Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 21, 2010

Education in Brief: 12/21/2010


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Holiday break activities for kids

TRAVERSE CITY — The Great Lakes Children's Museum will offer a week of holiday break activities.

The activity schedule is: "Feed the Birds: Make Treats for Neighborhood Birds" Monday, Dec. 27; "Flaky Fun: Snowy Science and Crafts" Tuesday, Dec. 28; "Geo Dome Activities" Wednesday Dec. 29; "Wild and Wintery: Nature Crafts for the Season" Thursday, Dec. 30; and "Countdown to Noon: New Year's Eve for Kids" Friday, Dec. 31. Activities are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

They are suitable for children of all ages with adult supervision and are included in museum admission, which is $6 for ages 2 and older. Volunteers and staff also will be on hand to help.

The museum is located at 13240 S. West Bay Shore Drive.

For details, call 932-4526 or visit

'Learn to Skate' clinic fundraiser

TRAVERSE CITY — If you want to learn to ice skate, the Traverse City Combine Varsity High School Figure Skating Team's "Learn to Skate" clinic can provide instruction.

The fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 27-28, at Centre Ice, 1600 Chartwell.

The cost is $6 per skater per day and all ages are welcome. Rental skates are free.

Peninsula Library invites kids to movie

TRAVERSE CITY — Kids are invited to come to the Peninsula Community Library in their pajamas on Thursday, Dec. 30, for a PJ Morning Movie.

Children can enjoy breakfast, a craft and the movie "The Polar Express" at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

The library is located at 2735 Island View Road. Call 223-7700 to learn more.

Nominations for college scholarship

PETOSKEY — The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is accepting nominations for scholarships available to students and recent alumni from community colleges. Current students at North Central Michigan College and alumni who earned a degree at the college since spring 2006 and have not since transferred to a four-year college are eligible.

The initiative, called the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program, awards up to $30,000 annually per recipient to help students and recent alumni from community and two-year institutions pursue four-year degrees at any accredited college or university in the United States and abroad. Scholarships cover tuition, room and board, fees and books.

The application deadline is Jan. 19.

All North Central candidates must be nominated by the faculty representative, Erick Haight, 348-6648.

Central High School receives grant

TRAVERSE CITY — Central High School recently received a grant from the Community Foundation Northwest Michigan Osteopathic Endowment.

The $11,335 grant will be used to support the purchase of an Anatomy in Clay Learning System.

Anatomy/Physiology and AP Biology teacher Pam Tejkl will use the system in various lessons taught throughout her courses.

The learning system provides an approach to teaching anatomy from a different perspective, one that encourages independence, student-centered instruction and will offer students a more three-dimensional and relevant learning experience.

Mancelona program is accredited

MANCELONA — Communities in Schools of Mancelona is the first local affiliate in Michigan and among the first in the nation to receive national accreditation among the nearly 200 local affiliates that comprise the Communities in Schools network.

Communities in Schools of Mancelona has provided programs and services to students and families since 2001.

Its primary goal is to increase graduation rates by bringing caring adults into the schools to address children's unmet needs.

The nonprofit program achieved accreditation by complying with all Communities in Schools Total Quality System (TQS) standards.

TQS standards define expectations for effective nonprofit business practices and for implementing the Communities in Schools model of integrated student support services at school sites.

To learn more, visit the program's website,