Islamic School in Canton Doubles its Capacity

August 22, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

On August 22, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "Crescent Academy, a 355-student Islamic school, is a month away from completing an expansion that will increase its capacity to about 600 students. The school, which serves students in preschool through eighth grade, is expanding because of the growing Muslim community in the western suburbs, said school director David Tauhidi... Parents who choose Crescent Academy over the Plymouth-Canton district's well-regarded public schools do so because they want their children to have grounding in the principles of Islam. The Muslim call to prayer is broadcast over loudspeakers throughout the school day, and a large masjid, or prayer room, is in a central location. Rest rooms are equipped with special faucets and benches for students to wash their hands and feet before praying... Most children who attend the school are the first generation in their families born in the United States. Others are second generation, whose parents did not have a similar school available to them as they were growing up and want their children to be in a religious school environment, Tauhidi said. Families come countries from all over the world, including India, Pakistan and Lebanon."