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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.

One Kiwanis Club, one Meridian: Okemos and Haslett Kiwanis Club are merging together as one

One Kiwanis Club; One Meridian: Okemos and Haslett Kiwanis Clubs are merging together as one

The Kiwanis Club of Haslett meets up on Tuesday mornings at Blondie’s Barn to

discuss the executive board agenda over breakfast, and on Oct. 25, they met to continue their talk about their merger with the Kiwanis Club of Okemos. “The reason for the merger, we lost four of our members to passing away this past year. Then we had three more of our active members become disabled for health reasons,” said Terence Carroll, who is the former secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Okemos. “It was an awful amount of people to lose within a year and we looked at Haslett, and their membership is stable and we thought we’ll just merge.”

The Kiwanis Club is an international organization with more than 5,000 clubs in North America, according to the Kiwanis International website.

Three cool places to visit in Meridian Township

Meridian Township has a variety of attractions to offer its community, ranging from various artworks throughout the township to historical places that are unique to citizens in the area. The township even offers a self-guided walking tour that people can go on to gain historical information on the township. Here are three places that I visited, each listed under the tour guidelines, that citizens of the community or travelers can visit during their stay in Meridian Township. Disco Fish at Wonch Park – Okemos, MI

Meridian Township is a supporter of artwork by displaying artwork all over the

township and recently three “Disco Fish” were installed in Wonch Park. “We just installed them last week,” said Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie.

Watch Focal Point: “Me Too” campaign, inside Little Caesers Arena and more

An inside look into the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Hear how students are reacting to the viral social media campaign, “#MeToo.” The first Costco in the mid-Michigan area opens in Meridian Township. Plus, in honor of the winningest coach in Spartan basketball history, the Breslin Center debuts the Tom Izzo Hall of History. Those stories and more on Focal Point.

The Nokomis Learning Center preserves Great Lakes Indigenous history

The Nokomis Learning Center (5153 Marsh Road) is a Native American nonprofit organization in Meridian Township. It aims to educate people about Native American history and offer resources to Natives. The museum’s educational coordinator Victoria Voges has many roles at the Nokoimis Learning Center. She is the main presenter, curator of the gallery and runs the gift shop. “We are holding up the Great Lakes Indigenous history and the art and culture both past and present day of the contemporary times,” said Voges.