Friday, February 21, 2014

Clare-Gladwin Graphic Arts students work with Mt. Pleasant Area Technical Center to create notebooks

The Graphic Arts students from the Clare-Gladwin Career Center and the Mt. Pleasant Area Technical Center (MPATC) recently shared supplies and worked together to create notebooks as part of their bindery units. 

Each class then donated the books produced to a local group of their choice.  

The Clare-Gladwin Career Center gifted 20 books to Ms. Kemmer’s second grade class at Larson Elementary to be used for the Young Authors program this month. Forty books were given by the MPATC students to Central Michigan Community Mental Health.

“While book binding posed some challenges, like running out of glue, the classes had a great time,” said Clare-Gladwin Career Center Instructor Andrea Boettner.

According to MPATC Instructor Karen Lee, “Collaborating with a neighboring career center was a get experience and opportunity for my students.” 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Area School principal and teacher take the Polar Plunge

Clare-Gladwin Area School teacher Mike Simon and Teacher Melissa Kleiman braved the frigid temperatures as they leaped into the Central Michigan University Rose Ponds on Feb. 15 for the 2014 Polar Plunge. An event made possible by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Polar Plunge raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics of Michigan. Simon and Kleiman raised $480 for the cause.

“The best part of the plunge is seeing how everyone, including the plungers, medical personnel, spectators and volunteers, came together with a positive attitude to support all that Special Olympics stands for,” said Kleiman. “The atmosphere surrounding the plunge was a happy, proud, and uplifting one that seemed to make everyone involved feel accomplished and warm despite the cold temperatures!”

Monday, February 17, 2014

Harrison Women’s Club celebrates Valentine’s Day at the Clare-Gladwin Area School

The Harrison Women’s Club held their annual Valentine’s Day party for the students at the Clare-Gladwin Area School on Feb. 14. They brought candy, punch, and homemade cupcakes to share with the students and staff.

“The Harrison Women’s Club celebrates Valentine’s Day at the Area School every year and provide enough treats and supplies for each classroom to have a party,” said Area School Principal Mike Simon. “They are a great group of people!”

Friday, February 14, 2014

Surrey Township Library hosts Infant-Toddler opportunities; Monthly Infant-Toddler events offered in Clare and Gladwin counties

Surrey Township Public Library in Farwell recently hosted Infant-Toddler Story Time, presented by Great Parents Great Start of Clare and Gladwin counties.

Librarian Gina Hamilton read, "Memoirs of a Goldfish," to the toddlers and their families as they enjoyed goldfish crackers as a snack.

Great Parents Great Start offers monthly community playgroups to local families with infants and toddlers in Farwell, Gladwin, and Harrison. The free events offer parents and children age 0-4 the opportunity to socialize with one another through activities, stories, snack time, and more! For more information or to RSVP, please contact Brandi at 386-8644.

Infant-Toddler Story Time
Second Thursday of each month
11 a.m. - Noon
Surrey Township Public Library

Infant-Toddler Socialization
First and Third Monday of each month
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Mid Michigan Community Action Agency - Gladwin

Infant-Toddler Playgroup
Third Thursday of each month
10 a.m.
Hillside Elementary School

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CTE students earn ServSafe Food Safety Certification

Fifteen students from the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Culinary Arts class have earned the ServSafe Food Safety Certification from the National Restaurant Association.

In order to obtain the certification, students must pass an exam administered by the National Restaurant Association, testing their knowledge on topics covering foodborne illness, contamination prevention, and proper food serving techniques.  

In the state of Michigan, every food service operation is required by law to have at least one person on staff with the ServSafe Food Safety Certification.

CTE Culinary Arts Instructor Heidi Rocha is an approved ServSafe Food Safety instructor through the National Restaurant Association. Students in her class can take the test free of charge by participating in fundraising activities. Typically, individuals pursuing ServSafe Food Safety Certification on their own will pay up to $1,000 for both the training and the exam.

Culinary Arts is one of nine Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered at the Clare-Gladwin Career Center, a program of the Clare-Gladwin RESD. Students spend half of their regular school day in CTE and the other half at their local high school. For more information, please visit