Archive for November, 2011


Kelly Christopherson Wins Distinguished MSU Scholarship Award

In addition to being selected as a National Merit Scholarship finalist last spring, senior Kelly Christopherson also won the coveted MSU Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Award. It covers the cost of tuition, room, and board and is renewable for up to 3 years. Way to go, Kelly!

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2 Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists In 2011

Two seniors in the Class of 2011 were among more than 13,000 high school students selected as finalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. They were Kathryn King, a current nursing student at Grand Valley State University, and Kelly Christopherson,  who is studying to become an athletic trainer at MSU. The National Merit Scholarship [...]

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2 + 2 + 2 Program Provides Engineering Scholarships For Students

Students interested in a career in the engineering field can qualify for scholarship assistance through the 2 + 2 + 2 Engineering Program. This innovative partnership involves the Lansing School District, Lansing Community College, and Michigan State University. Students can apply for the program at the beginning of their junior year if they have an [...]

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Community Service Is Major Focus Of Quaker Key Club Members

The Quaker Key Club encourages student volunteers to serve in a variety of capacities throughout the Eastern community which gives them an opportunity to learn, grow, and mature. Recent service activities include: reading to Sheridan Road Elementary School students painting and delivering pumpkins to the Sparrow Hospital Pediatric Center participating in the UNICEF trick or [...]

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Drama Club’s “Fun Machine” Promotes Learning For Elementary Students

Under the leadership of teacher/advisor Carrie Brady, the Drama Club’s “Fun Machine” has been visiting elementary schools for the past 12 years. They perform interactive skits, tell stories, and play games with the younger children to promote literacy and diversity and encourage them to stay in school. The group was initially founded by now-retired drama [...]

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Humanitarian Club Aids Haitian Earthquake Victims

When a massive earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti early in 2010, members of Eastern’s Humanitarian Club wanted to help  those victims through that tragedy. They organized a “Hair for Haiti” fund-raising campaign, and challenged teacher/advisor Matt Jason to shave his hair in public if they could generate more than $1,000. The final campaign tally exceeded $1,700, [...]

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Athletic Hall Of Fame Honors Individuals & Teams For Accomplishments

The Eastern Athletic Hall of Fame, founded in 2005, has enshrined 39 individuals and 9 teams for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the Quaker Family. The  8th annual induction ceremony is scheduled for February 24, 2012 during the Eastern-Sexton basketball game. Pictures and plaques honoring the inductees are prominently displayed in the north end [...]

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New Project Focuses On Improving Student Reading Skills

Project Read 180 was piloted during the second semester at Eastern last year in an effort to improve the skills of struggling readers. It was developed with input from Kevin Feldman, an expert in vocabulary growth who is working with Lansing teachers. The program offers large and small group instruction, independent reading, and computer software [...]

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Increasing Parent Involvement Is Key To Strengthening Quaker Family

Efforts have been initiated to encourage and support more active parent involvement in the education of their students. Parent Coordinator Linda Sanchez-Gazella conducts weekly office hours at the school where she is available to meet with parents and community members. As a result of her efforts, parent participation in last August’s freshmen orientation increased almost [...]

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Special Olympics “Project Unify” Initiated At Eastern This Year

“Project Unify,” a Special Olympics program funded by the U. S. Department of Education, was initiated at Eastern this year. It pairs up general education students with special education “buddies” and is intended to create a community of inclusion at the school, foster an awareness of disabilities, put an end to bullying, and improve student [...]

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