2018-10-07 / Viewpoints

Letters to the editor

Chesaning Big Rockin’ Book Bus program commended

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate Michelle Schroeder, Chesaning School District literacy teacher, for the Big Rockin’ Book Bus program. Michelle put together a summer program to help our community’s young people to keep up their reading skills during the summer months. As a former teacher and administrator, I know first-hand that during the summer months our children lose a large amount of interest as well as skills formerly acquired during the school year. Mrs. Schroeder took it upon herself to tackle the situation of idle time that faces all school-aged children during the summer months. After receiving the go-ahead from the Chesaning school board, she enlisted the assistance of bus mechanic Matt Mallory and revamped a discarded bus for her project. She then added a much-needed free lunch program provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. The Rockin’ Book Bus provided not only books but quality meals to our young people and their families. This past summer, Mrs. Schroeder and her book bus served 651 free meals. She took her program a step further and enlisted the students belonging to the National Honor Society and in return for their community service, they received credit towards graduation. You cannot only see the bus around town on summer days but she also made it a point to be present during events such as the chamber fireworks celebration. Michelle is the perfect example of the old saying, “One person can make a difference.” As a proud member of the Chesaning community and a former teacher, I want to thank Mrs. Schroeder for all of her efforts in the planning, execution, dedication and implementation of this successful program. Great job Michelle, John, and the entire Schroeder crew and all who have taken time away from their families to serve the community this summer.

Yours for better education,

Doug Corrin and Denique Greenfelder

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