Local Events and Opportunities

Community activities and events are listed below.  All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting.  In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office.  By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.

City of East Lansing

East Lansing Educational Foundation Events


501 Burcham Drive ♦ East Lansing, MI 48823



Board Members
Casey Bain
Kevin Blair
Scott Carney
Mary Crawford
Scott Eldridge
Tom Fehrenbach
Chuck Gagnier
Mara Haynie
Kacie Kefgen
Jan Munn
Dane Sprecher
Julie Thomas-Beckett
Andrew Wells

Dori Leyko

Michele Huisgen

November 2023

Dear East Lansing Educational Foundation Family,

The impact of the East Lansing Educational Foundation is evident in every classroom across the district, affecting every student from kindergarten through graduation. As we enter this season of “thanks-giving,” the ELEF would like to say THANK YOU for your generosity and support. Because of you, ELEF continues to enrich the lives of students in our district by providing grants which supplement and augment the excellence of their education.

Our accomplishments in the last year include;
  • The distribution of nearly $75,000 in funds for teachers to support amazing grant requests. Grants include: DSLR cameras for the Middle School, Olympic-themed materials for elementary PE, Specdrums elementary STEAM materials, Robotics club and Model UN support for the high school.
  • Two $10,000 scholarships to the University of Michigan from the generous donation of Dr. Robert Posey and Judy Posey through the Weng Scholarship fund.
  • Creation of the School Social Worker and Counselor Endowment Fund from Allyson Knox and Mark Solheim.
  • Direct outreach to donors by members of our ELEF Board.
  • Continued support of the ELPS district in their diverse book initiative so elementary school children across the district can see themselves in the characters in the books they read.
How can you continue to support ELEF? The most obvious way is your generous donation which increases the grant totals for distribution every fall. Here’s how to donate:
  • Via the web at www.elef.us
  • Via check using the enclosed envelop.

Another impactful way to support ELEF is volunteering for one of our many committees or joining the Board. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, business owner, graduate, or other ELPS supporter, your input and effort is appreciated and welcomed, and it’s a great way to give back. Contact Michele Huisgen at michele.huisgen@elps.us for more information.

In this special season of thanks, please consider giving generously to the East Lansing Educational Foundation to continue this important work. Our impact in the classrooms across the district helps make well-rounded community members for tomorrow. On behalf of the entire Board, we give thanks to each of you, our ELEF family.


Julie Thomas-Beckett
ELEF Board President

PS. Please save the date of May 2, 2024 to join our 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner

PDF DocumentELEF Annual Drive Letter

PDF DocumentDonation Form


History of the Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award

The Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Award began in the spring of 1985 as a memorial to a young East Lansing girl named Sarah Beth Tarpoff.  She was a student at the now closed Bailey School when she died in a horse-back riding accident.  This accident occurred at the same time the school was closing.  As a result, the school’s Parent Teacher Organization decided to combine the remaining PTO assets with monies given to the Tarpoff family in Sarah’s memory to begin a writing award and a new education foundation that has become the East Lansing Educational Foundation! 

An accomplished rider, Sarah loved horses more than anything.  She also loved to write and draw, so this award program was created in her name to foster and encourage other children to express themselves through writing and drawing.

For over thirty years the Sarah Tarpoff Creative Writing Project has been open to all students in East Lansing Public Schools, from kindergarten to high school seniors, who submit an original poem, story or essay no longer than 1,000 words. Each manuscript is read and evaluated by high school students in Honors English, under the direction of their teacher, to evaluate and judge submissions. Everyone who enters receives a ribbon honoring their participation. In addition, all students, Kindergarten through grade 12, may also receive first, second, third, or honorable mention ribbons.

For many years the Creative Writing Award was organized and run by Sarah’s family, with the help of many others dedicated to encouraging the language arts.  It then transitioned into an East Lansing Educational Foundation sponsored program, retaining the core mission of encouraging creative writing within the East Lansing community and school district. First place entries are published, with parental permission, on the East Lansing Educational Foundation website and linked to the East Lansing Public Schools website.

The 2022-23 school year 1st Prize Award-winning entries will be showcased and published on the East Lansing Educational Foundation (www.elef.us) and the East Lansing Public Schools websites starting July 2023.

Stories By School



Community Events

Football is back for grades 4th – 6th!!!
For additional information and to register, please visit
our website: https://littlefoxmedia.wixsite.com/elyfc

PDF DocumentEvent Flyer

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.



Mid-Michigan Raptor 

Middle School Coed Water Polo
Grades 6-8
No experience necessary

Open to all Area Middle Schools

Register Now!

PDF DocumentEvent Flier


Summer 2024 Opportunities

Join TMYL in East Lansing this summer!

TMYL will be holding two weeks of our Summer Tennis Camp in East Lansing this year. Read below for more information and to get registered!

Location: East Lansing High School

Week 1: Monday 6/3/24 – Thursday 6/6/24
Registration Cost: $55/player

  • 9:00am-9:45am (Red Ball, Ages 6-7)
  • 10:00am-11:00am (Orange Ball, Ages 7-9)
  • 11:00am-12:00pm (Green Ball, Ages 9-11)

Week 2: Monday 8/12/24 – Thursday 8/15/24
Registration Cost: $55/player

  • 1:00pm-1:45pm (Red Ball, Ages 6-7)                                                      
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm (Orange Ball, Ages 7-9)
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm (Green Ball, Ages 9-11)

To register, scan the QR code or follow th url.  Use password
"TMYL2024" to access this page!


QR Code Link to tmyl.org