Pitt Hopkins Day

There are only about 1,000 people in the world who have Pitt Hopkins Syndrome. One of them is Mason Krueger, a student in Kim Nowak's Early Childhood Special Education Classroom at Higgins Elementary. To commemorate Pitt Hopkins Awareness Day on September 18, Nowak and paraprofessionals Sue Slayton and Kristen Pearson purchased t-shirts in honor of Mason and in hopes of finding a cure. What is Pitt Hopkins? Pitt Hopkins Syndrome (PTHS) is a ...

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Dylan and Theresa Rheker

A Hero’s Happiness

  Theresa Rheker and her husband tried to smile through the tears streaming down their faces. They watched their 14-year old son Dylan receive a standing ovation as he walked across the stage to accept an award nobody saw coming. This was one of “those” moments. A moment Theresa says she would bottle up and play over and over if she could. This was a moment that personifies why Dylan is his ...

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Kim Kozian

The Life and Legacy of Kimberly Kozian

By guest writer James Coller, LCHS-N ‘13 When I graduated, Koz told me to never stop writing. So here I am, writing to honor her. Kimberly Kozian, affectionately called simply “Koz” by most who knew her, was my mentor, my inspiration, and my grounding force. Koz inspired me to begin writing when I took her journalism class my sophomore year at L’Anse Creuse High School — North. I quickly joined The ...

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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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