East Lansing Public Library offers spring break program

Puzzle pieces clicking together and dice clattering on tables were drowned out by the sound of children’s chatter. East Lansing Public Library created an alternative to vacationing this spring break for kids in the area. Youth services librarian Eva Weihl has been with the library for three years. She said this weeklong spring break program has existed for as long as she has worked there. “All of these events are self-directed and drop-in,” said Weihl.

Asian Culture Club unites Okemos High, community

 

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.

Diversity, over test scores, attracts parents to Lansing schools

In the Lansing school district, 75 percent of the student body is made up of minorities, according to the 2017-2018 Racial Census Report from the Michigan Department of Education. On the outside, this diversity has allegedly been the reason for low test scores and low graduation rates. Those who look deeper, however, see the importance of immersing children in a diverse, communal environment at a young age.