Williamston couple’s charity helps children locally, in Haiti

Tucked into one of Williamston’s neighborhoods, the Monette house greets you with a large chalk drawing on the driveway and a wall of paint tubes in the garage. Barbara and Dean Monette said they have always loved children, whether it be teaching or simply helping the neighbor kids with painting which started with their own children. To channel that love, the couple created The Monette Children’s Enrichment Fund. The fund became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit about a year ago but the Monette’s have been raising money for about four years. The fund is for promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programs in local schools as well as in Haiti.

Local art gallery hosts ‘Paints and Paws’ with paintings from animals at Potter Park Zoo

by Erin Clifford
Lansing Star staff writer

Colorful pawprints stepped across the canvas in distinct patterns, while the slinking trail of a snake was highlighted with red and green. Animals in Potter Park Zoo have been painting for years, and for the first time these paintings are displayed for the public to admire and purchase until Nov. 20 at the Artisan’s Circle in Williamston. Along with the artwork, other zoo residents visited the store with the assistance of a few docents. The middle room in the store hosted a variety of animals; including a milk snake, southern three-banded armadillo, a ferret and a tenrec.