Made in Michigan: Tri-C Publications

9:04 AM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Summer is almost here, the classrooms will empty and children will be free. They'll also be losing a lot of what they learned over the academic year. Some say as much as six weeks in the fall will be spent simply catching students up from where they left off in June.

To address that "brain drain," Carolyn Brown, along with a sister and a friend, created Tri-C Publications. The publications are review-books student spend about two hours with a week. The books focus on math and language arts; each student works on one page per subject, three days a week. Each page takes about 20 minutes.

Brown says her publications are "not designed to teach, it's designed to keep those skills intact over the summer. The thing it does is it builds confidence."

Tri-C has a small office on 28th Street where three people work, but the production, shipping and marketing is handled at Foremost Communications, where co-owner Tim Karel says Tri-C supports about 10% of the 100 jobs at his facility.

Tri-C ships its books to homes and schools all over North America, and some destinations out of the continent.

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