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Student mural installed at Allen Neighborhood Center

An eight-foot graffiti-style mural painted by children at the Reach Art Center was recently unveiled at the Allen Neighborhood Center. The mural showcased the growing farm-to-table movement in Lansing and resulted from a partnership between the neighborhood center and the Capital Area United Way.
According to excerpts from the article:
The mural is an amalgam of five winning designs and was painted on two, 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood, Reach's Joy Baldwin said. Nearly three-dozen teens spent about two months on the project, she said.
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Impression 5 presses ahead with $2M expansion

Impression 5 hopes to inspire more children and families with the marvels of science through a $2 million expansion that will include the new 15,000-square-foot Dart Hall of Science.
According to excerpts from the article:
"The new exhibit area, accessible from the center's riverside entrance, makes way for more traveling exhibits, space for educational programs, a lounge area and restrooms."
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Lansing School District puts Magic on the menu with new food services contract

Hometown hero Earvin "Magic" Johnson will team up with the Lansing School district to provide food services and additional educational programs through SodexoMAGIC—a partnership between Sodexo, Inc., and Magic Johnson Enterprises.
According to excerpts from the article:
"SodexoMAGIC also will create an annual Student Well-Being Grant designed to provide programs and educational activities which improve the quality of life in the district. The new Junior Executive Development program will offer high school students an educational workshop designed to create awareness of career opportunities in corporate, community based organizations, and government."
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Century-old mural discovered in REO Town, preservation plan underway

A giant advertising mural uncovered during the demolition of a building next to the Reach Studio Art Center will be preserved as part of the studio's ongoing expansion into several adjoining storefronts in REO Town.
According to excerpts from the article:
"The mural building went up in 1916 and once housed a Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company store, otherwise known as the A&P grocery chain, Brinkman said.

"That means the mural is 92 to 98 years old."

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More classes, more space on drawing board for Reach Studio Art Center

Reach Studio Art Center is undertaking a bold expansion that promises to beautify REO Town and give talented young artists a safe environment for creative expression.
According to excerpts from the article:
"The center, originally located at 1804 S. Washington Ave, plans to expand to nearly 10 times its current size, going from 1,100 square feet to 9,500 square feet."
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Demolition makes way for new playground at Patriarch Park

Kids and adults will find a new place to play come July as crews from E.T. MacKenzie began tearing down the old wooden play structure at East Lansing's Patriarche Park.
The $576,000 project will reimagine the popular play area at the city's largest park, providing a more accessible, barrier-free design. Construction is expected to start in April.
According to excerpts from the article:
"The project was spearheaded by the Rotary Club of East Lansing. It launched a fundraising drive in early 2012 and has raised more than $407,000 toward the project through community organization and individual donations, as well as a $300,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund."
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Ribbon cutting marks end of St. Johns HS renovation

An area high school recently celebration the completion of building renovations.

According to excperts from the article:

Following an open house at St. Johns High School Nov. 26, a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony in the school’s food commons symbolically marked the completion of the schools building/ renovation project.

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Early childhood programs begin at re-opened Holbrook

The “Little Comets” child care program at the re-opened Holbrook School has begun, and enrollment has exceeded expectations.

According to excerpts from the article:
The program is now up to 107, and a growing waiting list may lead to the opening of an additional classroom, said Breanna Cleeves, the program’s supervisor.

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Waverly board OKs ISD tech partnership

The Waverly School Board has entered into a “hybrid proposal” for technology services with the Ingham Intermediate School District.

According to excerpts from the article:
“Given our situation, we need to do it,” said board member Alan Wright, who is the IT director for the state Senate. “We really need the help and they can provide it fast.”

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East Lansing schools seek $5.3M for technology

East Lansing Schools is proposing a milage for a $5.3 million, 5-year to fund upgrades to security and communications systems.

According to excerpts from the article:
If approved the levy would add 1.25 mills, or $125 annually, to the tax bill of a home with a taxable value of $100,000.
But school officials point out that in the fourth and fifth years of the new millage, if it passes, the overall property tax bill from the school district actually will decline.

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Community music school relocates facility

The MSU Community Music School has opened in a new space on Hagadorn Rd.

According to excerpts from the story:

The school moved because its lease at the previous location on Timberlane Street expired. It then moved to an MSU building, formerly the University Reformed Church.

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Music used as health aid for disabled children

The MSU Community Music School hosts music therapy for disabled children.

According to excerpts from the article:

As a part of the school’s music therapy program, the Capital Area Down Syndrome Association, or CADSA, sponsors a special music session, called Together…Let’s Jam!, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. one Wednesday every month.

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Leslie school district celebrates opening of nature center

A new Leslie School District nature center celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 14.

According to excerpts from the article:
The Russell Miller "Wild 100" was used over time for field trips and various nature-related programs, but without any facilities on site for water or restrooms, the visits were limited

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Parents Have Say in District's $5 Million Technology Upgrades

St. Johns Public Schools is requesting feedback from parents through an online survey regarding in upcoming technology upgrades.

According to excerpts from the article:

That might be an option soon, thanks to a $64 million bond from 2010 that allocated $5 million to technology improvements throughout the district. Extensive renovations - including high speed wireless internet, new telephones, and two-screen projectors in classrooms - have already cost about $3 million.

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Summer construction at schools ongoing as fall nears

In 52 working days 40 contractors are working to complete $14.7 million worth of work to the Charlotte School District.

According to excerpts from the article:
The work, funded by a bond that voters approved in 2010, includes $12.5 million worth of work at Charlotte High School, where a new heating system, new main entrance and office and new science rooms are among the projects. It is here that some of the work began in the spring and will continue over the next year.

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