Pancakes fly through Grattan Academy for a good cause


By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 10:22 am on Monday, March 12, 2012

Trevor “Nutcake” Muir of Chris Cakes prepares pancakes at Grattan Academy’s third annual pancake breakfast on Saturday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

GREENVILLE — Trevor “Nutcake” Muir took his place behind the specially designed eight-foot long griddle, and with a punch of a button and a careful sliding of his giant funnel, the pancake batter formed perfect circles on the hot surface.

On the other side of the griddle, the boys and girls and moms and dads lined up shoulder to shoulder, with plates in hand, ready to catch the famous “flying pancakes.”

Muir, a “flipper” for Chris Cakes of Michigan in Clare, then sent the flapjacks flying, some hitting the hoped-for target of a plate while others landed on the floor at the third annual pancake breakfast at Grattan High School Saturday morning.

“The pancake breakfast is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Grattan Elementary Parent Teacher Organization,” said Aaron Antcliff, a member of the Grattan School board who worked with the PTO to organize the event.

Those attending could ‘buy’ a plate and then were treated to unlimited pancakes and sausages. Coffee was provided free of charge from “D” Manila Coffeehouse of Belding.

“We sold close to 150 plates, and had a great turnout, better than last year,” Antcliff said.

Along with the pancakes, a silent auction took place, with items donated by local businesses, said Kristen McLaren, vice president of the PTO.

“The money raised will go back to the school. Last year we made $2,500 and were able to purchase projectors and screens for each classroom,” said McLaren.

Grattan Academy is housed in two buildings with the kindergarten through fifth grade attending a location in Grattan and the upper classmen attending in Greenville. The school has seen an increase in its enrollment at both locations, with nearly 300 students currently enrolled, said Antcliff.

“I have four children and two grandchildren who attend the schools, so I wanted to come out and help support them,” said Debra Houseman of Belding. “It is all for the kids, they enjoy it, and you get to see the other families.”

Samantha Gould of Cedar Springs wanted to help out her cousin, Elliott Flynn, a fifth grader at the elementary building.

“He called and invited me to come, so I did,” Gould said.

The students’ persistence won over Matt Schafer of Grattan, who attended by request of his sister Jasmine.

“She kept asking me to come, the proceeds help out the kids, and it is all you can eat, so a pretty good deal at $3.75,” Schafer said.

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