The naked truth: Nudes and social media

This past March, Frankie Salamida agreed to babysit the social media account of a vacationing high school friend. “My friend was on spring break and texted me and said, ‘Will you keep my Snapchat streaks going for me?’” Salamida, 20, said. “Being a good friend, I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ So I’m on her phone, Snapchatting people for her, and I’m pretending to be her.”

Amidst holiday festivities, Salamida, a political science pre-law major at Michigan State University, decided to test her luck on St. Patrick’s Day by sending a naked photo to another Snapchat user through her friend’s account. “I get the idea that I should send a kid we went to high school with a nude, thinking it’s from this girl, but it’s really me, without her knowing,” Salamida said.

School counselor advocates continuing education advice before high school

By Diamond Henry
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — At the Nov. 9 DeWitt Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting, Herbison Woods Elementary School counselor Teri Severy discussed her attendance at the Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising conference, held in Florida. “It was one of the most exciting things I’ve done in my professional life,” said Severy, discussing her trip. The program’s goal is to try to prepare school counselors to help kids figure out different ways they can continue their education, be it a four-year university or a trade program. “I think many of us have changed careers or added into our careers, educators included, but we want to expose students to career and college opportunities,” said Severy.

Trash, recycling pickup rates raise in DeWitt

By Diamond Henry
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — At the city of DeWitt’s City Council meeting on Oct. 27, the Granger company was present as part of an annual review of its trash-hauling services for the city. Granger has been partnered with the city for recycling and waste management for three years via a public competitive bid, according to city administrator Daniel Coss. Granger services is a Lansing-based company and provides services throughout Michigan and other states. The energy they collect from the waste around mid-Michigan, according to the review, provides 14,000 homes with electricity.

Residents to Bath Township: Use the money you already get, or get it from elsewhere

BATH — Bath Township leaders have a pretty clear idea as to how residents want to pay for community needs: using grants and existing township funds. That’s according to Bath Charter Township’s recently-published results of a community survey regarding the township’s strategic plan. Once sent out to the community, citizens recorded votes and opinions based on the plans and goals given and how to go about them. Citizen results showed that “grants” and “leveraging existing Township funds” were the most popular results as to how to pay for the goals. Ryan Soucy, the Planning Director of the Bath Township Board of Trustees discussed the strategic plan, the community survey and the goals the township is hoping to accomplish.

Getting out of school to study the Bible: released time study is the law

By Diamond Henry
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff reporter

DEWITT — When you think about modern-day public education, religion does not come to mind. In the city of DeWitt, however, that might not be the case. DeWitt Public Schools participates in a program called released time. This program is not school-sponsored, but students in the district are allowed to leave school for up to two hours a month and taken to an off-campus location for Bible study. Not many people are aware of this program.