BY DENISE SOBH
Dan Taylor, special education and social studies teacher at Trenton High School, has brought mock trial programming to his classroom to help students comprehend the curriculum first-hand.
Taylor started the mock trial team at the high school six years ago and this year led them to the finalist round of the state mock trial competition for the first time ever. Their run ended with an impressive sixth-place finish.
“I competed in mock trial competitions in high school,” Taylor said. “I spent some time student teaching and working at Community High School in Ann Arbor and the school had a highly ranked mock trial team in the state.
“That’s when I had the idea to bring the program to Trenton. It’s a very well-developed program at the state level and as I found out more about the program offered by the Michigan Center for Civic Education, I decided to create a team in Trenton six years ago.” (read more…)
BY PAT ANDREWS
Volunteers. All work and no pay. And that is just the way that the membership of the Knights of Columbus fraternal service organization has operated internationally for more than 195 years. Its strength comes from a simple vision; that in every community there are people to help and projects to complete.
Sacred Heart Council No. 13475 based on Grosse Ile stands out for a number of reasons, among them a long list of council-supported activities made possible by fundraising activities throughout the year. One, the operation of fish fry during the Lenten period, began as a fairly well-kept secret. They began three years ago in the kitchen and gymnasium of Sacred Heart School and soon the migration of islanders and mainlanders filled the facility to capacity. At the final dinner of the season on April 14 more than 450 hungry visitors were fed, including those who drove to the school, ordered “out” and piled back into their cars. (read more…)
BY KATHY KANE
Rotaract clubs are part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. They are a non-religious, non-political and non-profit organization which are involved in community and international service and they are paired with a local Rotary Club. The clubs are open to young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.
The Trenton Community Rotaract club was recently inducted by Rotary District 6400 Governor Sue Goldsen and Trenton Rotary Club President Laurie Dixon. Sixteen members have signed up so far.
The first fundraiser for the group will be a golf outing this summer. They hope to raise funds to provide a Downriver area scholarship and mentoring program for high school and junior high students with their new initiatives. Some other fundraising and meet up events will include a euchre contest, providing services to Meals on Wheels and professional networking meetings. They are hopeful others will join the group and share in the fun. (read more…)
Thanks to the combined efforts of the Grosse Ile High School Key Club and the Kiwanis Club of Grosse Ile, 250 pairs of non-slip socks were delivered to the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Detroit.
On April 13, more than 50 students, parents and community members came together to make the event possible. The day marked the one-year anniversary of the Kiwanis family service night beginnings. In celebration, the Kiwanis club brought a large chocolate cake for everyone to share.
The service nights began as a way to bring kids, high school students, parents and older adults together in the name of service. Past service nights have included a senior citizens
Valentine’s Day party and a robotics night in partnership with the high school robotics team. That’s all just in 2017. (read more…)
BY PAT BRYAN
Three women were given monetary awards for their ambition and contribution to society. The Soroptimist International of Trenton Area, which is a service organization of hard-working women dedicated to improving the physical, mental, and emotional health and lives of women and girls, each year recognizes special women in our area.
TV’s Grand Event in Trenton was the venue for the annual awards banquet March 28. The judges for the various awards, local professional and business people, evaluated each participant’s application based on set criteria and essays delineating their contribution to women and society. Attendees at the banquet were the award winners and their guests, the judges, and of course, Trenton Soroptimist. (read more…)