08-16-2018 Coloma Schools to offer free breakfast and lunch for all K-12 students; Donations sought

Coloma Schools to offer free breakfast and lunch for all K-12 students

By Annette Christie The Coloma School Board learned the good news of just one more reason why students and parents should pick Coloma Community Schools for their education. Food Service Director Shelley Mazigian told the board at their Monday, August 13 meeting that all students, grades K-12, can receive free breakfast and lunch. Mazigian said that the district meets all the criteria for a federal program to feed hungry kids. She said that the program will be available for the next four years. The district also had a program over the summer to feed lunches to any school- aged children no matter what district they went to. Superintendent contract; position openings The board finalized the contract with new Superintendent Dave Ehlers. Ehlers is the current high school principal, a job the district is now looking to fill. Ehlers was selected last week following a second interview with him and the other finalist for the position. Ehlers has served in the principal position since 2010. He has also served the Coloma School District as its Maintenance Director since 2008. Previously, Ehlers served as an assistant principal at Coloma Junior High School for five years and as a junior high math and science teacher for four years.

Ehlers’ contract will be for three years and his annual salary will be $116,000. The district continues to look for staff where they have vacancies. All of the positions and the application can be found on their website, www.ccs.coloma.org. The district is looking to fill an elementary teaching position; a high school/ junior high teaching position; two social worker positions; support staff; bus drivers; and the high school principal position.

Dates for start of 2018-19 year Upcoming events include freshmen orientation on August 27; Sixth grade orientation on August 28; K-5 Open House from 4 – 6 p.m. on August 29; and the first day of school is September 4. The district, which is a Schools of Choice district, has had 78 students select Coloma Community Schools for the upcoming school year. The deadline to apply for Schools of Choice is this Friday, August 17.

Donations sought for youtoo. nonprofit based in Hartford; Superhero Mud Run fund-raiser planned at Speedway

Helping kids going through a hard time is what youtoo. nonprofit strives to do. This organization created by Amanda Goss of Hartford makes individual surprise bags to give to amazing kids at the local children’s hospitals. Amanda is a stage four breast cancer survivor and understands what it is like to spend time in a hospital.

FOR A GREAT CAUSE… youtoo. nonprofit collection box was delivered to the Tri-City Record office recently to hold kid-friendly items donated for surprise bags to be delivered to patients in area children’s hospitals. The box was delivered by the organization’s creator Amanda Goss (left) and received by Amy Loshbough from the Record. Helpers that day were Kendra, age 8, and MaKayla, age 6, daughters of Amanda. The next pick-up of donated items is Friday, September 21. (TCR photo by Maryann Worl)

These surprise bags are delivered in what they call “drop offs” every three months. This gives them plenty of time to collect donations and put together their bags. Each bag is sponsored and given to youtoo. nonprofit by their friend and fellow breast cancer warrior, Jessica Ensing. Jessica is a Thirty-One consultant and has people sponsor a bag. Amanda collects the bags and then fills them with donated goods. These goods have to be new and kid friendly. For anyone wanting to partner with them, there are donation boxes located at Soulard’s in Coloma, Hair Innovations and Day Spa also in Coloma, and in Watervliet at The Sidetrack Café and Tri-City Record to collect items for the bags. Items can range from Play-Doh, coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, Lego sets, Hatchimals, and such. The next scheduled pick-up of items from these boxes is Friday, September 21. There is still plenty of time to help. Youtoo. nonprofit is also having an event coming up on Saturday, September 22 called the Superhero Mud Run hosted by Hartford Speedway located in Hartford, Michigan. This will be a fun-filled event and proceeds go towards their upcoming drop offs to the children’s hospitals. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Superhero costume to add to the fun! The 1st Annual Superhero Mud Run will have a “family fun run” which will be one mile and right after is the main event, Superhero Mud Run 5K. The fee for this event is $35; anyone can register whether they run, walk, jog or crawl. Pre-registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and race starts at 9:00 a.m. To register before the event you can visit them on their Facebook page at