Districts showcase opportunities for prospective students

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The annual Lansing School District Showcase took place at the Don Johnson Fieldhouse on Feb. 11. This event provided an opportunity for the community to experience what students are learning within the classroom and see what changes the Lansing Pathway Promise has made in the district.

The Lansing Pathway Promise is a $120 million school millage that was approved by voters in May 2016, according to the Lansing State Journal. This allowed the district to be redefined into three “paths” students could take to become successful in cutting-edge skills for college and future jobs. The paths include offerings of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), STEAM, which includes arts, biotechnology, visual and performing arts, and language immersion. Each educational branch was displayed at the event.

The District Showcase was also perfect for parents looking at schools for their students to attend. Jennifer Crispin, Lansing resident and mother of two students at Post Oak Academy, came to the event to look at high school options with her sixth grader. She said she has been pleased with the Post Oak curriculum and the Lansing School District itself.

“Our kids have been through Post Oak most of their years,” Crispin said . “We’ve really enjoyed the Chinese immersion program there and we’ve been happy with it so far.”

Teachers and representatives from each school were available to discuss what curriculum was offered. Marian Stepter, an Averill New Tech literacy teacher, has been working in the district for 34 years and said the showcase is beneficial for Lansing residents.

“It’s a place to showcase the programs and the wonderful things we have going on in the Lansing School District and our schools,”  Stepter said.

The event also included performances and presentations from K-12 students across the district.

“It’s a wonderful place to work and a wonderful city to live in,” said Stepter.