The debate over the Belding Redskins mascot continues — and will likely continue into the next academic year. During Monday evening’s regular meeting of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, board members worked toward making a decision regarding the school mascot. Even among board members, the issue is not an easy one.
Ronald Schafer recalled his time in high school, when he said there was “no way” his mother could have imagined a day in which her son would be sworn in as a judge in the state of Michigan.
But on the third story of the Ionia County Courthouse on Friday, a packed courtroom of friends, family, supporters — and Schafer’s mother — witnessed otherwise, as Schafer was sworn in as 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr.
It was lucky for Belding seniors and their families the commencement ceremony was held indoors, owing to a brief but torrential downpour of rain Thursday evening.
“I think that’s rain, actually, so it’s a good thing we’re not on the football field,” Principal Brett Zuver quipped during his opening comments.
Ty Cobb, Marilyn Monroe and Walt Disney were among the living once again Wednesday afternoon. Woodview Elementary School invited family members and students to see the culmination of a research project fifth graders have been working on for the past several weeks.
The days of the Belding Redskin being trapped in limbo could be numbered.
The Belding Area Schools Board of Education discussed the issue at Monday evening’s meeting. During public comment, five residents stood to address the board.
A national debate has hit home for residents of Belding.
The usage of Native American-derived mascots for sports teams has been debated for years, but a resolution is still not readily evident in the near future. People have gone back and forth in local communities, on sports news shows and in publications. Many school districts and national organizations have conceded their mascot in favor of something unrelated to Native Americans.
The halls of Belding High School were filled with members of the public Thursday, celebrating the successes of the community and learning more about local businesses and organizations.
Hallways were decked with artwork students made specifically to display during the showcase. Middle school and elementary school students were performing in the auditorium. People were walking about excitedly, talking with each other.
Some city parks are in the beginning stages of an extreme makeover. During a public meeting on April 11, the Belding Recreation Advisory Board welcomed two representatives, Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell, from architectural firm SmithGroupJJR in Ann Arbor.
Chandra DeGood positions her body in a half-crouch, as she prepares to heave a disc toward a basket barely visible through the trees. The four other women playing their way through the disc golf course at SMASH park in Belding on Saturday watched quietly as DeGood threw her drive down the fairway and then complimented her on the distance.
Third Wave Coffee has been providing citizens of Belding with their java fixes for two years, seeing success in offering the community an opportunity for in-house roasted coffee beans and excellent customer service. Soon the shop will be expanding its offerings to fresh and natural food options.