Local Events and Opportunities

Community activities and events are listed below.  All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting.  In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office.  By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.


“60’s Retrospective” is brought to you by the East Lansing Educational Foundation

This “60’s Retrospective” is brought to you by the East Lansing Educational Foundation. Longtime East Lansing resident/City Planner/historian, Ron Springer, will share stories and some history through his unique perspective. We’ll also welcome your memories and/or questions. Wear your bell bottoms if you still have them! Or not.

This is a free event created to bring people together to relive memories of East Lansing in the 60’s. Details below.

When: 7:00 pm - Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Where: Hannah Community Center banquet room (On Abbot @ Burcham)
RSVP please via: Gary.Mescher@elps.us


Andre Hutson Basketball Camp 2017

Andre Hutson began his amazing basketball career at Trotwood-Madison Highschool in Trotwood, Ohio. After graduating, he played college basketball for Michigan State University under Tom Izzo from 1997 to 2001. Hutson won four  Big Ten titles, played in three Final Fours, and won a national championship against  the  Unviversity of Florida as a junior. After his collegiate career ended, he became the second round draft pick for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2001 NBA Draft. In the following years Hutson would play professional basketball in Italy, Greece, Russia, and Turkey. He once again calls East Lansing his home where his children currently attend East Lansing Public Schools. Since his return to the state of Michigan, he has become an advocate for healthy living  through the promotion of an active lifestyle. He founded Conquest Health and Fitness Foundation and is the owner of Conquest Fitness  which  has a location in Bath, Michigan and another in Dewitt, Michigan.


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Archer Trojan Community Soccer Camp

Nick Archer—championship coach and founder of the ELHS boys’ and girls’ soccer program—lends his skills and expertise to ELHS girls’ varsity soccer coach Jeff Lyon; current and former ELHS soccer players; and community coaches to offer East Lansing’s premier soccer camp.

The Archer Trojan Community Soccer Camp will offer participants at all levels a challenging and rewarding
experience that will help them gain an understanding of teamwork and sportsmanship; learn the game of soccer; and develop age-appropriate skills—in a safe, positive, nurturing environment. All of the camps are held at the East Lansing Soccer Complex.

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Be A Tourist In Your Own Town

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A world of possibilities in your backyard!

Explore over 90 area attractions, great local businesses and more! Get your passport stamped to win great prizes!

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Burchfield County Park 2017 Nature Day Camp

ENROLLMENT to Burchfield Park’s Nature Day Camp is open to children ages 5-12. Children age 5 must have completed kindergarten. Campers are limited to 5 weeks of camp and it is not recommended that a camper attend the same camp more than once.

REGISTER TODAY—Please have your session(s) chosen prior to calling.

To register, please call the Ingham County Parks office at 517-676-2233.

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City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events

Wreath Laying Ceremony to Take Place at ELHCC this Saturday, May 27

In honor of Memorial Day, community members and members of the media are invited to attend a brief wreath laying ceremony at East Lansing’s Medal of Honor Monument this Saturday, May 27 at 9 a.m.

The City of East Lansing and the Lansing-based 1st Battalion, 24th Marines will be laying a wreath to honor all of the brave men and women who have lost their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces, including U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 2nd Lt. Sherrod E. Skinner, Jr. 2nd Lt.

Skinner was an East Lansing war hero who received the Medal of Honor posthumously for bravery exhibited during the Korean War.

East Lansing’s Medal of Honor Monument is located in front of the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.

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Meditative Labyrinth to be Dedicated at Patriarche Park

Members of the community and media are invited to a special dedication ceremony for a new meditative labyrinth at Patriarche Park, created by Kenneth Hunter and supported by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

The dedication ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 31 at 11:30 a.m. at Patriarche Park, located at the corner of Alton Road and Saginaw Street in East Lansing. The labyrinth can be found off from the southernmost drive of Patriarche Park (off Alton Road) behind the water tower.

About the Labyrinth
Hunter submitted for and received a grant from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing to install the labyrinth on the former shuffle board courts at Patriarche Park. He constructed the labyrinth over the existing concrete of the courts utilizing silver cushion moss – an acrocarpous plant that requires little maintenance due to its slow growth.

“I chose to use the moss since it is easy to manipulate and will provide an open atmosphere for visitors,” said Hunter. “A common misconception about labyrinths is that they are confining, when, in reality, many of them serve as peaceful, open spaces for the community to enjoy.”
About the Artist

Kenneth Hunter is a 2016 graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Humanities. During his time in school, Hunter was recognized with the Gretel Geist Rutledge Award for printmaking and the Ralph Henderson Award for painting. He was also the co-founder and team lead for the Design for America student group.
“I hope that this project will inspire more people in the East Lansing community to redefine the spaces available to them to create a better sense of unity and belonging,” said Hunter.

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All of us Express Children’s Theatre to Host “Shrek the Musical Jr.” Auditions

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will be hosting open auditions for the upcoming production of “Shrek the Musical Jr.” at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, this June.

The auditions will take place at ELHCC on Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m.-noon. Area youth, ages 6-18, interested in auditioning need only to attend one of the audition sessions. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 2-5 p.m.

Complimentary scripts can be checked out at the ELHCC front desk. A $10 deposit is required and the scripts need to be returned no later than one week prior to when the auditions begin.

There will also be an audition workshop on Wednesday, May 31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at ELHCC. The audition workshop is a two-hour class that teaches youth what it’s like to audition for an AECT show. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Call ELHCC at (517) 333-2580 ext. 0 to sign up for the workshop; enrollment is limited. The workshop is not required to audition for the play.

AECT will bring “Shrek the Musical Jr.” to the ELHCC stage July 28-30 and Aug. 4-5. For additional information and tickets, call (517) 333-2580 ext. 0 or visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus.


East Lansing Farmer's Market

Opening day of the 2017 East Lansing Farmer’s Market (ELFM) is just around the corner, taking place on Sunday, June 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.

There will be a special ringing of the “market bell” with East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows at 10 a.m. on opening day, followed by a giveaway of free, reusable ELFM shopping bags to the first 150 market customers. There will also be children’s activities and live music by Chuck Whiting from 10 a.m.-noon and Jackalope from noon-2 p.m.

The 2017 season will run June 4-Oct. 29 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.                 

About the Market
The ELFM features fresh, farm-grown Michigan produce/products and draws a crowd of more than 1,000 visitors each week. As a growers-only market, ELFM vendors are required to grow their own produce and/or make their own products. The ELFM tagline says it all: “100% Homegrown Makes Us Different.”

This year’s vendor lineup includes a great mix of returning and new vendors. The 2017 vendors include 45th Parallel Pickles, 517 Coffee Company, Applegarth Honey, Beagle’s Café & Bakery, Better Finds, The Cheese People of Grand Rapids, Circle F Ranch, Corrion Farms, Droscha Sugarbush, El Burrito Mexicano, Fire and Rice, For the Love of Grain, Fresh Lake Whitefish Company, Good Eats Diva, Guiding Light Garlic Farm, Hickory Knoll Farms Creamery, Jenny’s Sweets & Treats, The Local Epicurean, MI Pops, Michigan Soda Company, Owosso Organics, Pregitzer Farm Market, Rasch

Orchards, Rust Belt Roastery, Sapo De Solis, Small House, Stone Circle Bakehouse, Swallowtail Farm, Tomac Pumpkins, Tongue Huggers, Trillium Wood Farm, Wildflower Eco Farm and Wooden Shoe Herb Farm.

Live musical performances take place at the market each week from 10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m.

“We hope community members will regularly visit the ELFM on Sundays throughout 2017 season,” said ELFM Market Manager Heather Surface. “The market is a great place to meet up with friends and neighbors, enjoy time outdoors in a beautiful park setting and buy fresh Michigan produce and products from local farmers and producers.”

SNAP/Bridge Card & Double Up Food Bucks Benefits
The ELFM accepts SNAP/Bridge Cards at the market and allows EBT-eligible customers to stretch their dollars with the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program. As a result of a grant from the Fair Food Network, the DUFB program "matches" SNAP/Bridge Card dollars spent at farmer's markets. Customers will receive a dollar for dollar match (up to $20) that can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Michigan. For example, if a customer spends $20 on their SNAP/Bridge Card, they would receive an extra $20 to spend.

Community members can learn more about the ELFM at www.cityofeastlansing.com/farmersmarket.

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Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)

DATES: 6/19/17 TO 7/31/17 (No Class on 7/3/17)
TIME: 5:45 TO 6:15 PM


Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4-5)

DATES: 6/19/17 TO 7/31/17 (No Class on 7/3/17)
TIME: 5:00 TO 5:30 PM


Moonlight Film Festival

Valley Court Park
280 Vally Court
July & August

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Summer Concert Series

Ann Street Plaza
Downtown EL
Fridays 7-9 p.m.
July & August

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City of East Lansing Parks & Recreation Summer Camps 2017

All-of-Us Express Children's Theater Summer Drama Camps

Camps will take place at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.

Participants will need to bring a lunch to camp each day.

Due to the popularity of these camps, all cancellations must be made at least five days prior to the first day of camp.

To register, go to www.cityofeastlansing.com/onlineregistration and click on “Children’s Theater”
under “Class Types.”

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British Soccer Camps

June 19-23
Ages 6-14

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Rugby Camps

June 19-23
Ages 12-16

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City of East Lansing Parks, Recreation and Arts Summer Camps

Various summer camps for many ages

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Conquest Health & Fitness Foundation



Quest for Healthy Families

Promoting lifelong habits that will improve the health and quality of life for your family

Conquest Health and Fitness Foundation (CHFF) is excited to launch the Quest for Healthy Families program in June. This FREE, innovative, fun and educational program will run for 12 weeks for six families including parents and their children. This program will motivate, hold families accountable and reward progress with prizes and results. Parents will find themselves acting as healthy role models by working to instill healthy eating and exercise habits in their children daily.

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Golf FORE Kids 2017 Application Form

The Golf FORE Kids Golf Clinic is a FREE opportunity for youth to learn valuable life skills, healthy habits, and golf skills and fundamentals. The First Tee Coaches and golf professionals take a fun and seamless approach to classes to keep youth engaged. Participants will discover the health and fitness benefits of golf while having fun with activity based classes. No experience or equipment necessary. A small snack and beverage will be provided each evening. Registration is limited. You will be contacted by June 10th in regards to your application status.

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Crossing Guard Applications Are Being Accepted for the City of East Lansing


Either one hour in the morning, or, one hour in the afternoon, or both depending on need, Monday – Friday. Must be available before school starting time and when school lets out in the afternoon. Specific hours dependent on public school.

$12.00 per Hour

Go Online to cityofeastlansing.com for details and to complete an application.

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East Lansing Baseball Camp

East Lansing Community Baseball Camp at the East Lansing Softball/Baseball Complex

Week of June 26, 2017

Entering 1st-4th Grade: Monday-Thursday, 9-Noon
Entering 5th-9th Grade: Monday-Thursday, 9-Noon
Afternoon sessions (Noon-3pm) will be added, if needed

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East Lansing Junior Trojans Football Clinic

Wednesday June 14, 2017, 6-8 p.m.

West Practice Field of East Lansing High School
[Rain locat ion will be inside the high school’s main gym.]


Football Clinic

Junior Trojans get the opportunity to meet players and coaches and take part in agility, position drills, and football skill building exercises. You can also check those sports physicals off your list, available for just $25 per athlete.

Q&A With the coaches

Want to learn more about the program and participation? Junior Trojan coaches will be available to answer questions and share registration information. Looking for summer training opportunities? Ask coaches about Velocity Sports Performance speed and agility clinics for 3rd–8th graders in July and August.

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East Lansing Public Library

ELPL Raising Funds to Bring Pop-Up Library to East Lansing

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is continuing to raise funds to bring a Pop-Up Library to East Lansing.

Pop-Up Libraries are low-speed, electric vehicles specially customized to transport and display library materials. Bringing a Pop-Up Library to East Lansing will provide ELPL with the opportunity to extend its reach outside of the library walls at special community events and destinations throughout the City.

“The vehicle will allow us to get out in the community and share what we have to offer at places like the East Lansing Farmer’s Market, the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center, schools, senior communities, area festivals and more,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “Community engagement is such an important part of what we do and we believe this vehicle will make a huge difference in how we better reach the people living in our community.”

This past April, ELPL raised more than $20,000 at its annual Books, Bites & Bids fundraising event for the Pop-Up Library. It was a record amount for the annual event, but a little more than half of the funds still need to be raised to make the Pop-Up Library a reality. With that in mind, community members interested in supporting the fundraising effort can donate a “part” to the library. Community members can give a lugnut for $25, a gas pedal for $150 and/or a tire for $500. Donations of any amount are welcome!

Community members can learn more about supporting the Pop-Up Library at https://www.elpl.org/browse_program/pop-up-library/ or by calling ELPL at (517) 351-2420.

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Summer Reading Program

Sign up for the 2017 at East Lansing Public Library to have fun and win cool prizes all summer! From June 11 through August 5, every 2 hours you read gets you a new prize! This year's theme is Build a Better World. It's as easy as 1-2-3.

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Monthly Newsletter

PDF DocumentFebruary 2017 Newsletter

PDF DocumentHomework Help

PDF DocumentReminder: Every child attending school in East Lansing gets a FREE library card!

East Lansing School District for College Savings Night

Come join the East Lansing School District for College Savings Night! Learn how you can start saving for your loved ones higher education expenses with Michigan's 529 College Savings Plans.
Take the first step in meeting your college savings goals!

College Savings Night  

Thursday June, 8th

6:00 PM

McDonald Middle School

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East Lansing Summer Youth Journalism

East Lansing Summer Youth Journalism

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East Lansing Visual Arts Show

Who: ELPS Elementary and Middle School Art Students

What: Annual Visual Arts Show

When: May 12-June 3, 2017

Where: Scene Metro Space Art Gallery

Time: Metro Space Gallery Hours:

Thursdays 3-7pm
Friday 1-7 pm
Saturday 12-5 pm
Sunday 12-5 pm

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EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.



Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program (GRASP)

The GRASP program is a summer math and reading correspondence program for grades Kindergarten to 8th. Children receive a packet of materials with a booklet containing 9 lessons. They complete one lesson a week or work at their own pace. They mail the lessons to GRASP where they are scored and returned to the children with comments.

We also have an on-line version of GRASP for students in 4th to 8th Grade.
Children successfully completing at least 7 lessons with 70% accuracy are awarded a certificate. Those successfully completing all 9 lessons with 70% accuracy receive a medal.

The fees for the summer of 2017 are $38 for one subject or $63 for both subjects for each child. Each child should be placed at the grade just completed in school. If there are extenuating circumstances, order the level that is appropriate for your child.

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ITEC Information Technology Empowerment Center

Summer Camp Opportunities

As summer approaches, parents are looking for ways to keep their children busy and mentally engaged. Here at ITEC, we have a solution! We are offering several week-long technology summer camps ranging from Lego robotics, Raspberry Pi, 3D Printing, Video Game Design, and even a simulated trip to space on our new TechTransport bus, an interactive 12-person mobile computer lab. ITEC offers sliding-scale scholarships to low-income families, as well as additional family discounts.


Lansing Community College Youth Summer Programs

Our goal is to offer your 2nd to 12th grade student a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy high caliber academic pursuit in the fields of technology, science, math, engineering, arts, and more. Discovering a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for learning, our classes are designed with a maximum of hands-on involvement so that your student is inspired to strive for further academic investigation. Energize your summer, meet new friends and experience new and exciting learning opportunities with the LCC Youth Program!

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MASCOT 2017 - Mathematics Augmentation Series: Cultivating Optimal Teaching

Mathematics Augmentation Series: Cultivating Optimal Teaching

The topics of MASCOT are intended to supplement, complement and extend mathematics taught in the regular school program. The choice of topics is based on current research in the field and knowledge about how children learn. The instructional strategies emphasize cooperative learning and build on children’s prior mathematical knowledge.

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MSU Sponsored Summer Camps 2017

2017 Chinese Summer Camp

The  Confucius  Institute  at  Michigan  State  University  is proud to hold the  Chinese  language  and  culture  camp for K-12 students again this summer! This camp features engaging Chinese language and culture activities through music, literature, arts, and hands-on projects. Join our camp  and  let’s  create  some  great  memories  together.

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MSU College of Arts & Letters CeLTA Language School 2017 Language Summer Camps for Children and Teens


Our summer camps introduce children to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on hands-on interactions and experiences with the target language. No prior knowledge is required and children of higher levels can be accommodated.
Camps meet from 8:30-4:00 pm in Wells Hall. Morning-only options (8:30-12:00 pm) are available for most camps.

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MSU College of Engineering 2017 Summer Camps

Thinking about becoming an engineer?  Explore engineering before you even enter college! 

Our pre-college engineering programs will show you how to bring your intellect and creativity together to have fun, solve problems, and discover your career interests.

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MSU Mathematics Department 2017 Summer Camps

Detailed course descriptions, introductions to the staff, and online registration can be found on our website: https://iota.math.msu.edu/k12-outreach/

MSU Mathematics Department camps are designed to foster curiosity, creativity, wonder, and enjoyment of mathematical ideas and reasoning. Daily activities will include a variety of fun games, puzzles, explorations and activities.

Please contact MSU Mathematics Department Outreach Coordinator Ashley Ahlin at ahlin@math.msu.edu with any questions.

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MSU Tennis Facility Summer Camps (Ages 3-10)

Parent & Tot Ages 3 & 4 This ½ hour class will help students discover what tennis is about. Focus
on developing hand eye coordination. Throwing, tracking and running and hitting skills.
Parent or nanny must be on court with junior.

Tiny Spartans Ages 5 & 6* This one hour class will help students develop more hand-eye
coordination. Learn and develop a forehand and backhand groundstroke, volley, overhead and serve with some success.

Mini Spartans Ages 7 & 8* This one hour class will help students improve their groundstrokes,
volleys, overheads and serving. Play is with short court format and red balls. Learn how to score a game

Mega Spartans Ages 9 & 10 This one hour class will help students improve their overall strokes.
They will learn how to rally so they could play Jr. Team Tennis on a 60’ court with orange balls. Begin to use strategy and learn scoring.

*Ages 6 & 8 may be able to move up to the next age group depending on their ability level.
Contact Coach Diane with any ????

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MSU Women in Engineering Summer Camps

Spartan Girls in Engineering Summer Camp

Who: 4th-8th graders in Fall 2017
When:Commuter:Session1:June 19-23, 1/2 day, 8am-Noon, (4th-5th graders in Fall 2017)Commuter:Session 2:June 26-30, 1/2 day, 8am-Noon (6th-8th graders in Fall 2017)
What: Exposure to engineering through hands-on activities learning from engineering faculty and professionals.Learn how engineering makes a difference in our world and plays a key role in every aspect of our lives.
Cost: $200

Lady Spartans: Women in Engineering High School Summer Camp

Who: 9th-12th graders in Fall 2017
When:Residential: July 16-20Commuter: July 17-20, 8:30am-5pm
What: Engage in group projects and learn about the various disciplines of engineering.Tour some of MSU's top labs and facilities (such as MSU's Cyclotron) and meet women role models for your future professional career.
Cost: Residential, July 16-20, Cost: $800Commuter, July 17-20, Cost: $400

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MSU Sibling Study - What's it Like to Have a Sibling with Autism?

Read more under the Participate!

Website: http://familystresslab.hdfs.msu.edu
Moms can contact us to hear more and to schedule  a visit!
Phone: 517-898-2206
email: familystresslab@gmail.com

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Mystic Lake 2017 Summer Camps

Parkwood YMCA Weekly Day Camps 2017

Weekly Day Camps
June 12 - September 1, 2017
Ages 3-15

Parkwood YMCA offers a wide variety of week long day camp offerings for ages 3-15. Focus of the camp will be on learning fundamental skills and building teamwork and sportsmanship.   Also, there will be time for other fun and exciting games/activities.  Do something exciting and fun this summer and create a memory that will last a lifetime.

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Reach Studio Art Center

Spartan Writing Camp 2017

Dates & Times:

June 19-22, 26-29
July 10-13, 17-20

AM Half Days 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
PM Half Days 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Full Days: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Tourette Syndrome Programs

The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promoting camping opportunities for children with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its associated disorders Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) will host the 24th Annual Tourette Syndrome Camp USA from Sunday, June 25, 2017 until Saturday, July  1, 2017 at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, Illinois. Our program is design for children ages 7-16 with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  The cost for this program is $637.  We have financial aid available and a number of opportunities to assist families with raising funds to help cover the cost.  Please see our website for more information at www.tourettecamp.com

There is local support in Michigan for children with Tourette Syndrome and their families through the Tourette Association of America Michigan Chapter at   https://www.tourette.org/chapter/mi/

Trojan Aquatics Elementary Water Polo

This co-ed water polo program for Grades 2-4 is designed to educate kids on becoming successful and overcoming obstacles by using the most exciting, action-packed team sport there is. Practices focus on learning water polo skills, with in-house games on Fridays. No experience necessary. 2 practices plus 1 game per week.

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