— To Precision Plumbing, which recently donated $1,000 to the Students in Transition Empowerment Program at Traverse City Area Public Schools. The program helps students in uncertain home situations.
"$1,000 can go a long way when we're talking about basic needs," said TCAPS STEP coordinator Abigail Jordan. The donation will help the program supply students with needed items like socks, underwear, hygiene products, blankets, bus passes and tents, she said.
Each student receives an individual assessment to determine how the program can best help them achieve a more stable living environment so they can complete their studies.
— To community members who offered housing after a call for help. About 60 people offered up rental spots after the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in March said it didn’t have enough housing for its summer help.
The Lakeshore was looking for about 25 spots for all the park rangers, natural resource maintenance people, interpreters and fee collectors that are hired for the park each year.
“We got quite a response,” said Merrith Baughman, chief of interpretation and visitor services for the National Lakeshore. “That was wonderful, that the community opened up their homes.”
— To Natalie Bigley, who hit five home runs as Frankfort swept Bellaire 15-0 and 16-2 on the softball diamond Friday. Two of those were grand slams.
Bigley hit home runs in three consecutive at-bats of the nightcap, blasting a grand slam in the second inning and two round-trippers in the Panthers’ 10-run fourth frame, including a second grand slam.
“Some days things align correctly,” Frankfort coach Mike Thompson said, “and the ball looks as big as the moon.”
— To more than 150 kids who enthusiastically took to the fog-covered beaches and forests near the Mission Point Lighthouse to brighten the area.
Kindergarten through sixth-grade students at Old Mission Peninsula School took part in Better World Day, a national service projects initiative through the school’s EL Education curriculum program. They, along with several teachers and adult volunteers, spent two hours cleaning up in between hikes and dance breaks, all while applying what they’ve been learning in the classroom.
“If no one really cleaned up our world, we wouldn’t have clean air or clean water or trees,” second-grader Catherine Boudreau said.