03-29-2018 Redwood Elementary classroom travels with fictional Flat Stanley; Lake Michigan College o

Redwood Elementary classroom travels with fictional Flat Stanley

Tina King’s classroom at Hartford’s Redwood Elementary School recently completed reading the book about the adventures of Flat Stanley, written by Jeff Brown. In the book, Stanley has an unfortunate accident, a bulletin board falls on him during his sleep. Stanley’s family hears the noise and comes rushing in to find him flat. Although Stanley is not injured, he finds that he is now a Flat Stanley. Stanley uses his new appearance to be helpful in many ways. In the book, his most heroic moment comes when he helps the local museum catch two thieves. Stanley poses inside a picture and is able to alert police when the thieves arrive. After a while, Stanley doesn’t want to be flat anymore, so his brother has an idea – the bicycle pump. The pump works and Stanley is not flat anymore.

King, who is the lead teacher for the Great Start Readiness Program at Redwood Elementary, decided to use the idea from the book when Stanley becomes flat, he is able to visit all over the world. Because Stanley could travel through the mail, he had the opportunity to visit many people. For the student’s project, they decided for Stanley to visit many area people, including a senator, a judge, and a county sheriff, among others.

Flat Stanley ended up visiting the following people: Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, Lansing, MI; Congressman Fred Upton, Washington, D.C.; Judge Kathleen Brickley, Paw Paw, MI; Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott, Paw Paw, MI; Kalamazoo County Undersheriff James VanDyken; Kalamazoo, MI; Dr. Brett Geier, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; Susan DeLeo teacher, Van Buren Intermediate School District, Lawrence, MI; Gil Guzman, El Paso, TX, Hartford Public Schools; Terri DeBoer and Matt Kirkwood, News 8, Grand Rapids, MI; Larry Leffew, teacher, Campbell County, Tenn.; Hugh Kash Smith, teacher, Jacksonville, FL; Christina Pike, teacher, Lima, OH; Mechele Brower and family, the Bahamas.

THIS “KUTE KID” is… Vaeda Ross, daughter of Marissa Long & Clayton Ross of Traverse City. Her proud grandparents are Craig & Amy Long, Don Ross and Laurie Ross. Great-grandparents to Vaeda are Rick & Prue Kiekenapp, Bill & Vonnie Long and Gene Ross.


Lake Michigan College offers  several options for summer learning

Lake Michigan College is now enrolling students for the summer 2018 term. Classes will be held at the Benton Harbor, Niles-Bertrand Crossing and South Haven campuses, and almost 40 classes are offered fully or partially online. Most classes will run ten weeks from May 29 to August 8, to accommodate students who are just graduating from high school or visiting home from four-year universities. Classes are also offered in five, seven and 14-week durations. Class start dates are May 14, May 29, July 12 and July 16. Many four-year university students who are coming home to the area on summer break are registering as guest students to earn credits that count toward their degrees but cost about 50-75% less compared with average university tuition rates. Another draw is LMC’s small class when tackling challenging subjects like anatomy, chemistry or statistics. Other students take summer classes to graduate sooner, or lighten their loads during the rest of the year, especially if they’re balancing school with jobs, family or other responsibilities. For more information call or text (269) 927-8626, or visit www.lakemichigancollege.edu/apply.

Cass & Van Buren counties MARSP to hold annual conference

Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) of Cass and Van Buren counties will hold their annual DVD Conference on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m. The conference will take place at the Van Buren Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw Street in Lawrence. Registration forms are to be mailed to Elaine Fluck and received by March 30. For more information, please contact Jim Vogel, membership chair, Van Buren County chapter of MARSP at 269-657-4954 or jpvogel@yahoo.com.