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Welcome to Our Pasteur Alumni Website

PACKING FOOD AND BOOKS  - December 19, 2013
   Thanks to our volunteer packers who filled boxes for 50 families in need! Much appreciation goes out to all of you who contributed extra donations. Thanks to Bake Station and the Dakota Bread for donating breads! The Foundation spent $2,300 + the Vesco Oil Corp. gave $3,000 for gift cards for the families. The boxes each have a turkey with all the staples for a great meal for 50 families. Every child will receive a new book for the holiday vacation! Thanks to our alumni from all over the world who support our programs with their membership and donations!

"Diary of Anne Frank"
On April 3, 2014 we will take the 6th graders to see a live performance at the Berman Theatre in West Bloomfield by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. JET provided a study guide. We presented each student with a copy of the book. Last year our students were the best behaved in the audience! They were so appreciative to us for everything. 

-  We need lots of volunteers to speak on Earth Day (April 1) and Career Day May 1. Two of our speakers from last year have now become tutors working with pre-schoolers each week teaching the alphabet!
- We welcome back Carol Winokur to our tutoring program! Carol returns from 11 years in  L. A. wanting to tutor 3x a week after seeing the need!

- Come for a half hour to read to a special ed class!

- Want to do Reading Corp? Contact DPS Reading Corps:(313)870-5669 or

- Read to a young class
- Help a child read
- Tutoring at any grade level
- Watch this website for opportunities starting in October.

 Monday, January 21, 2013 was Martin Luther King Day
Thank you to the 32
 volunteers who helped paint at Pasteur! 
We also washed walls and sorted donated clothing. 
See photos of us in the Gallery. 


The Pasteur Elementary School Alumni Foundation is anon-profit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization.

We started the alumni foundation in 1996 and are dedicated to helping the current students of Pasteur Elementary School. It is located on Stoepel and Pembroke in northwest Detroit. We are the first and largest alumni association of an elementary school in Detroit.


Our database has over 1,500 alumni who attended the school since 1939. We have members who live all over the U.S., Canada and Israel. We are diverse in many ways, but all have a special feeling for our old school, friends, teachers, and neighborhood.


We publish an annual newsletter and member directory with contact information. The directory is sent only to members. Currently we have over 250 members. Many old friends have been re-connected through our Foundation. Some of our many activities include,  weekly reading to classes, tutoring, giving books to all the students, dictionaries to all graduates and scholarships for college.


Please check out the whole website to view our many accomplishments, programs, letters from students, news, interesting stories, photos, facts and our newsletters. We will add more soon! We spent $18,000 last year on programs, field trips, camp, books, food, etc. for the children. To be ecologically sound we send a hard copy of the newsletter only to alumni who are not on the internet. This saves money, paper and time.


Please help by registering on our website and check it each month for news. We have also started to send current news more often. If you would like the E-NEWS please email us at If you are not currently a member we hope that you join to help us continue our work at the school. We do make a difference in the lives of these children and their families.




Photos in the Gallery visible to members.
(If you are a member, but have NOT done "Member Signup"
 on the website, please do! You will have more access.)


 Donations can still be made to our Special Funds in memory of 
Ms. Robinson, Mr. Bauerle and Kathy Carter
Thanks to all who donated to our holiday fund
 for food for 50 needy families!
We have received much appreciation from the families.
Just click on Donations for details on how you can make a difference!

 MAY 2012 - iPads and APPS FOR AUTISM
   We purchased two iPads for the special ed teachers to use with their non-verbal autistic students. The progress the students have made in reading, math, matching games is incredible. They are so focused when using the iPads for learning! Thank you all who support what we do with your membership and contributions! 
This was the first time in many years that promotion was in our auditorium. We gave large, hard cover dictionaries to all 36 sixth graders who were promoted. The alumni were thanked by student Kaitlynn Wilson with a hand-written, framed letter thanking us for all our contributions including reading, tutoring, Earth Day, painting, "The Diary of Anne Frank" performance by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (field trip to the Berman Theatre), giving them each a copy of the diary, food for the needy at Christmas, and the new auditorium curtains!

JUNE 2013 - InsideOut Literary Arts Project

We suggested 4 years ago that this would be a great program to bring into the school. Sharon Lawson, our principal, finally got it in the budget. A professional writer worked each week with 3rd and 4th grade to produce their own poetry. The published books for Pasteur were distributed to all the authors at a ceremony in the auditorium. The excitement of the children to see themselves as authors in print was beautiful. 

JUNE 13, 2012 - Journal Journey Ended

Wendy Wagenheim presented all the 4th graders with their journals which had traveled all over the country receiving entries from alumni. The children were thrilled to read some of the essays in front of their classmates. Postcards from everywhere arrived at the school each week from Pasteur alumni. Fran Gross co-chaired this program. We are looking for someone to chair this exceptional program for 2013-14.



We donated money again for SITC to do programming for our students the last Friday of each week of summer school. They will also host a 2-week camp in August. Last year the children had trips to Belle Isle, Wayne State, the Riverfront and more. The SITC volunteers directed art, sports and helped our kids have lots of summer fun. In July, campers from Camp Tamarack (including a group of campers from Israel) came to work with our students for one day. The campers loved the experience and then had Jerusalem pizza on the front lawn. Check out for photos!



          Everyone still talks about the NASA trip. Our students,teachers and chaperones had a great seat in the bleachers at the launch site,when they heard the launch was postponed indefinitely. Our students were still able to get a VIP tour of  the Kennedy Space Center in Florida! Most of the children and some parents had never been outside of Michigan. The parents were extremely grateful that the children had this amazing experience. Upon returning they spoke about everything they had seen. Interestingly, they said how close they all feel having experienced thistrip together even though they were grades 3-5.

Many thanks to all who helped fund this project!


The Detroit Jewish Coalition for Literacy hosted a Literacy Program with Free Press writer Rochelle Riley last March. Marcy Feldman spoke about how to start an organized advocacy group in a school, sighting PESAF'saccomplishments and how we do it.



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WE HAVE 259 MEMBERS! Thanks to this website we are attracting more alumni!

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The students, staff, and families of Pasteur Elementary School appreciate your support! Everyone greets us with smiles!



  • First Grade Reading Program - books to each child and teacher
  • Earth Day - materials on how to save the Earth, refreshments for speakers
  • Purchase of 2 iPads to use "Apps for Autism" for non-verbal autistic students 
  • Funding "Summer in the City" summer programming and Camp Pasteur
  • 600 new books to the children
  • Career Day - refreshments for speakers
  • Food boxes and books for 50 families for Christmas
  • We thank the Vesco Oil Corporation - Marjory Winkelman Epstein and Donald Epstein for Target Gift Cards for each family for Christmas
  • Sponsored the 6th grade trip to see the Jewish Ensemble Theatre's production of The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Purchased a copy of the Diary of Anne Frank for each 6th grader
  • Invested in the Lemonade Stand program for students to learn economics, social skills, math


Want to teach chess? Home economics? Help with a reading program?

Want to join in a field trip? Teach a hobby after school? Photography? Art?


Website sponsored by the
William A. & Shirley P. Yolles Support Foundation
Holiday Gift Certificates donated by
Marjory Winkelman Epstein & Donald Epstein