01-25-2018 Letters and Commentary

Enter the Be My Valentine Love

Letter contest and win prizes for your sweetie! The Tri-City Record is sponsoring a “Be My Valentine Love Letter” contest for Valentine’s Day, February 14. On that day a special someone will win a Shawn Mead Photography free spring portrait session and 8×10 print. The winner will also receive a gift certificate to Easy Street Inn in downtown Coloma along with many more gifts from the Tri-City Record advertisers. Selection of the “Be My Valentine Love Letter” winner is made by the staff of the Tri-City Record, based on the contents of a nominating letter submitted on behalf of the candidate. To enter that special someone in your life in the “Be My Valentine Love Letter” contest, simply write a letter to the Editor of the Tri-City Record. In 200 words or less, tell why this person deserves the “Be My Valentine Love Letter” title. Sign the letter and give your address and telephone number (do not forget that special someone’s name). Letters exceeding the 200 word limit will not be judged. Deadline for the letter entry is Friday, February 9, at 12:00 noon. The “Be My Valentine Love Letter” writer will be notified that day and the special someone mentioned in the letter will also be notified by the Tri-City Record. Winning letter and picture of winner will appear in the February 15 edition of the Tri-City Record. All letters submitted for consideration will appear in the Tri-City Record, as space allows, up to and after Valentine’s Day. The Tri-City Record reserves the right to not publish any letter for inappropriate contents.

W.H.S. Post Prom Event in need

Dear Editor, Before we know it, the 31st annual Post Prom Event for Watervliet High School students will be upon us. The event will be held immediately following the prom from 12:30 – 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2018. As in the past, all Watervliet juniors and seniors are invited to attend this SAFE, chaperoned event, regardless of their prom attendance. Last year we entertained approximately 130 students. This year we are planning to have this event at Airway Lanes in Kalamazoo, which is more costly than in the past. We will also be providing transportation to and from this event. The activities for the night will include bowling, laser tag, video games, rope courses, and a late night snack and a light breakfast before returning. While the cost to put on an event of this nature is high, it is worth it to keep our students safe and we can do that with everyone’s help. We depend on businesses both large and small, and on members of the community, anything you can do is appreciated. If you would like to make a monetary donation, it may be done in the form of a check written to Watervliet High School. Those donations can be mailed to the address below: Watervliet High School Attn: Post Prom 450 E. Red Arrow Hwy Watervliet, Ml 49098 If you decide to donate and need our tax exempt number, it is E 38-6000690. If we need to fill out a specific form and apply for a donation another way, please let us know. Thank you for your time and consideration in assisting our efforts with this event. Sincerely, Karla Liles, 269-506-3692 kliles@watervlietps.org Tara Matthews, 269-930-0201 josephmatthews9@aol.com Nikki Priebe, 269-208-6875 priebenikki@gmail.com

Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Tree of Love angels available for pick up

Dear Editor, Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary wants to remind those who purchased angels for the Tree of Love may pick them up at Park Bench gift shop located on the first floor of Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet. The hours they are available in the gift shop are Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. We wish to thank all who remembered their loved ones in this way. Kathleen Blatchford Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary Governor Rick Snyder issues proclamation recognizing Jan. 21-27 as Michigan School Choice Week 877 events and activities in Michigan to raise awareness about school choice; Great Lakes State parents encouraged to look into education options for children during National School Choice Week School Choice Week began in Michigan and across America on Sunday, with the goal of raising awareness about the options that parents have for their children’s education. The week features 877 events and activities across the Great Lakes State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool information sessions, and other celebrations. In addition, a celebration was held on Tuesday, January 23 at the State Capitol Chamber Rotunda. Nationwide, 32,240 events and activities are organized to raise awareness during National School Choice Week (Jan. 21-27, 2018), and nearly 7 million Americans are expected to participate. It will be the largest series of education-related events and activities in U.S. history. The week brings attention to the different education environments that are available for Michigan’s 2.2 million children. For example, families in Michigan can choose from traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. The state also offers tuition-free, public online schooling. Governor Rick Snyder issued an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 21-27 as Michigan School Choice Week. In addition, the counties of Kalkaska, Losco, and Luce and the cities of Byron, Carrollton, Charter Township of Kinross, Charter Township of Royal Oak, Cadillac, Dearborn, Lapeer, New Buffalo, Rockwood, Sylvan Lake, Columbus, Dearborn Heights, Howard, Kalamazoo, Parma, Peninsula, Roscommon, Republic, Ishpeming, Wakeshma, Vienna, Utica, and Zeeland Charter have issued proclamations recognizing School Choice Week in their community. “National School Choice Week is perfectly in line with the work we do, who we serve, and our strategies,” said Randy Speck, superintendent of Madison District Public Schools. “We obviously have our traditional schools, but we have a homeschool population of about 850 students that we provide services for. We also authorize a charter school, have online components that all students can use, and started our own advanced manufacturing training facility for secondary students along with a workforce development program. My entire career before my six years in Madison was in the private school world so I am glad to say I have checked almost every box and love bringing that experience to our work and mission.” Celebrated since 2011, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort. The week is nonpartisan and nonpolitical, and it is not related to any legislative advocacy campaign. “With so many events and activities across Michigan, National School Choice Week provides an ideal time for Michigan families to evaluate the education options available for their children,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.