Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 4, 2013

Northern Notes: Student asks for help learning about Mich.

BY STEPHANIE BEACH sbeach@record-eagle.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle

— Kip Van Winkle’s fifth-grade class at Faith Christian School in Kearney, Neb., is doing a project on the 50 states. Each student is studying a different state and sent letters to newspapers asking readers for their help with the project.

Cade is in Mr. Van Winkle’s class and chose Michigan as his state.

“Our assignment is to find out as much about our state as we can,” Cade wrote. “Would you be willing to send me any information about your state? Some examples could be maps, brochures, souvenirs or anything else that would be helpful.”

Mr. Van Winkle added that anything the students receive will be used in the class’ “State Fair” at the end of April.

Any readers who would like to help Cade with his project can send information on Michigan to: Mr. Van Winkle’s 5th-6th grade class/Cade, Faith Christian School, P.O. Box 3048, Kearney, NE 68848.

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Children will receive free books through the Leadership Little Traverse class of 2013’s partnership with the Great Start Collaborative FreeCycle Book Bin program.

The goal of the FreeCycle Book Bin project is to get free books into children’s hands. Families can choose free books from bins at locations where families and young children visit. The colorful bins hold more than 50 books that range from infant board books to advanced chapter books. Since its inception, Great Start FreeCycle has collected and distributed 1,800 children’s book.

Leadership Little Traverse kicked off its partnership with the project by collecting 500 books and LLT will continue to implement book donation sites, facilitate book drives, and collect, process and distribute books across a three-county area that includes Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties.

“Great Start is thrilled that Leadership Little Traverse has chosen the FreeCycle Book Bins as their community service project,” said Maureen Hollocker, class of 2013 LLT member and executive director of Great Start Collaborative. “This project has the ability to get books into the hands of children in our community at virtually no cost, but it does require planning and effort. LLT is helping to take this project to the next level by establishing donation receptacles, sites and a plan for sustainability.”

For more information about the Great Start Collaborative and the FreeCycle Book Bins program, call (877) 866-3714 or email greatstartforkids@gmail.com.

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For the past six years, Northwestern Bank has made year-end cash donations to local food pantries and other charities instead of purchasing holiday gifts for their employees.

In 2012, the bank made a total of $5,500 in donations to 13 charitable organizations that serve northwest Michigan, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan and the Northwest Michigan Food Coalition.

“We’re happy to support the good work of these organizations,” said Leslie Miller, manager of Northwestern Bank’s Traverse City West Bay office. “They provide a variety of much needed services.”