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Published June 8, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — It’s hard to imagine a better way to close out high school.

First, Noah Suitt joined his fellow seniors during Lamphere High’s Clap Out May 26 — a tradition where the band leads the seniors out of the school for the last time, while the underclassmen line the halls and cheer them on. Then, once he was outside with his friends, laughing and crying over all the great memories, he was called back into the school.

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Published June 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Georgie Abbey’s opinions on abortion were reinforced after making an award-winning documentary on the contentious subject.

The Royal Oak High School senior interviewed clergymen, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and students, and utilized C-SPAN footage in her short film.

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Published June 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Building character for fifth-grader Farrah Ardwin involves a laptop, moviemaking software iMovie and an eye for detail.

The Addams Elementary School student recently was asked by Spanish teacher Shannon Bowman to produce a short movie detailing the building’s new Family Circles character-building program.

The movie is scheduled to be shown before the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education June 9 to demonstrate the program, which Bowman and Addams Principal Joseph Youanes started this year.

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Published June 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Expanding the program for the summer of 2016, Lake Shore Public Schools will continue to offer free summer meals to any child.

Because of construction expected on Masonic Boulevard this summer, the Michigan Department of Education Summer Food Service Program is moving from Masonic Heights Elementary to two other schools in Lake Shore Public Schools this year: Violet and Rodgers elementary schools.

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Published June 8, 2016

WALLED LAKE — It’s graduation season, and 20 Walled Lake Western High School students recently received not one, but two diplomas. 

Among those 20 were 18-year-old Sonja Allen, of West Bloomfield, and 17-year-old Kyle Crawford, of Wixom, who spent their junior and senior years exposed to a rigorous curriculum through the International Baccalaureate program. 

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Published June 8, 2016

WARREN — When students in the Southwest Macomb Technical Education Consortium automotive technology program at Fitzgerald High School return to summer school and later in the fall, they will notice some new equipment.

School officials are set to receive a HawkEye alignment system. The machinery features WinAlign software to fully integrate the functions of the console, sensor and lift into one highly efficient alignment system.

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Published June 7, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Due to work and family obligations, Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education Trustee Lois Valente has announced her resignation from the school board effective June 30.

Valente’s original term expired in December of 2015, but due to a change in the election cycle, another year was added to her term. Valente was elected in November 2011, with her term starting Jan. 1, 2012. Her current term would have ended Dec. 31 of this year. 

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Published June 6, 2016

Utica Community Schools students who are interested in teaching the next generation recently gained experience in the skill of writing children’s books.

Karen Chaffee, instructor for Henry Ford II High School’s Future Educators class, said her juniors and seniors recently penned their own children’s books in her class.

Future Educators classes in the other three main UCS high schools did the same, and the best books were recently honored in a contest, she said.

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Published June 6, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The summer food service program is a way to make sure that kids in the community stay well-fed over school break.

And in the Madison school district, it will start with a neighborhood block party.

The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Madison Elementary, 27107 Hales St. in Madison Heights. This is the second year the district has held a kickoff event, sponsored by the district and United Way.

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Published June 6, 2016

WARREN — Like most young children, Carlson Elementary School second-grader Kelsey Locke has a favorite color: yellow.

If she had to pick a favorite shape, it would be a star. And a bright, golden sun always cheers her up.

But Locke has never seen yellow, a star or the sun. She has been blind since birth.

Locke was born with Septo Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, in which her pituitary gland and optic nerves didn’t develop fully, causing blindness.

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Published June 4, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 3, 2016

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ROSEVILLE — With some of the school’s former students old enough to be grandparents by now, and two generations of children sharing the same caring preschool teacher, parents and children were saddened by the news that Jack and Jill Nursery School would close this month.

First opened in 1964 in St. Clair Shores, the original owner retired in 1979. That was the year another teacher at the school, Fran Timmerman, bought the business.

She’s been educating preschoolers ever since.

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Published June 2, 2016

For the second time in the past three months, Grosse Pointe Public School System officials are addressing an issue involving race at Grosse Pointe South High School that has left many of the school’s students upset.

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Published June 2, 2016

At approximately 8:05 a.m. June 2, police and firefighters responded to Malow Junior High School, 6400 25 Mile Road, after two smoke bombs about the size of a soda can were set off in the cafeteria.

When police arrived, all of the students were in the process of evacuating the building.

Jason Schmittler, acting deputy chief of the Shelby Township Police Department, said police arrested five juveniles — all students at Malow Junior High School — and that the incident lasted less than an hour.

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Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE — After uproar from Ferndale Public Schools officials and local representatives, plans to open a charter school sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University within the Ferndale district’s boundaries have stopped and will not be going forward.

SVSU was to authorize the Victory Academy of Science and Technology, or VAST Academy, before VAST withdrew the application May 19, according to SVSU spokesperson J.J. Boehm.

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Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE — Before Election Day on the second Tuesday of November later this year, there will be an Aug. 2 primary election for municipalities all over Michigan.

One question that Ferndale residents should keep an eye on is a measure that would give the Ferndale School District a sinking fund to help maintain and provide upgrades for the schools in the district.

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Published May 31, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Students from East Detroit High School visited St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit April 29 as part of an “Emergency Department Day” to learn about the emergency room and the work done there.

According to Dr. Margarita Pena, the associate program director for emergency medicine and medical director for the Clinical Decision Unit at St. John, students have been participating in these programs for a few years from Grosse Pointe South High School, but this was the first time that East Detroit students visited.

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Published May 31, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — On May 24, the blacktop at Beverly Elementary became a bustling business where entrepreneurs sold items like pop can planters, Harry Potter-style wands and handcrafted jewelry.

These entrepreneurs were students and alumni of Beverly Elementary who participated in school’s first DIY Festival. Seventy-four student artists preschool age and older created goods in six categories: jewelry, painting, drawing, 3-D sculpture, photography and miscellaneous.

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Published May 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When high school prom and graduation season rolls around, many communities see an uptick in the number of underage drinking incidents.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Michigan Executive Director Tyler MacEachran said underage drinking is the No. 1 killer of teens, and two-thirds of teenage alcohol-related deaths are unrelated to being behind the wheel.

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Published May 27, 2016

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STERLING HEIGHTS — When the Beaumont One: Air Medical Transportation Helicopter crew receives an emergency call, the staff is up in the air within 6-10 minutes and heading to the scene.

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