When the Grand Ledge Comets take the field against Lansing Sexton tonight, the players will be wearing special uniforms. The team has been studying the lives of some 60 Michigan soldiers killed in combat. Each member’s football jersey will bear a soldier’s name in tribute. At the end of the game, those nameplates will be given to each of the veterans’ families.
WKAR’s Kevin Lavery sat down with Matt Bird, Grand Ledge High School head football coach, and special education teacher Beth Boyd. Now in its third year, the school’s “Fallen Heroes” project began as a sort of civics lesson. But Coach Bird says the event has grown to mean something greater, both for the students and the community.
A $105 million development project in East Lansing known as City Center II has fallen apart after close to a decade of work. Now, officials are trying to decide what to do with the prime real estate at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road.
The city will hold public forums tonight and Friday to gather ideas from residents about the next course of action.
Tens of thousands of Michigan State University students are a few days into the new academic year.
At the university's engineering school, administrators contend with one of MSU's highest transfer and dropout rates. But they're hoping a program that combines class work with non-curricular activities will help more students stick with the major.
Teachers unions are already in court trying to block legislation to be signed into law tomorrow (Tue.) by Governor Rick Snyder. It w ill change how public school employees save for retirement and pay for health coverage after they’re done working.
The lawsuit was filed Friday. Teachers unions say the new plan breaks contracts, and they want a judge in Lansing to hold up the new law while their legal challenge plays out.
This Sunday, 13 teams will compete in the second annual Capitol City Dragon Boat Race at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. That’s two more than last year, when the inaugural race was widely seen as a novelty. Dragon boat racing started in China more than 2,000 years ago, and its popularity is growing around the world.
Michigan State University’s presence in the Middle East will take another turn this fall.
MSU opened a branch campus in Dubai in 2008. The worldwide economic downtown coincided with operations there, and enrollment figures never met the university’s goals. Undergraduate programs in Dubai were shut down two years later.
But a master’s program in human resources and labor relations has survived, and a public health program was added last year. Now, the MSU College of Law will soon begin offering two programs at the scaled-back MSU-Dubai.
Tens of thousands of school teachers are preparing to make their way back to Michigan classrooms. A growing number of them are adding something new to their skill sets. Advocates of “formative assessment” say it’s important to continually track whether students are learning material—not just at test time.