December 23, 2017 5:45 am
Board approves new flooring, donations - News - Hillsdale.net - Hillsdale, MI - Hillsdale, MI
HILLSDALE The Hillsdale Community Schools Board of Education approved the expenditure of $22,538 from the district's building and site fund to replace the flooring in four classrooms over the Christmas break, during Monday night's meeting.
Superintendent Shawn Vondra said the flooring in the four classrooms was simply worn out.
The replacement of the tile and carpet is an ongoing effort to replace the flooring in all four buildings as needed.
"There is always a need to update and replace flooring in the district annually," Vondra told the board.
Those rooms which will receive new floor coverings include the band room at Davis Middle School, two rooms at the high school and one at the Bailey Early Childhood Center.
During the meeting the board also approved several personnel issues including the resignations of two long time employees. Kuhn has been with the school system for 23 years.
The board also approved several donations including $2,837.66 from the athletic boosters for the purchase of iPADs to be utilized by the coaching staff and players at the school. It will allow athletes and coaches to review game film.
The athletic boosters also donated $1,800 toward the purchase of a new ice machine for the athletic department.
Other donations included:
$5,000 from the Hillsdale County Community Foundation for the HHS Interact Club.
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December 23, 2017 5:33 am
TAMU Bush School launches new Center for Non-Profits and Philanthropy TAMU Bush School launches new Center for Non-Profits and Philanthropy
The Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service has a new center focused on just that.
"Our focus will be on research, engaged learning and developing the capabilities of non-profit organizations," said Kenneth Taylor, Texas A&M Bush School of Government Professor of Practice. The continuation of internships and a deeper dive into research for students as well too that are going on to work within the public sector and non-profit organizations," he said. "This is actually part of the strategy to deepen the scope and the national ranking of Bush School, particularly the non-profit management program," Taylor added.
He says the center will help with things including best practices, working on business models and giving future leaders a better understanding of how board rooms and non-profits work.
December 23, 2017 5:11 am
Grant Lawrence brings Smugglers to the Cove
Jill Barber and music buddies helping out author on tour
Grant Lawrence and Friends: An Evening of Stories and Songs featuring some of the North Shore's best musicians, including Craig Northey from the Odds, Dustin Bentall, the Smugglers acoustic (featuring Adam Woodall and Nick Thomas) and multi-Juno nominee Jill Barber. For more information and to reserve tickets visit grantlawrence.ca.
The difference between a book tour and a rock and roll tour, says Grant Lawrence, can be summed up in one word: appreciation. On a rock tour, you are typically met in a urine-soaked back alley by a club manager who couldn't care less that you'll be filling his venue with art and patrons.
The CBC broadcaster, author and former frontman for The Smugglers still gets a kick out of reminiscing about those back alleys and even re-living (to some degree) the touring with his bandmates by getting back on stage. His wife, musician Jill Barber, will also perform, accompanied by an all star band made up of Dustin Bentall, Craig Northey, Adam Woodall and Nick Thomas.
Lawrence's latest book, Dirty Windshields, delves into his days touring with The Smugglers, and their beginnings at Hillside High in West Vancouver.
"Nardwuar was a few years ahead of me at Hillside, and as Student Council President, he made the executive decision to banish DJ's from our high school dances and bring in live bands," says Lawrence. There was a real athletics focus at Hillside, but it became a weirdly musical school."
Lawrence says that when he decided to dedicate his life to music, his father was none too pleased.
"He said to me, if you insist on flushing your life down the toilet, at least write it down.
December 23, 2017 5:00 am
Vincent de Paul preschoolers examine toys donated by the Learning Journey during a visit to the school Dec. (Tony Gutierrez/CATHOLIC SUN)Gift through CCF provides educational toys
Sans the snow and eight tiny reindeer, Christmas came early for children attending the 29 preschools in the Diocese of Phoenix.
Their teachers each received a significant allotment of educational toys through a Catholic Community Foundation donation to be used in the classroom.
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The couple, whose two children attended Catholic preschool, elementary and high school in the diocese and received scholarships through CCF, wanted to "pay it forward" as their company grew.
In 2014 they were able to start an endowment fund that supports one Christian Service Award every four years.
"We believe that a Catholic education is a gift and we want to assist in making sure that as many children that want to take advantage of that gift can," Debbie said.
David Pederson, senior director of major gifts for CCF, said the Freres have been part of the foundation's programs for many years, particularly through their involvement in the CSA program.
JB Frere from @LearningJourney shows a pre-schooler how to play with one of the toys donated to the classroom at St. (Tony Gutierrez/CATHOLIC SUN)
Both their son and daughter have visited Catholic schools to promote the scholarship program for students.
Pederson said the Freres' generosity to the youngest children attending diocesan schools is reflective of the spirit of Christmas; sharing gifts with family and friends in honor of God's gift to the world His son, Jesus Christ.
"This gift, in particular, is so unique and fun.
December 23, 2017 5:00 am
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