By Aundreana Jones-Poole
Holt Journal Staff Reporter
Families in Holt are finding relief during the holiday season and beyond through a local non-profit organization. The Give-A-Kid Projects, which first began as just Give-A-Kid-A-Coat, was started in 1984 and has since expanded out to Give-A-Kid-A-Christmas, Give-A-Kid-A-Backpack, and Give-A-Kid 360. It serves many children who live in or attend Holt schools. Last year 453 children were served by the Christmas program and 898 adults with a household items store. “Right now we are predicting that we will surpass what we did last year; so what we really need is for people in the community to adopt a family,” said Kris Hummel, President of the Give-A-Kid Projects.
Holt Public School District’s student count was down 87 students from last fall’s 5,811 students said Jan Dodge, pupil accounting and data coordinator of the Holt Public School District’s curriculum office. Michigan school districts statewide underwent count day on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014, through which Holt Public Schools counted 5,724 students. Because of the count drop, the Holt Public School District will receive less state aid than last year. However, the district will not have to cut resources and services because of accurate budget estimates and financial planning, said Dodge.
HOLT—Three candidates are running for two seats on the Holt School Board. The candidates are James (Jim) Erwin Pierce, Jeana McKee and Lori Murphy. The seats are for four years. McKee and Murphy are incumbents. Jeana McKee is running for her third term on the board.