HeART show for Haven

Springfield Plains Elementary School hosted “From the HeART,” an academic service learning project put on by fourth grade students on Feb. 27. Students had their original artwork framed and on display, with proceeds from color reproduction orders benefiting the Haven Children’s Art Therapy Program.

Dog gives third graders a ‘Harry’ good time reading

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Jamie Skorna’s third grade class at Independence Elementary School is going to the dogs. Or rather, dog. Since the start of the current school year, Harry, a certified therapy dog, has visited Skorna’s class on Thursdays to help the students with reading. Jeni Dougherty, whose daughter, Violet, is […]

Ordinance looks to curb vaping

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer With vaping an ongoing trend and now trickling down to schools, a recent ordinance was passed by Independence Township to try and curb vaping among minors. The Township Board voted, Feb. 19, to approve the “Tobacco and Vapor Product” Ordinance – minors cannot attempt to or purchase or […]

Support for coach, community leader

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Independence Township residents mourned Ortonville resident Garrett Frezza after the 36-year-old passed away after he was hit by a car while crossing M-15 on foot, Feb. 26. His legacy will live on. Frezza was the owner and facility manager of GOB Gymnastics and Cheer in Ortonville. He was […]

Poetry Slam showcases fifth graders’ voices

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The fifth-grade poets came out in full force at Bailey Lake Elementary School for the annual Poetry Slam in Carol Barber’s and Anne Martinez’s classrooms, Feb. 27. In each room, students took turns reciting original poems they created. Some rhymed, some didn’t. Some were long, some were short. […]

ALICE safety training for students

School-shooter-response program alarms parent BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Teachers and staff were recently trained in the worst-case scenario, an active shooting in a school. Starting next week, students will be, too. “It’s just a shame that in today’s environment we have to do this,” said School Board President Elizabeth Egan at the […]

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