Today Escanaba hosted its second major First Robotics event. It was great to see so many people in our community come out to support our students, as well as students who hailed from other teams. Not only is this program outstanding for inspiring students' problem-solving and innovative skills, it is a chance for students to work together in groups! This is education at its best and I am so proud that we have had amazing teachers, principals, and volunteers in our schools leading our students along this path. I am also very thankful for the Delta County Chamber of Commerce as well as the various businesses who have supported not only this event, but the student teams as well. How wonderful it is that we have professionals in the engineering field working with our kids elbow to elbow! Thanks everyone!
A partnership with the Community Foundation of Delta County, the Elks, and the GFWC has helped to provide funding for our school district to provide supplemental food over the Christmas/New Year's holiday break as well as over the upcoming Spring Break. Our school social workers, teachers, and principals identified 119 students who would benefit from this assistance. The Food Service Department, led by Nancy LaFave, organized the food and packed it up in boxes for families to pick up at their students' respective schools. We know that many of our students depend upon our school breakfast and lunch programs, and these long breaks sometimes prove to be a challenge. Last summer, we also launched a "Summer Feeding Program" at the Upper Elementary. This program, at no cost to the district, provided "free lunches" to any student (K-12) who showed up on Monday-Friday for 8 weeks last summer. We intend on running the program again this summer, and additionally hope to provide a "mobile" lunch at the high school site. Thank you to everyone who has made this effort such a success!
Here are some pictures of our team packing food for students to utilize over spring break:
I was thrilled to be able to sit in on the American Association of University Women's annual "Speech Trek--the M. Jean Jokipii Memorial Speech Contest" last week. The Escanaba Chapter hosted this event and we had a good showing of EHS Students taking part. The theme was "How to be a Change Maker Against Bullying, Sexual Harassment, and Violence." I thought it was a perfect compliment to what we are doing in all of our schools! We have had Challenge Day, as well as continue to have a "Be the Change Team" at the Junior and Senior High Schools. The AAUW event further strengthens the net we are trying to cast to make sure all students feel comfortable and safe.
While each of the students did a fabulous job representing themselves and their schools, we did have one Escanaba student "place" in the competition. Brianna Allen, a senior at EHS won second place. We are all very proud of her and hope that she and the other contestants continue their strides to be a "Change Maker" in their schools and communities!
I was recently notified of a dire need for foster families in our area. If this is something you might consider, please see the notice below from the Delta County Department of Human Services. Thank you!
ATTENTION: Delta County and the State of Michigan continue to have a significant need for licensed foster homes for children who have been abused or neglected, removed from their parents’ homes and placed into foster care. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact:
In case you have not seen the latest edition of the Eskymo Update, here is a little background information in this short blog post!
Back in 2009, we knew we had to do more to help our parents and community know about the latest news in our district. Along with blogs, radio commercials, and media releases, efforts were made to put together a district newsletter. Our leadership team members work together to write short articles as well as to submit pictures. Bob Viau, our technology director, formats the information to create a colorful and appealing newsletter that helps showcase the Escanaba Area Public School District. It is truly a team effort, but he makes it look great!
Homecoming week at the Escanaba High School is always a great time for our students. Today it became even better because it brightened up the day for residents of Christian Park Nursing Home. This has been an annual event for several years. Normally the high school band marches over to the home to perform as well, but today it rained too hard! The tailgate party STILL went on however with cheerleaders, football players, band members etc....doing some "spirit raising" on their own!