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Sometimes, when the weather is nice, the two homeschooled daughters of Josh and Melissa Almas — Cadence, 5 and Rosalyn, 2 — enjoy reading by Wabasis Lake. (Daily News/Jessica Dudenhofer)

The new private schools

Some of today’s parents are looking for educational alternatives for their children, although there will always be a need for quality private and public education.
Some of these alternative options include tackling education at home, replacing face-to-face teacher interaction with online courses or charter schools.

From left, St. Charles Catholic School second-graders Jon Saur, Grace Platte and Teagan O'Toole enjoy educational games on school computers Monday. According to Principal Margaret Karpus, students use the computer labs two to three times per week for language practice, accelerated reading and other educational programs. (Daily News/Jessica Dudenhofer)

Private schools adapt to fewer students, fewer funds

Local private schools are surviving the rough economy to keep educational alternatives for parents and students.
Private schools, often owned or operated by area religious institutions, receive most of their income from tuition and donations. They don’t receive any tax dollars, which make up the bulk of public school funding.

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Library and Head Start moving into building, DPW will not for now

The new Crystal Community Center is filling up fast. EightCAP’s Head Start program and the Crystal Community Library both are planning to move into the former Crystal Elementary School. However, plans to relocate the Crystal Department of Public Works are on hold for now.

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Library and Head Start moving into building, DPW will not for now

The new Crystal Community Center is filling up fast. EightCAP’s Head Start program and the Crystal Community Library both are planning to move into the former Crystal Elementary School. However, plans to relocate the Crystal Department of Public Works are on hold for now.

Hannah Glover, a first-grader at Cowden Lake Bible Academy, works hard on her homework during the last 20 minutes of class. Glover is one of six students at Cowden Lake in the classroom for kindergarten, first grade and second grade.

Local private schools struggle to survive tough economy

Declining enrollment is an every day reality for public schools across the region, putting a strain on their finances.
However, public schools aren’t alone in struggling to make ends meet with fewer students. Private schools are feeling the pinch as well — some more than others.

Belding Mayor Roger Wills appears in a screenshot from the city’s residential marketing video.

Belding releases last two of three marketing videos

The city hopes to drum up more enthusiasm about its often-overlooked potential with the release of three new community marketing videos.

Belding varsity football players Andrew Leppink (21) and Cody Douglas (22) wore their special “Day to Believe” pink jerseys during Friday’s assembly.

Belding’s Day to Believe

There was no shortage of pink Belding spirit in the Belding High School gymnasium Friday afternoon. Middle school and high school students gathered to kick off an afternoon and evening of pink events for the “Day to Believe.”

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Belding to contract custodial services as needed

Belding Area Schools hopes to save some money by contracting out some noninstructional services.

Crystal Congregational Church has expressed interest in purchasing some of the empty property behind their building, currently owned by the township as Crystal Community Center land.

Crystal church interested in community center property

Crystal Township is considering an offer from Crystal Congregational Church to purchase part of the Crystal Community Center land located west of the church.

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Belding appoints historic commission, approves ordinance

The city officially has a historic district. Belding City Council members took the final two steps Tuesday evening that were necessary to establish the district more than a year after the effort began.