Bath Community Schools looking into Safe Routes to School program to spur youth exercise

By Zachary Manning
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — Bath Community Schools are looking into implementing a Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program to encourage students to exercise more. According to the SR2S website, the three purposes of the program are to enable and encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school, to make walking and biking to school safer and more appealing, and to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety. “Bath Community Schools supports a number of fitness programs encouraging students to exercise and participate in healthy activities. Safe Routes to School is another program that promotes student health and supports students walking and biking to school,” said Nancy Hawkins, Bath Community Schools board secretary. “It is great to see that the Bath community also supports the program.

Bath schools getting two new sets of wheels

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — The first time your child ever rode the bus to school, did you follow that bus and make every stop with it? It is quite common for some parents to do this because they are nervous about finally sending their child away to school on their own. Over the course of a school year, a bus will endure some punishment — especially here in Michigan. Bath Community Schools has brought some improvement to the transportation of students grades K-12. For the district, there are five buses that they use on rotation, but there has been two new additions of buses.

Bath High School is small in numbers, but large in opportunity

By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — Bath High School has a graduation rate of 87 percent with about 70 percent of those graduates moving on to college, according to Bath High School Principal Matt Dodson. When looking at post-high school life, there are a few options students can look into. If they obtained adequate American College Testing (ACT) scores and were able to earn a sufficient grade-point average (GPA), their first choice may be to attend a college or university, but it takes more than good scores to be prepared for the collegiate environment. “We have a state-approved computer science program and our computer science courses are articulated with Lansing Community College (LCC), so our students get college credit for their high school courses,” said Dodson. “We also run a media production course.”

“All of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) classes and Automated Accounting are articulated to LCC,” said Bath Computer Teacher Gloria Bond. “That means that students who take these classes as a junior or senior and earn an 80 percent get credit for the classes at LCC.

Annual Wild Game Dinner in Bath benefits wildlife, economy

By Laina Stebbins
Bath-DeWitt Connection Reporter

BATH — Bath may be a relatively small community compared to others in the state, but what it lacks in population size it makes up for in natural bounty. The third annual Wild Game Dinner, hosted by the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy this month, will once again highlight Bath’s plentiful natural resources by showcasing local hunters’ contributions to their township while benefiting wildlife conservation efforts. Taking place March 19 at the Bengel Wildlife Center from 6-10 p.m., Bath’s 2016 Wild Game Dinner will feature a silent auction, music and door prizes, a cash bar, and an all-you-can-eat strolling dinner of wild game and other food. Food will be replenished until 9 p.m.

The provisions at these dinners can vary greatly, ranging from relatively standard wild game choices to more exotic ones for adventurous eaters. For this particular event, participants can expect “some bear, venison, some duck, some geese, some lake trout, and a whole list of other different game,” said Kim McKenzie, Office Administrator at the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy.

Discover Bath highlights Bath Township

The event

Bath Township is hosting their first ever “Discover Bath” Thursday, April 26 from 1-4 p.m. at Bath Middle School. The intent of the event is to make citizens from Bath Township and surrounding communities aware of what defines Bath and why it is a great community, said event coordinator Deborah Mercer. Discover Bath will be hosting approximately 50 different businesses, schools, artists, churches, organizations and clubs that are all based in Bath Township. Some Lansing-based businesses interested in participating in the event, however Mercer felt this year should only include Bath-based organizations. “Bath has seen such growth the past several years that many people may not be aware of all the terrific things available in the community,” said Mercer.

Students pay to participate in school sports

By Tiara Marocco
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer
Bath, MI – With the budget cuts affecting schools’ athletic programs, Bath schools have implemented “pay-to-participate” to help their athletics prosper. Many schools in Michigan have experience a drop in funds for extra-curricular activities and athletics. “Pay to participate came about in our district in about 2002,” said Matt Dodson, Bath High School principal, “and it started at $50-75 for the whole year. “We’ve had to raise it to about $100 and that pays for a student to play as many sports they want for that whole school year.”

Keeping it manageable

“Our athletic budget has been cut about 30%,” said Dodson, “so that kind of became a necessity for us to offer the same level of programs without cutting sports.”

All the fees to participate that the families pay all go completely towards the sports programs and extra-curricular activities, said Erik Harrelson, Bath High School athletic director. Bath community schools have found ways to make these payments manageable for families who cannot pay fully right away.

Prohibiting smoking in the parks

By Tiara Marocco
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer

BATH, Mich. – In Bath Township’s efforts to provide a cleaner environment for its citizens, the board passed the first reading of the proposed ordinance amendment to prohibit smoking in the parks. On Monday, October 1, 2012, the board debated on the importance of banning smoking in the parks.  The first reading passed with four votes in favor of the ordinance while three opposed. “The No Smoking Ordinance will become effective November 21, 2012 and will be enforced by our police department on a complaint-basis only,” said Kathleen McQueen, Bath Township Clerk. To support or not to support?

Getting the vote

By Tiara Marocco
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer
October 1, 2012

BATH, Mich.  – With September over, Election Day is a month away and this year, Bath board members are trying to get out the vote. Bath Township is encouraging young people to use their voice and vote. “We’re doing a mailer this week that will go out to a significant amount of our student population that will encourage registration for voting,” said Paula Clark, Bath Township supervisor. Clark, along with other Township Board members, went to the Chandler Crossings apartments in East Lansing, mainly student-populated complex, where they spoke with students about registering to vote. “I am registered [to vote] and plan to vote this year because I feel it is my duty as a citizen,” said local resident, Grace Perry, 20.  “I believe that as long as the younger generation is knowledgeable on the current debate information, there is no reason that they shouldn’t vote because their generation will be even more so affected by this election.”

Not only does every vote make a difference, but voting is also a good experience, especially to those who are doing it for the first time, expressed Bath resident, Rachel Dugan.

Truck-or-Treat attracts large crowd

By Lynne Werner
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer

BATH, Mich. – Bath Township’s annual Truck-or-Treat on Oct. 24 drew in hundreds of children and their families, all decked out in their Halloween best.  Bath Township Parks and Recreation has organized the event for five or six years. The event was held at Bath Elementary School parking lot this year.