Posted on 28 December 2015.
Russell J. Durst 80 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, December 25, 2015 at his home. Russ was born October 6, 1935 in Cedar Springs, MI the son of Cardwell and Lola (Sipple) Durst. He was well known as a drywall installer and finisher for over 60 years. He was a very giving and generous person and was very involved in the Cedar Springs Education Foundation and the Kent County Youth Fair. He was a member of the Lions Club and the Cedar Springs Rod & Gun Club. He enjoyed his antique car, wintering in New Mexico and hunting and fishing. Surviving are his children, Debra Paskewicz, Doug (Cheri) Durst; daughter-in-law, JoEllen Yokum; grandchildren, Stephanie Torres, Michael Paskewicz, Heather (Brian) Henning, Brooke (Jeremy) Wong, Beth (Tony) Avink, Kent Yokum; great grandchildren, Tristan, Arryanna, Deyani, Allison, Brielle; sister, Phyllis Ball; brother-in-law, Archie McKenzie. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike; sister, Dorothy McKenzie; brother-in-law, Gene Ball. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Wednesday 2:00 pm. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Education Foundation.
Posted in Obituary
Posted on 19 March 2015.
In 1986, the Cedar Springs Education Foundation was created. Over the past twenty-nine years, the foundation has donated over two million dollars to forward the education and learning of the Cedar Springs Public School students. They have been a direct asset to a large variety of students, and all of their support is truly appreciated.
This past month, the auditorium in the High School was the recipient of $25,000, given by the Holton Grant (through Education Foundation). This money will go toward improving the sound system in the auditorium. It will definitely be a welcome addition to the space. The auditorium serves many purposes and is used by the school and community on a regular basis. Throughout the year you would often find band and choir concerts, banquets, meetings, plays and musicals, and even classes are held in this room. In order to recognize the wonderful donation, the auditorium will named in honor of the Holton Family.
On March 5, the Education Foundation met in the High School’s auditorium with director and teacher Justin Harnden to present the official check. New speakers and a sound system will hopefully be installed within the next couple of months. The school is very excited for these new additions, and will certainly be seen and used as often as possible. Thank you Holton family!
Posted in Featured
Posted on 17 January 2014.
The Cedar Springs Education Foundation has elected new board members to serve in 2014. The Foundation is an integral part of the Cedar Springs Public Schools’ ability to provide a high quality education to students of the district. In 1986, a group of civic minded community members established the Foundation to ensure a solid education for our students.
The Foundation has purchased or funded learning tools such as iPads and iPad software, equipment for the high school biology and chemistry labs, laptops and netbooks, diversity awareness and anti-bullying programs, books, cameras and numerous other classroom essentials for all grades and all buildings over the last 27 years. The current directors and trustees are continuing that legacy of service to students and are committed to keeping the Foundation active, engaged and relevant into the future.
The Foundation has 501(c)(3) non-profit status, therefore all donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to the Foundation at 204 E.Muskegon or given to any board member. Please consider a donation as a way to honor a teacher, staff member or community member. A note will be sent to the honoree informing them of your donation.
The 2014 Education Foundation members are:
Bill Tucker, President
Kara Dault, Trustee
Tom Noreen, Vice President
Deb McIntyre, Trustee
Elizabeth Marckini, Treasurer
Shannon Cooper, Trustee
Jeni McIntyre, Secretary
Ron McDermed, Ex-Officio
Beth Blades, Trustee
Matt Shoffner, Ex-Officio
Posted in Cedar Springs Public Schools, Featured