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Author: Travis Silvas

CPS Education Foundation awards more than $900 in teacher mini grants

The Charlotte Public Schools Education Foundation announces the release of four classroom mini grants for the 2013-14 school year, totaling more than $900. Grants were awarded to teachers at four different buildings within the district. Charlotte High School special education teacher, Mike Baker received a $270 grant from the William Garvey Memorial Fund for technology needed to post lessons online for students. The lessons will allow students to access geometry lessons outside of regular class time. Parkview Elementary School teachers Abigail DeBack, Diana Bartolacci, Rachael Eye and Tyne Sanders also received a William Garvey Memorial Fund grant in the...

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Senior Center asking community to help reach a ‘Quarter Mile’

As the executive director of a non-profit, Cindy Miller is always brainstorming ideas on how to raise money. So it should come as no surprise when inspiration for the Eaton Area Senior Center most recent fundraiser struck in the middle of the night. Presented with the challenge of raising nearly $16,000 to replace the carpet at the Eaton Area Senior Center, it dawned on her that she knew exactly how to raise the money. She harkened back to her time working for a non-profit in Lansing when she took part in a quarter drive. She had done the math before — a quarter is almost exactly an inch in diameter and there are 63,360 inches in a mile. By collecting a mile of quarters, she could raise $15,830 — almost exactly what is needed to replace the carpet. For the past year, Eaton Area Senior Center has been on a mission to reach that mile, one quarter at a time. “It’s been a lot fun,” Miller said. “It’s been done mostly through people donating their change.” The fundraiser was given a big boost early on through a donation from Eaton Federal Savings Bank, which pledged to match the first $1,000 in quarters donated. Currently, the fundraiser has raised more than $10,000. Donations can be made at the Eaton Area Senior Center, Eaton Federal Savings Bank and Custom Home Interiors....

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Outages continue to affect more than 6,000 in Eaton County

Consumers Energy crews continue to work around the clock to restore power to the more than 80,000 Mid-Michigan customers still without as of Thursday afternoon, including 6,054 in Eaton County. Consumers Energy spokesman, Terry DeDoes said more than 2,900 workers from Consumers Energy, contractors from Michigan and employees from other states were out in the field late this week. “First of all, we want to extend our gratitude to those crews that came from out of state that had to leave their families during the holidays,” DeDoes said. “And, of course our own employees who took time off from family, in many cases forgoing vacations. We also want to recognize the appreciated patience from our customers, who’ve been wonderful.” Heidi Ide was one of those patient customers in Charlotte, still waiting for power to be restored to her house on Thursday. A downed limb in her yard ripped the electrical mast from the home. She said the Charlotte Fire Department had to come cut the lines on Sunday. An electrician restored the mast, but the family is still waiting for power, though many of her neighbors’ power had been restored earlier in the week. “We could be worse off,” Ide said. “At least we have heat. I know some people have had to go without any heat. We are fortunate to have a generator.” Heidi’s husband Greg had to...

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Charlotte youth’s vision for others aided by church family

Seven-year-old Samantha Todd could not wait to step up in front of the entire congregation at Charlotte Church of Christ and share her plan. The Charlotte youth had set a goal of raising $900 for Barry Eaton CASA for Kids to help purchase Christmas gifts this year. Only she needed some help in reaching that goal. Samantha laid out the plan in September and by Dec. 1 the congregation had raised $1,900 for the local non-profit that serves as the advocate for children in foster care due to abuse and neglect. Samantha and her youth class at the Church...

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Olivet students generate enough food to feed 80-plus families

Students at Olivet High School and Olivet Middle School challenged each other to collect the most food to donate the Good Neighbor Program. What a difference a little friendly competition makes. The student bodies of each school collected more than 1,400 items to donate to the program, which is enough for nearly 85 families in the Olivet School District. “The students truly showed that the little town of Olivet has a really big heart,” said Olivet community member Carol Hartman. The Good Neighbor Program, housed at the Olivet Congregational Church, distributed food to community members in need on Wednesday,...

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