Pelts, Not Pellets

Working hard for the money, er, pelts, Elyse Lazrabo sold chocolate pretzels, “one for one beaver pelt, four for three beaver pelts and seven for five beaver pelts” at Wattles Elementary School. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Brownies will set you back one beaver pelt each. Paper plate creations will cost you one or two pelts. Hair clip wrist bands run about three beaver pelts. And for each origami creation, it’ll cost you four. Rice Krispie treats are two pelts each and getting your nails done is four, but if you decide to spring for both, you get one beaver pelt off.

Confused? You’re not alone. Initially, we thought kids were trafficking in beaver pellets. Continue reading “Pelts, Not Pellets”

Bee Prepared

The Leonard Elementary Geography Bee came down to two finalists on Wednesday, fifth-graders Achyudt Venkat and Gautham Veettil.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

We don’t want to give away any of the questions — or for that matter, any of the answers — but right off the top, the very first query of the Leonard Elementary Geography Bee was about a certain state that had both an upper and a lower peninsula. Continue reading “Bee Prepared”

“I marched with Dr. King”

He came with his grandson, great-grandson and family. They had some breakfast, watched a presentation about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., then his family went into the gym to help out during the service day.

He’s 93 and his name is Albert Boswell, a veteran of World War II — an engineer in the European campaign. Continue reading ““I marched with Dr. King””

Diversity Club

“It took me two years to start this club. It means a lot for me. I just wanted to create a safe space in the school where everyone’s accepted and to make the school safer for everyone. I’ve noticed that it’s brought more people together, even sixth-graders. We’re actually about stopping bullying and having a safe space for everyone no matter what race, gender, sexuality, religion, anything.” Eighth-grader Red Scanlan Continue reading “Diversity Club”

Afternoon, After The Bell

The Larson Middle School cheer team practices their stunts in the cafeteria and auditorium after school lets out. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

When the bell rings and the busses come and cart kids away, school life doesn’t just cease. Larson Middle School is a perfect example of the hubbub of activity that takes place when school lets out. Continue reading “Afternoon, After The Bell”