Meridian Township children head to the polls too

Okemos Public Schools was closed due to Tuesday’s midterm election, but many Meridian Township parents still found themselves on school grounds. A total of 18 children came along with their parents as they cast their votes around noon at Murphy Elementary School. Stacy Liddick brought her children Nicholas and Allison. “We have to make decisions as people who want change,” 9-year-old Alison said. “They need to know that in order to see change, voices need to be heard,” said Liddick.

Backpacks and diaper bags: affording student life and parenthood

AUDIO: Full-time student and full-time parent. Being a college student is already expensive, but imagining being a parent as well. With the rising cost of tuition averaging $12,000 a year, housing, books, along with diapers, baby formula and more, it can be financially overwhelming. For some it can seem impossible to live a balance like that. Yet there’s some that can make it work.

Lack of communication may interfere with knowledge of help-rooms

By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter

GRAND LEDGE — The Grand Ledge School Board had a lack of communication informing parents about the intervention program and how it helps students, but plans to get their support. Failure rates in general education subjects decreased 20 to 60 percent due to intervention at Grand Ledge High School, but members of the board realized that the parents’ knowledge of the help-rooms is vital in continuing the decrease. They plan on educating parents about it, possibly by parent-teacher conferences or by informing the teenagers to tell their guardians about the benefits of after-school help sessions. “There are so many things we offer, but some parents have no idea,” said Brody Boucher, board president. Knowledge

Help-rooms are offered in math, science, social studies and English from 7 a.m., through lunch, and close at 4:30 p.m. — with over 1,000 students attending every trimester in each subject.

Ele's Place coming to Holt Junior High School

By Marlee Delaney
Holt Journal staff writer

Ele’s Place is coming to Holt Junior High School to offer a support group for grieving children, a director from Ele’s Place said March 22. Director of Marketing and Community Outreach Molly Day said the open-ended support group offers hour-long sessions to help children and teenagers deal with the loss of a loved one. Ele’s Place also offers support groups for parents and guardians at its healing centers located in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Lansing. “The parents are obviously dealing with their own grief, so this way they are getting support for themselves as well as support for their children,” she said. Ele’s Place is bringing an eight-week program to Holt Junior High School, starting on April 9.

New state plan increases efforts to cut baby deaths

Capital News Service
LANSING — Michigan has one of the nation’s highest infant mortality rates, and experts are trying to change that by teaching future parents and caretakers about healthy pregnancies and proper sleep positions for newborns, supporting women’s health and reducing unwanted pregnancies. The Michigan Department of Community Health released its “Infant Mortality Reduction Plan” in August 2012, said Angela Minicuci, public information officer. “Infants are dying for many reasons and through the plan we have created, we can reduce the risk for death and the eventual number of deaths in infants within Michigan,” said Minicuci. In Michigan, five out of 1,000 Caucasian babies, seven out of every 1,000 Hispanic babies and 14 out of every 1,000 African-American babies die before their first birthday. “With an average of 7.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2010, that is seven babies too many,” Minicuci said.

Sex education implementation, Lansing School District

By Erica Zazo
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

LANSING – Residents of Lansing gathered Monday, Sept. 17, for a public hearing regarding the non-existent sex education curriculum within the Lansing School District. The Lansing School District is entering its third year without a sex education program. Although not required by Michigan law, parents, teachers and students are in favor of a sex education curriculum.

Patricia Bednarz, LSD nurse and co-chair of the Sex Education Advisory Board, is happy that a committee formed to implement a sex education curriculum.

Michigan study says key to good schools is involvement by parents

Capital News Service
LANSING—More than half of Michigan residents surveyed by Michigan State University said the most important reason schools have struggled is a lack of parental involvement. Big Rapids High School officials say encouraging such involvement is a reason the school was selected as one of the top 20 high schools in Michigan in 2010 by U.S. News and World Report. “It’s important to the community for parents to be involved,” said Tim Haist, Big Rapids Public Schools superintendent. The schools stress those relationships. “A lot of times I use the saying, ‘students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’,” he said, “and in Big Rapids we feel that way.”
It’s been an important factor of the district’s success, he said.