HOLLY, Michigan – Staff and students of Holly Elementary School pulled out all the stops on Wednesday as they celebrated “Leadership Day,” a day in which the school touted it’s Leader in Me school status, and showed nearly 60 teachers, administrators, community leaders, state officials, and others what they have learned, and how successful the program has been in its first year.
Holly Elementary School Principal, Franklin Cox, said he was tipped off about the Leader in Me program last year by soon-to-be Superintendent, Dave Nuss. Cox and a group of teachers and parents traveled to Leadership Day at Beaumont Elementary School last spring, and soon after, got the ball rolling in Holly.
Last year, Holly Elementary School was one of 60 schools in North America to receive a $50,000 grant for the Leader in Me program, through the I Am A Leader Foundation. The funding, Cox said, will be used for Leader in Me training over the next few years.
ST. LOUIS, Missouri - Matthew Hoskins, a senior at Holly High School, was recognized for receiving a FIRST Robotics scholarship from Kettering University during FIRST Nationals in St. Louis, MO, April 26. Hoskins’ team competed at Nationals April 25-27 in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
“In FIRST, you’re building robots but you’re also building friendships,” Hoskins said. “I want to work in biomedical engineering and work with prosthetics, and FIRST has been good preparation. I want to help people.”
FIRST scholarships, totaling $22,500 over 4.5 years of school, are awarded yearly by Kettering University to future Kettering students who participated in FIRST, submit two letters of recommendation and write a one-page essay highlighting their leadership skills and how FIRST helped prepare them for a professional career path.
HOLLY, Michigan – In honor of Michigan’s Reading Month, Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson stopped by Holly Academy Thursday morning to read a favorite book of hers to Holly Academy kindergarten students.
Before getting started, Johnson talked about Michigan, and even shared a picture she had taken atop the Mackinac Bridge. “That’s me popping through a port hole at the very top of the bridge,” she said pointing to a blown up photograph. “As you can see, it’s quite a view from up there.”
Johnson solicited the help of kindergartener Isabel Banks, 5 as she then read Helen Palmer's, “A Fish Out of Water,” to the group.
HOLLY, Michigan – Students attending Holly Area Schools' Respect Program were in for a treat today after Metro North Federal Credit Union employee, Ashley Asbury stopped by to deliver a basket full of “Signing Time” videos, especially for the students.
Through bake sales and other fund raising events, NMFCU employees raised enough money to purchase the gift basket containing more than 10 Signing Time videos, and some microwave popcorn for the kids.
“We made a list of what we would like to donate, compiled it and we vote on it,” Asbury said of the organizations choice of charities. In addition to the HAS Respect Program, NMFCU is also gifting the Kaleidoscope Foundation.