The UM-Flint Pop-Up School: Education Outside Your Door program is a mobile classroom that provides high quality, play-based literacy, math, science, and social studies activities for young children.  This classroom is intended to serve those children most in need and visits neighborhoods, community events, health fairs, churches, and other venues throughout the city of Flint.  Activities are set up outdoors as much as possible depending on the weather.   

Parents/guardians are encouraged to interact and learn with their children as they explore different hands-on projects and activities. 

The Pop-Up School van is generally scheduled during the mornings or afternoons, Monday-Friday.  There are occasional Saturday, evening, and Sunday events.

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Click the Schedule in the Menu to find out where our schools will be popping up in the community. 


If you would like to schedule a visit from our Pop-Up School Van for a community event, please contact Cathy A. Lesinski, Pop-Up School manager at catlesin@umflint.edu.


Team Members Needed


“Pop-Up School” Team Member

We are looking for students who are interested in working with children in the Flint community. 

The role of the community service team member will be to engage with the children and families in varied activities.  While no prior experience with children is necessary, we are seeking team members who promote a positive, professional attitude while encouraging and supporting children in need.

Why work with the Pop-Up School Program???

  • Professional development by faculty
  • Certificate of commendation for Flint Community Service
  • Increasing monetary stipends with extended service
  • Priceless experience working with the community

The Pop-Up School van may be scheduled Monday through Friday in the mornings or afternoons and each shift is approximately 3-4 hours (including set-up and clean-up). There are occasional Saturday, evening, and Sunday events.

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Past Events

Flint Public Library

This colorful pyramid is hiding special treasures.  Can you see them?  Light table activites, winter art, and engineering took place at the Flint Public Library on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Like free books?  Join Dolly Parton's Imagination Library www.flintkidsread.org

Calvary United Methodist Church

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, kids at Calvary United Methodist Church acted silly during an entertaining game of Twister.

Flint Odyssey House

The children at the Flint Odyssey House used black markers to create decorative penquins on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

WIC Burton

Kids at the WIC Center of Burton work together to build a spectacular marble run on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

WIC Burton

Andrew had a great time building a tree log tower at the WIC Center of Burton on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.  Building with any type of block promotes creativity and sharpens crucial skills. 

Carriage Town

The children at Carraige Town had a great time celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day on Monday, January 15, 2018, as they painted peace dove's, created communities with buildings, roads, and people, and expressed themselves with palydough sculptures and magnetic creations.

Calvary United Methodist Church

Young ladies and gentlemen enjoyed interacting with each other while they explored several engagement areas at Calvary United Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

WIC Burton

Clear colored blocks look pretty on the light table, but this building that Adalynn designed on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, is spectactular without any added help.