Brianna Steffen

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." Toni Morrison Creating a children’s book from scratch was a huge undertaking. Kim wrote the words, which she read to her daughter Brianna to help her understand the situation. To make it publication-ready, she had some friends proofread and hired Emily Marino, a survivor herself, to illustrate. Both Brianna’s and ...

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This SADD Story has a Happy Ending

“Now they have something that makes them want to come back. They feel wanted, they feel needed, they have a purpose.” The time: spring of 2018. The setting: DiAnne M. Pellerin Center, an alternative high school in Clinton Township. The scene: students have just declared victory over more than 60 other schools in a state-wide contest. Let’s rewind a bit. It’s a few years earlier, and Ryan Barck, teacher at the Pellerin Center, ...

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Teacher of the Year: Lyndsey Lawrence

Tell me a little bit about your background and what led you to become a teacher. I have been working with children since I was 13 years old. I babysat from middle school through high school, then went away to college and was an assistant teacher and caregiver at a preschool while I worked on my degree in Education. Halfway through my college career, I accepted a camp counselor position at ...

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A Master of Reinvention

Frederick Pankow wrote and illustrated a book for his great-grandchildren titled “What a Tree Can Be.” Throughout the pages the story encourages the reader that they can do anything they want to do and be anything they want to be. The moral of the story was the motto of his life. Mr. Pankow was a master of reinvention through his passion for lifelong learning. Many locals likely have heard of the ...

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