Christmas is looking a little brighter for some families in the Belding community. Thanks to a coordinated effort from the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and the Belding Middle School Student Council, students collected 1,370 toys for people in need. The drive was part of the annual School Spirit Challenge hosted by WZZM-TV 13, which the middle school ended up leading this year.
Belding’s longtime mascot is about to become a piece of history.
After months of conversation at school board meetings and special community forums, the Belding Area Schools board voted unanimously to change the mascot from the Redskins and to do away with any Native American associated imagery on Monday evening.
’Tis the season for caring and there is no shortage of good deeds at Belding Middle School. Students in Diane Kuhn’s sixth grade class have spent the last 12 school days trying to rack up as many good deeds and kind acts as they could before holiday break, which kicks off on Wednesday.
After months of hearing from members of the community and outsiders to the community, the Belding Board of Education came to a decision about the Redskins mascot Monday evening.
Middle school students in Belding have been learning a bit more about nutrition during the past several months. Thanks to a grant administered by the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) for $300,000, which is set to serve Kent, Ionia and Montcalm Counties, students in Jennifer DiSpirito’s classes have had visits from Anne King, a nutrition educator with the KISD.
A Belding firefighter was fired Monday morning after allegedly making racist comments on Facebook over the weekend.
A Michigan Department of Education (MDE) official visited Greenville Public Schools and Lakeview Community School on Wednesday. Martin Ackley, director of the office of public and governmental affairs for the MDE, spent the morning touring Lakeview and the afternoon touring the Greenville. Each district showcased their successes and put a spotlight on the ways they are working to give students the best education possible.
Speed limits will remain the same after a split Belding City Council vote Tuesday evening. The council voted to leave speed limits as is on S. Bridge Street just outside the city limits and into city limits in a 3-2 vote. Councilmen Mike Scheid and Bruce Meyers voted “no.”
Students decked the halls for residents of Metron in Belding on Tuesday morning.
Jennifer DiSpirito took students from her service learning class at Belding Middle School to Metron of Belding to decorate the doors of residents’ rooms and some common areas. Students in the service learning class from the previous marking period had visited Metron of Belding to decorate doors for Halloween as well and had a blast, DiSpirito said.
It was standing room only at the Pere Marquette Depot Tuesday evening as people gathered to express their opinions on a proposed homeless shelter. The Reconnecting Tomorrow Center petitioned the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for a special use ordinance to set up a 30-person shelter in the basement of Belding United Methodist Church at 301 Pleasant St. The church property is zoned for single family homes only.