District elementary schools receive $500 grants


STANDISH-STERLING SCHOOLS — Covering some sections of curriculum will be a little bit cheaper for Sterling Elementary and Standish Elementary after each school received a $500 dollar grant from the Exxon Mobil Corporation and Dore Stores.

“We’re (Sterling Elementary) going to use it on classroom presentations for a historical reenactment of Michigan history in the classroom,” said Sterling Elementary Principal Clinton Potts. “We cover Michigan history every year. … It’s part of the fourth grade curriculum.”

Potts says a reenactor will conduct a presentation highlighting the logging industry in Michigan.

“The guy actually stays for the whole day. … He’s quite a character,” Potts said. He added the presenter talks and dresses authentically, tells stories and shows old logging tools and artifacts.

Standish Elementary is using its grant for something slightly less flashy, but necessary nonetheless.

“We buy books with them (grant funds),” said Standish Elementary Principal Roger Fritz.

Fritz says the books are tools for the school’s reading program, which takes students through five levels of reading throughout the span of a school year. He added that with more money for more books, there’s a greater chance of student proficiency in reading.

“It ($500) allows for more materials,” he said. “The more materials we can put in kids’ hands, the more successful they are.”

This is the twelfth year the two elementary schools have received the funds from Exxon Mobil and Dore Stores.


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