Eastpointe Community Schools kicked off Christmas break with holiday spirit

Students at Pleasantview Elementary School in Eastpointe Community Schools perform several songs at the school’s holiday show. Photo by Brendan Losinski The elementary school students in Eastpointe Community Schools and Roseville Community Schools began their holiday breaks with some Christmas fun. Each school in both districts hosted their end-of-term concerts and performances to cap off the semester in a fun and educational way. “It’s a great way to head into the Christmas season because it ties everything up,” said Laurie Hillebrand, the principal of Pleasantview Elementary School in Eastpointe. “It’s a celebration before they go home. It brings that sense of community before they are hom

Local hospitals provide more than 1,000 shoes to Flint students for Christmas

Shoes that Fit campaign (Photo: Mid-Michigan NOW) The 2019 "Shoes That Fit" campaign has come to and end, but 1,300 pairs of shoes were provided for students in need. The "Shoes That Fit" campaign has been sponsored by employees at Ascension Genesys, Hurley Medical Center, and McLaren Hospital for the past 19 years. The campaign is coordinated by Flint Community Schools and the three hospitals. School staff identify students who are in need of shoes and then employees of the hospitals buy the shoes. The campaign ran from November 18th through December 17th allowing students to get their new shoes before they left for Christmas break. Thirteen hundred pairs of shoes is nearly equivalent to 50

Battle Creek firefighters help elementary school students excel in reading

About 70 Battle Creek firefighters volunteered Wednesday to serve as Reading Buddies in area elementary schools. On-duty Battle Creek firefighters volunteer to be reading buddies at local elementary schools on Wednesday. (Photo: WWMT) Battle Creek Fire Chief Brian Sturdivant said the Adopt-a-School program started a few months ago. After speaking with Battle Creek Public Schools Superintendent Kimberly Carter, he said they decided to break the program down into components, one being the Reading Buddies program. On-duty crews came into elementary schools to read with students for 20-30 minutes a day. “The students actually work to increase their reading and comprehension skills. They actually

Third Holland Public Schools elementary to join Higher Impact Learning Project

Photo: Holland Sentinel A third Holland Public Schools elementary school will be included in the Higher Impact Learning Project. After Holland Heights and Holland West were included in the program’s Cohort A consisting of 76 west and southwest Michigan elementary schools, Jefferson Elementary is one of 76 schools included in Cohort B. The HIL Project is funded through a $12.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to Western Michigan University, in collaboration with the Reading Now Network and the MAISA General Education Leadership Network. The grant supplies the schools with financial support, a literacy facilitator and training in effective literacy strategies for staff. “The

Lansing School District gives adult students a second chance at a diploma

Photo: Roxanne J. Frith, Roxanne J. Frith/For the Lansing State Journal Sidick Mahamat came to the United States looking for a better life. He arrived in Lansing in March 2017 after leaving north Sudan, where much of the nation is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis after years of violence and natural disasters, and enrolled at Lansing Everett High School that same month. He worked hard, earning high school credits as fast as he could, hoping to earn his diploma, go to college and start a new life in America. But he turned 20 and aged out of high school in June, two credits short of donning a cap and gown and walking in the commencement. His counselor pointed him to the Lansing School Distr

Flint students and their families receive over 100,000 pounds of food for holidays

Photo: WEYI Thanks to a huge donation from several businesses, many local families won't be going hungry this holiday season. Flint Community Schools hosted a food distribution for 1,000 families in the area to help make their season a little brighter. The following business all took part to make this event happen: Sodexo Magic Cigna Health United Shore Walmart Popeyes BCFI Each family received all the trimmings to make and enjoy a hot Christmas meal as well as a number of nutritious food items to help sustain them through the winter vacation. The event took place at North Western High School where people were able to drive up and have their trunks filled with food boxes.

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