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MAPS - Do Parents Make a Difference?

By: Dave Sipka, Superintendent of Montague Area Public Schools
From: http://www.montague.k12.mi.us

Quite often I’m asked whether parents make a difference in a child’s education once they begin school. The person who asks that question usually has to sit through my hour-long sermon on the importance of good parenting and the role parents play in a child’s educational success.

Parents, grandparents and other family members are a child’s first teachers. Scientific and medical studies have shown that the first years of a child’s life, when parents are the primary role models, are the most important in brain development. While the first years of a child’s life play a vital role in later success in life, so does parental involvement during the school years. Children need to know that what they do in school and how well they do are both important to their parents and other family members.

Montague Schools try to set a world record

MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM)- The Montague School District is embracing the benefits of foods grown and made in Michigan.  Wednesday, as part of that effort, the district spent five minutes trying to set the record for the most apples eaten at the same time.  They polished off 1,454 - which should be a new record.  WZZM 13's Jon Mills has more in the attached video report.

Lakeland Library Cooperative to reduce delivery due to state aid reduction

From: http://whitelake.llcoop.org

The value of libraries to Michigan residents once again was illustrated in the August 3 election. Of thirty-two library referenda across the state only two operating millages and one construction bond were defeated. In these difficult economic times Michigan citizens are clearly saying libraries are important to them and they are willing to fund them to maintain library services at the current level.

Local funding operates the public libraries. State aid funding to libraries and cooperatives provides for cost savings and enhanced services through collaboration at the cooperative level. Last October the state budget reduced state aid to libraries by 40%, the single highest cut to any state budget.

5 surprising unbeatens in H.S. football

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The high school football season passed the halfway point last Friday night. A handful of unbeaten teams remain in West Michigan including a few surprises. Highschoolsports.net's "13 On Your Sidelines" rates the five biggest surprises in the first five weeks.

Number 5: The Greenville Yellow Jackets. The Jackets are 5-0 for the first time since 2004 and are averaging 40 points per game. They get their biggest test of the season this Friday against East Grand Rapids.

Number 4: The Montague Wildcats. Yes, they're the two-time defending state champions but after losing the best senior class in program history last year, the Cats have come back to once again be the team to beat in the West Michigan Conference. 26 straight wins and counting.

Volunteering: The Key to MAPS Success

From: http://www.montague.k12.mi.us

Across America, in elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, parents and grandparents tend book fairs and school carnivals, chaperone band trips to parades, staff concession stands at ballgames and stitch costumes for plays.

School systems around the world rely heavily on volunteers and donations in order to run effectively.

Whenever the economy is down, the need for volunteers and resources increases greatly. There are many opportunities available in a school system for volunteers to take advantage of, especially if you have a special skill or trade. Much like the benefits of any type of volunteerism, there are great rewards for the volunteer, student, and school.

There are not many requirements to become a volunteer in the school system.

Howmet Playhouse presents Some Velvet Evening

From: http://www.howmetplayhouse.org
When: Friday, October 1st
Tickets: $10

This honky tonk vocal duo is dedicated to exploring humanity's everlasting fragility. The sultry songstress of swoon, Carrie Shepard, and that smilin' dutch cowboy, John Holk, specialize in close harmony as practiced by the great high lonesome crooners of yesteryear.

This First Friday event was made possible through the generosity of the Olson Family Foundation

This event is part of AH Fest!, the Arts & Humanities Festival of Muskegon County

Montague keeps streak alive against Whitehall

MONTAGUE (WZZM) -- The Whitehall Vikings tried to end the Montague Wildcats 25-game winning streak in the "Battle For The Bell"Friday.

Some highlights: Whitehall's Antwan Burks with the carry up the middle.  Big pickup but the Wildcat defense forced a fumble.  They recovered the ball.  

Later the Wildcats went to the air.  Travis Cockerill went to the end zone and hit Brandon Moore for the touchdown. 

Montague held off the Vikings 23-14 to win 26 games in a row.

Special thanks to our "Hot Shot" Haley Terpenning for providing the highlights.