10-24-2019 School news & calendars

HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL “Students of the Week” for Oct. 14 – 18, 2019 (from the left) are: 9th Grade – Jorge Liborio-Davila, student of Mario Liborio & Maria Davila; 10th Grade – Sergio Aguirre, student of Gerardo & Nora Aguirre; 11th Grade – Angellee Kraemer, student of Donna Morway; 12th Grade – Jessica Huaracha, student of Gustavo Huaracha & Blanca Rivera. Congratulations to these “Students of the Week” and keep up the great work!

Sunday is last day to register for 2020 Hartford royalty contests

The Hartford Pageant Organization is looking for all youth interested in becoming a member of their 2020 Royal Court of Honor. This includes those ladies and gentlemen looking to compete for the title of Miss Hartford or Mr. Hartford 2020. Miss Hartford and Mr. Hartford contestants must reside within the City of Hartford or Hartford Township, and be between the ages of 17 and 19 as of March 16, 2020, to be eligible to compete. In terms of all other royalty, the date of eligibility to compete is the contestant’s as of January 1, 2020. They must also reside in the City of Hartford or Hartford Township, or attend Hartford Public Schools. To compete for the crown of Miss Teen Hartford, contestants must be between the ages of 13 and 15. Contestants in the Miss Jr. Teen Hartford contest must be between the ages of 10 and 12, while Little Miss Hartford contestants must be between the ages of 6 and 9. On the boy’s side, Little Mr. Hartford contestants must be between the ages of 6 and 10. The last day to register is at the first practice on Sunday, Oct. 27 in the Hartford High School Auditorium. Little Miss, Little Mister and Junior Teen practice is from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Miss Teen practice is from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and Miss Hartford practice is scheduled from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. The 2020 Miss Hartford Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 in the high school auditorium. For more information, or to register as a contestant, please contact Amanda Williamson via email at hartfordpageantorg@gmail.com. The Hartford Pageant Organization can also be contacted on their Facebook page.]

Free youth mental health first aid course offered

Community members are invited to attend a series of free youth mental health first aid training courses on Monday, Nov. 11 and Wednesday, Nov. 13. Both classes will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in classroom A and B at Lakeland Hospital Watervliet, located at 400 Medical Park Drive. Participants must complete both four-hour sessions to obtain certification. The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents and teaches participants how to assist young people experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves. Training reviews typical adolescent development, teaches a five-step action plan to help young people in crisis, and helps participants understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. A training manual and certification is provided upon completion. Preregistration is required; call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

Free pre-diabetes class in St. Joseph

Spectrum Health Lakeland is offering a free program designed to help anyone with higher-than-normal blood sugar levels learn about lifestyle changes which may help them avoid or delay the onset of diabetes. The class will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pharmacy Conference Room at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. During the first hour of the program, a registered nurse will guide attendees through the disease process of diabetes and introduce healthy lifestyle changes. The final hour will be spent with a registered dietitian who will suggest meal selections that can help you maintain health and manage weight. This program does not require a physician referral. Pre-registration for this free class is required, and class size is limited. For more information or to register, call 269-556-2868.

CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY… Chemical Bank volunteers spruce up the concession stand at Watervliet High School as part of Chemical Bank Cares Day on October 14. Coloma Public Library was also a recipient of the service-related initiative by a team of Chemical Bank employees.

Concession stand at WHS benefits from Chemical Bank Cares Day