Earnest Strecker was only 3 years old and living in Spencer Township when the Bolshevik Revolution swept across Russia, ending the rein of the czars and ushering in the era of the Soviet Union. Most 3-year-old kids don’t notice that sort of thing, especially when it’s taking place half a world away.
Despite questioning some of the theory behind it, it’s hard for Grattan Academy to ignore the recent Academic State Champs report that named it the worst school in the state. In spite of the questions, and in light of the data, there was one common theme among the Grattan Academy Board of Directors at Monday night’s school board meeting … “we must do better.”
It’s well known that Montcalm County schools have had a lot of snow days due to the wintery weather the area has experienced, but few are apprised to the affect it has had on blood banks. Michigan Blood, a non profit blood bank, has seen a large amount of its blood drives cancelled because of weather and road conditions. And the drives it has been able to hold this winter, they’ve been poorly attended because donors choose not to brave the conditions.
Tom Kreiner will be the first person to admit Grattan Academy isn’t perfect. But the worst school in the state of Michigan? That unhappy distinction is according to the third annual Academic State Champs report from Bridge Magazine and The Center for Michigan. The report ranks Michigan’s schools from best to worst, based on a combination of test scores and income levels of families.
The continued snow and challenging weather in Michigan has not kept letter carriers from going out and delivering the mail. The United States Postal Service (USPS) thanks its customers for helping letter carriers deliver mail safely by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.
On Saturday, dozens of students will converge upon the Redskin Arena gymnasium in Belding, but it won’t be for a volleyball or basketball game. Rather, students from throughout the state will be competing at the second annual Belding Robotics Tournament at Belding High School, hosted by Belding’s very own robotics program.
Jim Dennis is overwhelmed. He is surrounded by insane people. And he’s loving it. Flooded with emails, phone calls and Facebook comments, Dennis, coordinator of the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser event for Montcalm County, is once again gathering pledges from brave souls who will “take the plunge” into the cold waters of Turk Lake to raise funds for local Special Olympics athletes.
Decades ago, customers of the former Village Hearth would schedule reservations days in advance to assure a seat at the popular restaurant located in the heart of downtown Belding. After going through several owners, new titles, new menus and a period of several years in which the building sat empty, the structure became an empty shell of its former self. But now, Mark Hoople is ready for a resurgence.
For Greenville High School Band Director Susan Gould, the large amount of snow days this winter — nine to date — has made her teaching routine nearly impossible as students remain home, many without instruments on which to practice.
Montabella High School was closed Tuesday, as were all local schools, but the hallways were still filled with the voices and laughter of children — very young children, that is. Ryan Roberts, a science teacher at Montabella, brought his 5-year-old and 2-year-old children to the school so they could get out of the house and run around while Roberts caught up on classwork.