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A special view in Lansing


On Friday, May 6th, Ms. Falcinelli, Mrs.Poll, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Underwood’s Cedar View Elementary classrooms went to Lansing for their 4th grade field trip to see our state Capitol building and the Michigan Historical Museum. This special trip is a culminating activity after studying Michigan history, geography, economics, and our state and federal government throughout third and fourth grades. The students are always excited to see our wonderful Capitol building and see where our laws are made.  One activity they really enjoy is lying down on the glass floor in the rotunda and looking up at the beautiful capitol dome. The Michigan Historical Museum brings Michigan’s history right before the students’ eyes.
The students who attended Lansing on Friday happened to be there on a day of a historical event. It was the day of the unveiling of former Governor Granholm’s portrait.  Some of the classes were able to see Governor Granholm there in the Capitol building.  Mrs. Poll’s class had the honor of having a representative from the capitol explain to them some of the symbolism included in the governor’s portrait. In the portrait the governor is looking past a vase of apple blossoms and out a sunlit window. Some of the symbols in the portrait include: a small wind turbine to show her work toward green energy, a Chevy Volt to show her work support of extending the range of the electric car, a mortarboard to show that she wants to increase the number of college graduates in Michigan, and a shovel that was used to break the ground for an advanced auto battery plant in Holland, Michigan.
On Wednesday, May 11th, a second batch of fourth graders headed to Lansing. This time, students from Ms. Zank, Mrs. Baas, Mrs. Nielsen, Mr. Moleski, and Mr. Gregory visited the Michigan Historical Museum and state Capitol. Since congress rarely convenes on a Friday, it was the Wednesday group that had the opportunity of a fourth grade lifetime. Several of our groups from Cedar View were honored in the House of Representatives by our very own representative Pete MacGregor. These groups were able to see the representatives at work and listen in on how they voted on a bill.
All of the students had an awesome time viewing the history of Michigan at the Michigan Historical Museum, but the main attraction was seeing how our government actually works.  The fourth grade teachers spent many hours preparing their students for this trip. No question from the tour guides went unanswered by our marvelous fourth graders. The lead tour guide at the capitol told me that Cedar View Elementary is one of the finest and largest groups to enter the Capitol and leave as the best behaved.  Congratulations to all of the fourth grade students of Cedar View for representing our community and demonstrating the Habits of Mind.

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Young Sand Lake reader visits Capitol


Rep. Pearce welcomes 2009 reading contest winner to Lansing

Katarina Michnick, 8, of Sand Lake, and her family, spent a day learning about the Michigan Capitol and the state Legislature with Rep. Tom Pearce as the winner of the lawmaker’s third annual reading program, in conjunction with local libraries.

Children who participated in their local summer reading program were able to enter their names in a random drawing, with each library forwarding a semi-finalist to Pearce. The Rockford lawmaker then drew the winner from those names.

“Reading during the summer is a great way for young people to continue to build and maintain their skills so they are ready for school to start,” Pearce said. “Reading is a key to success in all aspects of your life, as well as an enjoyable activity that can lead to enrichment as well as learning. I thank all the parents, librarians and teachers who help promote the importance and excitement of reading.”

Katarina Michnick, her mother and father, Mary and Gregory, and her brother Alexander, visited Lansing last week as the guest of Rep. Tom Pearce. Katarina was selected the winner of the lawmaker’s third annual reading program in conjunction with local libraries.

Katarina Michnick, her mother and father, Mary and Gregory, and her brother Alexander, visited Lansing last week as the guest of Rep. Tom Pearce. Katarina was selected the winner of the lawmaker’s third annual reading program in conjunction with local libraries.

Katarina, her mother and father Mary and Gregory, and her brother Alexander, toured the Capitol building, went on the House floor, attended a House committee session and visited the Michigan Historical Museum, along with being treated to lunch with Pearce.

“I liked the chandeliers in the hallways with the deer and elk on them and the big door hinges with the state Seal,” Katarina said of her first visit to the Capitol building. “It was also neat when Rep. Pearce told us about the first elevators working with water buckets as weight.”

The home school family was happy to add the Lansing visit to lessons on government learned while closely following the 2008 presidential election and inauguration. Even though Katarina is currently focusing her future on horse riding and ballerina training, she got in some legislative experience with Pearce by discussing her views against abortion with the lawmaker.

Katarina and Alexander each participated in the contest through the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library.

Pearce’s reading program was available at Plainfield Township Library, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, Spencer Township Library, Tyrone Township Library, Krause Memorial Library, Comstock Park Library, Sparta Carnegie Township Library and Cedar Springs Library.

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