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.


East Lansing Educational Foundation Dream (4) S.T.E.A.M. - Save the date!

March 14, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
East Lansing High School Student Union

What better way to celebrate S.T.E.A.M. than to show all our East Lansing students the vast potential that awaits them should they consider following a “S.T.E.A.M.” related educational path.

The ELEF invites all East Lansing students, parents, teachers, administrators, and interested persons to come hear S.T.E.A.M. related presentations, see S.T.E.A.M. related demonstrations, and visit with S.T.E.A.M. related employers.

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East Lansing Educational Foundation Presents Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award Winning Stories

History of the Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award

The Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award began in the spring of 1985 as a memorial to a young East Lansing girl named Sarah Beth Tarpoff.  She was a student at the now closed Bailey School when she died in a horse-back riding accident.  This accident occurred at the same time the school was closing.  As a result, the school’s Parent Teacher Organization decided to combine the remaining PTO assets with monies given to the Tarpoff family in Sarah’s memory to begin a writing award and a new education foundation that has become the East Lansing Educational Foundation! 

An accomplished rider, Sarah loved horses more than anything.  She also loved to write and draw, so this award program was created in her name to foster and encourage other children to express themselves through writing and drawing.

For over thirty years the Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Project has been open to all students in East Lansing Public Schools, from kindergarten to high school seniors, who submit an original poem, story or essay no longer than 1,000 words. Each manuscript is read and evaluated by high school students in Honors English, under the direction of their teacher, to evaluate and judge submissions. Everyone who enters receives a ribbon honoring their participation. In addition, all students, Kindergarten through grade 12, may also receive first, second, third, or honorable mention ribbons.

For many years the Creative Writing Award was organized and run by Sarah’s family, with the help of many others dedicated to encouraging the language arts.  It then transitioned into an East Lansing Educational Foundation sponsored program, retaining the core mission of encouraging creative writing within the East Lansing community and school district. First place entries are published, with parental permission, on the East Lansing Educational Foundation website and linked to the East Lansing Public Schools website.

The 2016-2017 school year 1st Prize Award-winning entries will be showcased and published on the East Lansing Educational Foundation (www.elef.us) and the East Lansing Public Schools websites following the schedule below:

  • February and March           Donley and Marble Elementary Schools
  • March and April                     Glencairn and Whitehills Elementary Schools
  • May and June                          MacDonald Middle School

The Sarah Tarpoff Writing Project will kick off this year in mid-February 2018.  This year’s deadline for submissions for the Sarah Tarpoff Writing project is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

If you student receives a 1st Place Award-winning entry for the 2017-2018 school year and you want your student’s works published on the ELPS and ELEF websites watch for additional information with your student’s work when you receive them back in June 2018.



East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities

Dear Friends of the East Lansing Educational Foundation:

Through wind, rain, and snow a dedicated team of community volunteers meets on the second Tuesday of each month with one ultimate goal in mind; to help raise funds to distribute to East Lansing Public Schools teachers, administrators and staff.

It has been my pleasure over the past few years to be a part of this team, better known as the East Lansing Educational Foundation, and to help raise those funds and to assist in reviewing the requests for assistance for our classrooms that come in each fall. From your donations, the ELEF was able to fund grants this year totaling over $48,000. I wanted to share just a few of those wonderful requests that were awarded this year.

East Lansing High School
$1,058.00 for two new cameras for the yearbook staff
$3,939.90 for mini iPads for the Math Department

MacDonald Middle School
$3,500.00 for a new 3-D printer

$4,760.00 for a science partnership with Impression 5 Science Center

$1,199.25 for performance stages for the music department

$2,398.00 for Ozbots for STEM enhancement programs

$718.00 for parental support literature

$3,400.00 for Drum Fit - a collaborative effort between P.E. and music classes

As you can see, students at every school in our district benefit from your generous support to the ELEF. As we enter the season of giving, I humbly ask that you once again open your hearts and your checkbooks to assist the ELEF in its mission to continue to provide that extra support our ELPS teachers, administrators, and staff so deservingly need. We all benefit from this generosity of spirit and our community is a much richer place for it. Please fill out the enclosed donation form or visit us online at: www.elef.us to contribute to the ELEF in whatever amount you can spare. All donations are extremely appreciated.

Have a safe and happy holiday season,

Blair Renfro
President, East Lansing Educational Foundation

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Donation Form


Child Sexual Abuse: Prevention and Response by The Firecracker Foundation

Members of the East Lansing Public School Community are invited to attend a child sexual abuse prevention training and resource panel on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Led by The Firecracker Foundation and with the support of the East Lansing Public School's Mental Health Advisory Committee, this training and panel is intended to equip parents, guardians, and school staff with information that will help keep children safe, plan active steps for responding to abuse, and learning how to support the healing of children and families who experience sexual abuse.  9:00 am – 1:15 pm    Understanding Child Sexual Trauma: Facts, Mandated Reporting and Disclosures 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm      Lunch 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm      Response Panel The prevention training will include information on defining child sexual trauma, how sexual trauma manifests (physical, mental, social, etc. symptoms/behaviors), facts vs. stigma, supporting children after mandated reporting, how to advocate for children in medical examinations.

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

Deadline for 2018 Crystal Awards Nominations Extended to Feb. 23

The City of East Lansing has extended the deadline for 2018 Crystal Awards nominations to this Friday, Feb. 23.

Community members are encouraged to help honor East Lansing’s unsung heroes by submitting nominations for deserving candidates.

An online nomination form is available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/crystalawards and paper nomination forms are available at East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road; the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road; and the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road.

About the Crystal Awards
The Crystal Awards, hosted annually by the East Lansing City Council, honor individuals, businesses, professionals, nonprofits and/or community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to community life in East Lansing. Recipients are dedicated to enhancing the East Lansing community. They demonstrate a passion for and commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant community and serve as an inspiration to others.

All nominations will be reviewed by a community selection committee and four recipients will be chosen. The selected recipients will be honored at the 2018 Crystal Awards community reception on Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.

Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/crystalawards to submit an online nomination, review eligibility criteria and view past recipients.


Intro to Floor Hockey Clinic For Ages 5-7

Floor hockey is similar to soccer. The object is to get the plastic puck into the net, past the goalie, using plastic hockey sticks. Floor hockey is played inside a gymnasium with tennis shoes/sneakers. Teams are Co-ed.

Floor hockey is FAST and FUN, but lacks the aggressiveness associated with ice hockey. Kids from any school district or any city are welcome. Equipment will be provided.

4 weeks Saturday, March 3 – Saturday, March 24
9:00-11:00 am* East Lansing Hannah Community Center Gym

*Clinic time will be one hour. Depending on size of the group, we may break into several groups between 9 am and 11 am.

For more information about Floor Hockey, or to register, contact us at (517) 333-2580, ext. 0. Forms can also be dropped off at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Road).

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Hamiltunes: An American Singalong Coming to the East Lansing Public Library

Hamiltunes: An American Singalong is coming to the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL), 950 Abbot Road, this Sunday, Feb. 18 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Hamiltunes is an officially licensed singalong set to the award-winning soundtrack of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” The fans in attendance will be invited to sing the songs to an instrumental version of the music and a small stage will be set up for guests to act out the musical. Costumes are encouraged (no swords or dueling pistols, please).

Hamiltunes: An American Singalong began in Los Angeles, Calif. and has since been hosted at a number of venues across the country for devoted fans. Although ELPL’s program is open to anyone, it should be noted that the lyrics of this Broadway show do contain profanity. Learn more: https://elpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5a4d2460c1a1282f009900c4.

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All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre to Bring “Bridge to Terabithia” to the Stage

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will bring “Bridge to Terabithia” to the Riverwalk Theatre stage, 228 Museum Drive in Lansing, Feb. 9-11 and Feb. 16-18.

Friday shows will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday shows will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the Sunday show will take place at 2 p.m. More than 75 mid-Michigan youth, ages 9-18, make up the cast and crew of this latest AECT production.

“’Bridge to Terabithia’ is a beautiful story that explores the power of imagination, making it a wonderful addition to the season we’ve titled In a World of Pure Imagination,” said AECT Artistic Director Liz Cooke. “This is the first time we’ve done a production like this and it’s the first time this production has been on stage in the Lansing area. We’re very excited to share this with audiences on the Riverwalk Theatre stage.”

Tickets are $5 for children and $8 for adults. Community members can purchase tickets by visiting the Riverwalk Theatre Box Office or by calling (517) 482-5700. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus for more information.

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Pop-Up Ice Skating Rink Returns to Valley Court Park this February


East Lansing’s pop-up ice skating rink will make its return to Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court, this February.

Weather permitting; the rink will likely open to the public sometime this weekend. A notice will be provided at www.cityofeastlansing.com/IceRink once the ice is ready and the rink has opened.

Once the rink has opened, it will be free and available to the general public through Feb. 28 (weather permitting). Hours of operation will be noon-9 p.m. Daily updates will be provided at www.cityofeastlansing.com/IceRink indicating whether the rink is open for the day. Community members will need to bring their own skates to the rink.

The pop-up ice skating rink can accommodate approximately 30 skaters at one time. Daily operations of the rink will be managed by staff members with the East Lansing Department of Planning, Building & Development.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Jan. 31, representatives from the City of East Lansing, Capital Area Housing Partnership, Michigan Asset Group and the East Lansing Downtown Management Board will be assembling the rink. Members of the media are welcome to attend.

Sponsors of this year’s ice skating rink include the East Lansing Downtown Management Board, Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub and the Student Book Store.

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East Lansing Children’s Concert Series to Feature Live Music on Three Saturdays this February

The East Lansing Children’s Concert Series returns this February, featuring three Saturdays of live musical entertainment for children of all ages. The concerts are free and open to all.
The concerts will take place at 11 a.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Feb. 3 – Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer
    These two-time Grammy Award-winning artists will share their harmonies and multi-instrument songs in their “well-rounded Americana” style. Having performed for an array of people, from the Queen of Thailand to the youngest child, they are sure to put on an unforgettable show. This performance will be part of the annual Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival: http://www.singingfestival.com/.
  • Saturday, Feb. 17 – The Storytellers
    The Storytellers bring hands-on fun and entertainment to all ages with their popular shows. Playing many unique instruments, including a donno, didgeridoo, cuicas and a rhumba box, their music is sure to bring many different cultures to life through songs and stories.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24 – Gemini
    Gemini is a nationally renowned children’s music duo that has been performing for more than 40 years. Gemini’s concerts are filled with rousing sing-alongs, folk tales and music from around the world.

Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/childrensconcerts to learn more about the Children’s Concert Series.

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City to Host Public Input Open Houses for Draft Master Plan

The City of East Lansing will be hosting public input open houses for The Bigger Picture East Lansing Draft Master Plan this February 2018.

Four open houses will be held to provide residents with an opportunity to review the Draft Master Plan, ask questions and share input for the East Lansing Planning Commission’s consideration. The public input open houses will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday, February 5, 2018 4:30-7:30 p.m. MacDonald Middle School Cafeteria, 1601 Burcham Drive
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 4:30-7:30 p.m. Pinecrest Elementary School Library, 1811 Pinecrest Drive
  • Monday, February 12, 2018 4:30-7:30 p.m. Islamic Center of East Lansing, 920 S. Harrison Road
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 4:30-7:30 p.m. East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road

The open house format will allow residents to drop in anytime during a three-hour period and spend as much or as little time as needed. Residents are welcome to attend multiple open houses; however the same information will be shared at each event, so it is not necessary to attend more than one.

A Master Plan is required by the Michigan Planning Enabling Act and projects land use planning 20 years into the future. The City of East Lansing’s Draft Master Plan is currently undergoing a 63-day review process, which includes the public input open houses. Following the review process, the Planning Commission will hold a work session to determine whether changes will be made before a public hearing is held to adopt the document.

Community members can learn more and view the Draft Master Plan online at www.cityofeastlansing.com/MasterPlan. Hard copies of the plan are also available at the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, and at East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road, in the Department of Planning, Building & Development.

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Kids Power Karate (Ages 6-12)

DATES: 4/16/18 TO 5/21/18
TIME: 5:45 TO 6:30 PM
cityofeastlansing.com/1182/Classes-Programs or
CALL: 517.333.2580 EXT. 0




Little Ninjas Karate (Ages 4 &5)

DATES: 4/16/18 TO 5/21/18
TIME: 5:00 TO 5:30 PM
cityofeastlansing.com/1182/Classes-Programs or
CALL: 517.333.2580 EXT. 0

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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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Earth Day 2018 Poster Contest

The Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources, and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development invite students to celebrate Earth Day 2018 by competing in a Poster Contest!  Judges will select a 1st and 2nd place winner from each grade – Kindergarten through 5th. Winners will be invited to receive their awards at the Earth Day 2018 Celebration!



East Lansing Baseball Club Winter Clinics & Tryouts

The East Lansing Baseball Club will be offering FREE (donations welcome) instructional clinics
for East Lansing youth interested in playing baseball during the 2018 season, and then tryouts
for placement on travel baseball teams for the 2018 baseball season.

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East Lansing Kiwanis Annual Candy Hunt

Saturday March 31, 2018

Located in PatriarchePark, East Lansing
Hunt Begins at 10 a.m. sharp, arrive early.

Take home what you can carry. No baskets or bags please.

Separate areas for preschool-kindergarten, 1st-2nd graders & 3rd-5th graders.

Open to all children through 5thgrade.

Sponsored by the East Lansing Kiwanis Club and Meijer, working with the City of East Lansing and East Lansing School District

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East Lansing Lacrosse 2018 Winter Clinics at MacDonald Middle School


Is your child interested In playing lacrosse? Or do they need to get ready for this years spring season? East Lansing Lacrosse Club is offering five FREE lacrosse clinics on Sundays from 4 pm to 5 pm for grades 3-6. And from 5 pm to 6 pm for grades 7-8.

January 21, 28 • February 11, 25 • March 4

If you have any questions please contact Kimm Waldo \ 517-582-7955  kimm@eastlansinglax.org

for more intomation visit

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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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Monthly Newsletter

PDF DocumentNovember 2017 Newsletter

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


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 Programs (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.


Impression 5

Engineering Day

Celebrating Michigan through engineering!
Date/Time: February 18, 2018 - 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Place: Impression 5 - 200 Museum Dr. Lansing, Ml
Cost: Regular Admission
FREE for Members!

Enioy hands-on engineering-themed activities for the whole family!

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Lego Palooza

February 24
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

February 25
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Member cost
Kids 2 & Up: $10
Kids Under 2: Free
Adults: $5

Not-Yet Member cost
Kids 2 & Up: $15
Kids Under 2: Free
Adults: $5

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Lansing Community College Youth Programs

Youth Programs
GATE & A+ Classes
Spring 2018 • Grades 2-12
Saturdays • Feb. 17 to March 17
Enroll at lcc.edu/seriousfun • 517-483-1415

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Marine Corps Jazz Combo Performance

Date & Time: February 27, 2018 at 7:30 P.M.                                           
Location: Okemos High School, Michigan


- The opportunity to travel the world and perform w/ Marine Corps Bands stationed in Japan, Hawaii, New Orleans, San Diego, etc.
- Full pay, benefits and housing provided
-Professional-grade instruments provided free of charge
-Opportunities to train in Sound Reinforcement, Instrument Repair, and Conducting.
-All Marine Musicians are provided Tuition Assistance to take college courses while they serve

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MSU Summer Camps

Volleyball Girls Resident and Commuter Camps

July 14
College Prep Camp

July 15-17
Competitive Team Overnight/Day Camp

July 15-17
ShootoutTeam Day Camp

July 19-21
General Skills Day Camp

July 22-24
All Skills Overnight Camp


One World, Many Stories Event

The 11th annual family literacy event, One World, Many Stories is proud to present:

Connie Schofield-Morrison’s, I Got the Rhythm, a book about expressing yourself through dance and music and being inspired by the rhythm from the world around us. 

Please join us for a book reading by Marble Elementary Principal Josh Robertson. Following the reading there will be a Family Dance Party featuring DJ Rod Carpenter, accompanied by members of MSU Pompon Team.

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Family Dance Party

East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

5:30pm-6pm Pizza Dinner

6:00pm-6:15pm Book Reading by Marble Elementary Principal, Josh Robertson

6:15pm-7:30pm Family Dance Party Featuring DJ Rod Carpenter and Members of the MSU Pompon Team

The event is free and open to the public. If you would like more information regarding the event, please contact Phyllis Thode at (517) 351-2420 (ext.6516), pthode@cityofeastlansing.com

One World, Many Stories is a community-based program for young children of all cultures. In collaboration with Michigan State University, East Lansing Public Library, and the East Lansing Public Schools, this initiative promotes family reading practices with interactive events that expose children to a variety of cultures and ideas. The books that are selected for this event have highlighted the importance of community participation, global citizenship, and intercultural understanding.

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Trojan Youth Softball Clinic

March 17th and 24th
East Lansing High School gyms
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
*Child should wear shorts/sweats and tennis shoes
and bring glove and H20 bottle

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WRITTEN BY KIDS and Marco’s Pizza invite you to participate in Marco’s Pizza Night

Here’s how it works:

On Wednesday, February, 21, and Thursday, Febuary 22, place your pickup or
delivery order anytime with Marco's Pizza. Call or order online.

Our purpose is to help ensure all families in our communities can receive
support in bullying prevention through our guides and forums whie enjoying

When placing your order, be sure to mention that your order is to benefit
Written By Kids. Marco's will then donate <15%> of your order amount directly
to Written By Kids.

Tell your friends, family & neighbors. The more orders, the better.

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