyone without a team is added to a group that needs a different mind.


The top three teams will receive gift cards and other items from Ann Arbor stores, as well as trophies made by a local artist.

Trivia topics span different genres and topics. Tickets are $50 per person or $300 for a group of six. Get tickets here.

In addition to Trivia, FLI operates a silent online auction where participants can bid on items donated to the Ann Arbor charity.

Offerings range from gift certificates and cocktail classes to golf excursions and a private four-course meal created by Brandon Johns, Executive Chef at Grange Kitchen and Bar. Community members can even bid on a three-night stay in Petoskey, Michigan.

The silent auction runs until April 23rd. Check it out here


Those unable to attend but still want to support the organization’s mission can donate online.

Volunteering as a tutor is another way to help. Although it may seem intimidating, Cornell Queen said no special skills were required and that the FLI desperately needs volunteers.

“Don’t think you don’t have the skills,” she said. “Those who can read have the skills to do it and to help.”

Interested? Apply online via the FLI website.

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