Poetry Room inspires Everett High School students

The Poetry Room is a new company that allows people to express themselves with poetry open mics and that is now going to different areas to host smaller open mic nights. Grace Carras and Masaki Takahashi own the Reotown company. It’s located in the Robin Theatre and has events the last Tuesday of every month. Events not only are open mics, but joke telling and musicians. Other workshops have been held at Strange Matter Coffee.

Construction begins at Red Cedar Elementary

Spring is bringing a lot of activity to Red Cedar Elementary. School construction is underway. After a $93.77 million bond millage was passed last May, the construction of Red Cedar Elementary has begun with a groundbreaking ceremony expected soon. At the Feb 12 meeting, the school board awarded a bid of $273,300 to Midwest Wall Company, LLC. The board also passed a motion to authorize Clark Construction reimbursable general conditions not to exceed $162,600 for the renovation project.

In wake of Nassar, Okemos schools add safety to health instruction

After the Larry Nassar episode that shook Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, Okemos Public Schools have taken a look at the lessons and implemented more safety policies. Michigan Child Protection Law mandates reports from professionals about children who have been abused or neglected. However, it is not the responsibility of the staff members to determine what has happened. Child Protective Services investigates incidents have been reported. Background checks have been run on faculty and other participants who have worked with the children.