Okemos schools have a long running reputation of being a top quality school district. “The reputation was outstanding and still is,” said Dean Bolton, president of the Okemos Board of Education. “My wife and I chose to live in Okemos solely based on the school system.”
However, parents are still nervous to send their kids off to school there every day. Kristen Brooks is a mom of two students in Okemos schools and is a founding member of the steering committee for the Secure Our Schools Organization. This organization promotes to keep doors locked while their kids are inside every day.
These people are running to be state representative for Michigan’s 69th House District, which includes East Lansing, Haslett, Okemos, Williamstown Township and Locke Township. Rep. Sam Sing, D-East Lansing, is finishing his third term representing the district. The primary election is Aug. 7. The candidate biographies are below.
The ACC is the Asian Culture Club at Okemos High School. The organization brings all races together and volunteered in the Chinese New Year celebration at Meridian Mall. Although the organization’s members are just high schoolers, they bring positive energy to their high school and to the community by welcoming everyone together for equality, and learning about one another. Gaelin Zhao is the president of the Asian Culture Club and is currently a junior at Okemos High School. Since joining ACC his freshman year, he’s enjoying being a part of the organization.
Meridian Township is preparing for Earth Day on April 22 with multiple events to promote taking care of the earth. The Harris Nature Center (HNC) will be hosting three events that weekend. On April 21, the HNC will host the first stewardship morning of spring and the songbird next box workshop. In addition, the Meridian Township regional recycling event will take place at Chippewa Middle School at 9 a.m. The stewardship event begins at 9 a.m. and the workshop starts at 2 p.m.
“There are a couple things that we do at stewardship mornings,” Harris Nature Center Coordinator Kit Rich said. “We might remove invasive plants along the trails, do trail work, which is putting down wood chips, and helping the habitat meadow area, depending on what needs to be done.”
The program runs once every month through October.
LANSING – Uber has taken its freelance-driver service a step further by helping hungry customers receive food from over 50 area restaurants. Customers can now use the same Uber account they use to hail rides to customize food delivery and track their orders. Uber Eats in Lansing is offering delivery to neighborhoods including East Lansing, Waverly, Southside, MSU and Okemos.
The app is free to download and is user-friendly just like the ride portion of Uber’s business. Customers pick a participating restaurant, choose their meal, type in the delivery address, pay with a card on file, and receive their meal within the time provided.
The Okemos board of education voted to lock all the doors on the district’s public schools. The idea of putting locks and buzzers on the doors was initially thought of in the fall, however it became more urgent by the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and more recent bomb threats at Okemos High School and Nexus Academy.
For students struggling with bullying or any sort of issue in their school or community, OK2SAY is a confidential tip line in which students can confidentially submit their tips regarding themselves, a fellow classmate, or someone else they know.
On March 20, the township board discussed the possibility rezoning of the Okemos neighborhood, the Sanctuary, on March 20. Jim Giguere, the owner of the property and of Giguere Homes, would like to rezone the property so that it can handle more homes. Giguere’s goal is to provide more homes close to Okemos High School, while still preserving the wetlands. The wetlands off of Hulett Road is currently a R.R. or rural residential, and Giguere is requesting to change it to a R.A.A. or single family-low density. Currently, Giguere has the right to build seven houses on the land.