Author: Madison Gardner

Evart Elementary 3rd Graders Raising Money for Classmate’s Wheelchair Accessible Swing

Mrs. Hopkin’s 3rd grade class at Evart Elementary is getting a life lesson that couldn’t really come from a textbook. Getting a lesson on friendship, compassion and inclusion. “They have learned how to make plans, how to be leaders in the school – and they really took that with their whole hearts,” says 3rd grade teacher, Valerie Hopkins. This class…

Glioblastoma Survivor Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

In 2009, Christopher Gee of Traverse City received news that the excruciating headaches he was having were a sign of one of the most aggressive cancers – Glioblastoma. This news came with shock, worry and fear. Gee says, “You hear cancer and you think the worst.” But just 10 years later, Chris finds himself grateful to be alive each day…

Cyber Seniors: Students Teaching Seniors how to Use Technology and Social Media

Cyber Seniors is a program that is being held every Friday at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center where students are teaching seniors how to use technology and social media. Betty Strunk, a senior who attends the weekly class says, “Technology is always changing. You know you think you’ve learned something and 2 day later it doesn’t work anymore.” Unfortunately, technology…

Blossom Day Festivities

Northern Michigan is known for a few things but right at the top of the list is its cherries. The Old Mission peninsula has thousands of trees hoping to get just enough sunlight before the annual “Blossom Day” event taking place Saturday May 18.  Blossom Day is a celebration of spring and the wineries on Old Mission are celebrating by…

Traverse City 2019 Ideas for Life Senior Expo

The Kentucky Derby may have already happened but there’s a new derby to celebrate — the Senior Expo in Traverse City. This year’s theme is the Kentucky Derby so bring your big hats and loud prints– they are celebrating in style!  The event is taking place Wednesday, May 15 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Civic Center in…

Human Nature School: Taking the Classroom Outside

Rain or shine, you can find students of the Human Nature School in the front lawn of the Grand Traverse Commons. They are taking their learning outdoors—learning about nature, art and exploration! Outreach Coordinator Emily Burke says, “It’s crazy how creative kids can be when they’re in a natural environment because it’s so open ended. The curriculum is very student…