Panera Bread and United Way team up to host free family fun days


Panera Bread® has partnered with Early Learning Communities, a United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) program, to provide free educational activities and information for children and their parents on the second Saturday of each month during the school year.
Early Learning Communities is a network of neighborhood-based hubs providing free training and resources to parents and caregivers of children aged birth to five.
From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the selected dates listed below, children will participate in educational crafts, cookie decorating and reading activities. Local authors will also be on-site at select locations reading their books to the kids. While the children play, parents will have the opportunity to learn about the Early Learning Communities program and how to best prepare children for school. The events are open to all ages.
The Early Learning Communities was started to ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Research shows that the first three years of life are critical to a child’s ultimate success in school and in life, making it an important time to intervene to guarantee long-term achievement.
“Studies have shown that children who can’t read by first grade will spend their entire lifetime catching up,” said Annemarie Harris, director of early childhood initiatives for UWSEM. “In partnership with Panera Bread we are bringing families together to discuss how parents can get their children ready for school. Last year’s program was a great success and we’re looking forward to helping more families this year.”
United Way for Southeastern Michigan is Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation® partner in Metro Detroit. For all donations made to Panera’s Community Breadbox, located near the registers, Panera matches a portion back to UWSEM.

If you would like to bring your child to a Panera Family Fun Day, we have provided the dates and locations below for you.  Enjoy!
May 14 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera Bread
Livonia location – 28551 Schoolcraft Road
Sue Beth Balash – Mimi, the Inchworm
June 11 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera Bread
Westland location – 35300 Warren Road
Marybeth Dillon-Butler – Myrtle the Hurdler (Marybeth will dress up as a turtle)
Sept. 10 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera Bread
Canton location- 41950 Ford Road
Robin Morris – Mama Got Rhythm & Daddy Got Rhyme
Oct. 8 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera Bread
Rochester Hills location – 37 S. Livernois Road
Elizabeth Lange Cannella – There’s a Monster in my Lunchbox
Nov. 12 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera Bread
Lathrup Village location – 27651 Southfield Road
Robin Morris – Mama Got Rhythm & Daddy Got Rhyme
Woodhaven – 23601 Allen Road
Patty O’Brien Novak – Engineering the ABC’s
Dec. 10 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Panera Bread
Dearborn Heights location – 26580 Ford Road
Robin Morris – Mama Got Rhythm & Daddy Got Rhyme
Chesterfield – 51490 Gratiot Avenue
Elizabeth Lange Cannella – There’s a Monster in my Lunchbox
For more information about other Panera Bread/UWSEM events, visit
About Panera Bread
Panera Bread serves fresh baked, handcrafted artisan breads, sweet and savory baked goods, hand-tossed salads, wholesome soups, and signature sandwiches in a distinctly warm and welcoming environment. Panera Bread is committed to using great tasting, quality ingredients in the food we offer and contributing to the neighborhoods in which our customers and employees live and work through programs like Operation Dough-Nation®.  Headquartered in Richmond Heights, MO, Panera Bread owns and franchises 1,400 bakery-cafes under the Panera Bread® and Saint Louis Bread Co.® names as of June 8, 2010. For more information about Panera Bread, visit
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