Flint Community Schools and local diner sponsor bike giveaway

Children will be rolling along this summer on new bikes courtesy of Flint Community Schools and Krystal Jo’s Diner. They teamed up for a bike giveaway featuring light refreshments at the end and smiling faces on the children. "Today is one of my annual bicycle giveaways, which has turned into 4 this year due to covid-19,” said Tony Tucker from Krystal Jo’s. “We usually do it once a year. But we broke it up into 4 Fridays this year." The giveaway is for all Flint-area and Genesee County families to help keep kids active during the summer. "I believe a kid should have a bike,” Tucker said. “I believe that we should take care of our neighbors. And I believe if you can do more, I think you shoul

Southfield Public Schools' Class of 2020 celebrates with outdoor and virtual celebrations

The class of 2020 has been dealt an interesting hand, but Southfield students are taking it in stride. From June 18-21, Southfield Public Schools hosted several outdoor and virtual celebrations for their graduating students. “Pomp and Circumstance” floated on the warm breeze June 19 over a sea of cars, decked out in balloons, regalia and inspirational messages. Photo: Patricia O’Blenes Through the safety of their cars, students from Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology, the Southfield Regional Academic Campus and University High School Academy converged on the parking lot of Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Highway, for a caravan in celebration of their accompli

3 Southwest Michigan school districts win state grants to teach about Michigan’s water resources

Niles Community Schools was awarded a $9,473.80 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to teach students about the Great Lakes, Michigan watersheds and the impact people have on water resources across the state, according to a news release from EGLE. The grants are part of From Students to Stewards, an initiative for K-12 students. The program is a collaboration between EGLE, the Michigan Department of Education and the MiSTEM Network at Grand Valley State University. “The From Students to Stewards Initiative is a critical step toward ensuring that every student in the State of Michigan has access to place-based, water-focused education and quality experi

1,000 Kalamazoo Public Schools homes will get free internet under new partnership

A new partnership will provide free internet service and Wi-Fi routers to 1,000 homes of Kalamazoo Public School students, following action by the Kalamazoo City Commission. The commission approved funding for the effort at a virtual meeting Monday, June 15, amending the city budget to allocate $200,000 from the Foundation for Excellence Aspirational Fund for the effort. The meeting went past midnight and the vote to approve the partnership happened early Tuesday morning. The Digital Access for All partnership includes Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo Public Library, The Kalamazoo Promise, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and the city of Kalamazoo, with funding from the Foundation f

Ecorse students to get ‘red carpet’ treatment in drive-thru graduation ceremony

They have lost enough. They have sacrificed enough. That’s what Ecorse Public Schools officials believe about their students, and they wanted to do something about it. In a Google survey, Ecorse students were asked if they could have one thing for a senior send off, what would it be. The overwhelming response — a graduation ceremony. They asked for it, and they’re going to get it. District officials are coordinating what they are calling a “drive-thru graduation ceremony” for more than 130 graduating seniors. The senior graduation ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. June 12 at Ecorse High School on the Outer Drive side of the building. Their graduation day originally was set f

Stand up for Michigan children by saying no to school budget cuts

In a pandemic, some lines blur. Others become clearer. We now “do school” at home, at least for the moment. The distinction between home and school is less sharp than pre-pandemic. Even with the extraordinary efforts of our teachers, support staff, and administrators, our students are getting less out of the spring than normal. The sharp line between spring and summer is less apparent. Kids will need to get more out of the summer than they typically do given that they will have gotten less out of the spring than usual. So, while lines of space and time have blurred, here’s what’s clear: Our kids need us—their parents, educators and supporters. Right now. Big time. They need us to dru

Van Dyke Public Schools Celebrates Seniors

Photos: Piper Bognar, Van Dyke Public Schools Annual high school graduation ceremonies with educators, family and friends cheering on the seniors have been a standard in local communities for decades. Unfortunately, the “Pomp and Circumstance” tradition of commencement ceremonies, along with proms and award banquets, have been canceled for the class of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Seniors walking across a stage to receive their diplomas is an event that won’t happen this year with the usual flair. District officials, however, have planned alternative ways to recognize this year’s graduates for their accomplishments. Van Dyke Public Schools kicked off graduation season with “Ligh

Our Children Our Future — Virtual Rally, May 29, 2020

In case you missed it, here are some highlights from Friday’s virtual rally – including U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and State Rep. Sheryl Kennedy. Please take action today to urge Congress to pass the funding needed for our schools!

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