Michigan-Japan Exchange Program Cultivates Cultural Understanding
by Jaye Beeler
In late June, Eryn Schell left her small community along the Thornapple River to live in Shiga Prefecture, Japan for nearly three weeks. Eryn traveled nearly 24 hours with a cohort of peers from the Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange Program -- an arm of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU.)
An eerie quiet fell over a crowd gathered for the first Barry County Patriot Day Ceremony as everyone listened to the sound of airplane engines fly over Middleville – four planes from the Hastings Fly Club simulating the four planes used in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on America. “Remember one thing from this. Remember this day. Never forget,” said Charlie Pullen as he paused briefly to keep his emotions in check as he spoke to the crowd gathered at Middleville's Sesquicentennial Park Sept. 11.
Donning gloves and boots, and with shovels and rakes in hand, TKHS students tackled cleanup projects in the village of Middleville as part of the Barry County United Way Day of Caring.
Thornapple Kellogg Schools will celebrate homecoming week next week culminating in the Friday night homecoming parade, tailgate festivities and parade.
The Thornapple Area Enrichment Foundation this week is kicking off a donation week for the KickStart to Career savings program for Thornapple Kellogg students. All donations made the week of Sept. 11-15 will be matched one-to-one up to $500 for continued support of the KickStart Program for TK students.
Pete Bailey was surrounded by his first place winning girls softball team when he was surprised with the Andy Saldivar Coach of the Year Award from the Thornapple Area Parks and Recreation Committee.
Thornapple Kellogg Schools is kicking off the school year with enhanced adult and youth enrichment programs and senior programs for those ages 55 and older.