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Nine Allendale Public Schools teachers have been awarded Allendale Public School Foundation grants totaling $2150. Teachers were invited to submit proposals for mini-grants to try out a new idea or buy the "extras" for an existing lesson plan or project. The grant funds can only be used for capital supplies.
Michigan College Month was launched to ensure every graduating high school senior submits at least one college application and has applied for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the end of the month. Special focus is placed on assisting students who would be the first in their families to attend college and students who may not have otherwise seriously considered applying to college. The program emphasizes the relationship between applying to and paying for college, and helps break down some of the most complex and commonly cited barriers to attending college.
Allendale High School theater director Shawn McMaster had trouble finding scripts that offered a balance of cast roles that often have more girls than boys. So Mr. McMaster used his summer break to write and script this year's fall play, "Sweet! The Nutcracker vs. the Mouse King." His play is loosely based on the novel "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written in 1816 by E. T. A. Hoffman.
November 11 - 18 is "Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week"
No one should have to worry about having food to eat or a place to live. The reality is hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect many people every day, including students in Allendale Public Schools.
To raise awareness and assist families in need, the school district is observing "Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week" November 11 - 18.
Here are some quick facts regarding Homelessness in Ottawa County & Allendale:
- In 2016, over 1100 Ottawa County students were considered homeless.
- There are currently more than 40 Allendale students listed as Homeless or living in Transitional Housing.
- The average age of a homeless person is nine (9) years old.
- Ottawa County has only three emergency shelter service providers. They will not take unaccompanied youth until they are 18 years old.
"Allendale Public Schools staff are dedicated to ensuring students are receiving the resources they need to make education a priority, and not impossible," says Kari Wiersema, Student Support Services Coordinator for Allendale Schools.
The Allendale Public School Foundation is honored to announce the Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2017: Zack Hill '09, a record-setting track & field athlete; Senator Arlan Meekhof '78, Michigan State Senate Majority leader; Ken Pierce, retired Allendale teacher, counselor & 40+ year coach; Mark Schmidt '97, founder of BizStream, an award-winning web/software development company located in Allendale; Patti Benedict Townsend, '89, a record-setting softball athlete & coach.