Online school in Okemos shows resilience to skepticism

For years, the Michigan Connections Academy, based in Okemos, has been offering students and families from all across Michigan an alternative way to attend public school. At this school, children in grades K-12 can learn the state curriculum without having to leave the comfort of their homes.  

“It’s a really great option for kids who don’t function well in a brick-and-mortar school,” said Hannah Schrauben, a kindergarten teacher for the school. The students that her and her colleagues work with include kids with illnesses who cannot leave their home for school as well as high level athletes who devote most of their day to training.  

The children participate in live video lessons or calls with their teachers.

Meridians Winds has international reputation

For more than 30 years, if a mid-Michigan resident has a need for a wind instrument, Eric Satterlee was there to help. His store, Meridian Winds, has seen it all. From a badly broken tuba to the founder of a multi billion dollar industry, Meridian Winds has been there to faithfully serve its community. Meridian Winds Instrument repair was founded in 1984 by Eric Satterlee. Today, he still owns the store.