Passing With Es

“You should be grateful for your sight,” said Olivia Essebaggers as she checked out the boxes, rows and letter Es in a vision screener.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

In a tiny room back behind the office at Leonard Elementary, the Titmus V3 waited for students. On only the third sunny day of the year so far, Lisa Arden — a vision technician with the Oakland County Health Division — tested students with the Titmus vision screener. Continue reading “Passing With Es”

The Impact of an 11-Year-Old Girl

Three of the many organizers of Athens Charity Week; Nina Como, Joey Stark and Aubreigh Wachowski show their support for Jenna Kast.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

You may have seen the shirts or jerseys around town, at a local restaurant, on the football field.

J. Kast, 24, W.E. Believe in Miracles

It’s all about a young girl who left Troy and this world far too soon. But she also left an unforgettable mark. Continue reading “The Impact of an 11-Year-Old Girl”

Super Reading Powers

Wass Elementary kindergartner Cristian Petrous activates his Super Reading Power in a “secret hideout,” while third-graders Evan Dow and Marco Iaquinto listen. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Kindergarten teacher Amy Kendall walked around the room in a cape and mask, spraying Whisper Power Activator. Thus, three classrooms at Wass Elementary were transformed into super power lairs. Continue reading “Super Reading Powers”

Prepping for Charity Week

Athens High freshmen Ella Cavellier and Jaclyn Hermiz paint a poster for the school’s upcoming Charity Week. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

With a little over a week to go, Athens High School students gathered on the floor after school to paint posters and prep for their upcoming Charity Week. This year, the proceeds will benefit The Jenna Kast Believe In Miracles Foundation, named after a student who would have graduated from Athens in 2017. Continue reading “Prepping for Charity Week”

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””