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.


Whitehills Elementary Upcoming Fundraisers

Whole Foods Market 5% Day - October 18


The Whitehills School Association has been selected as the partner nonprofit for October’s Whole Food Market 5% Day. The East Lansing store will donate 5% of its net sales on Thursday, October 18 to the WSA. Please share widely and come in and do your shopping to help support initiatives at Whitehills.

BooPalooza Online Auction - October 21-28


The BooPalooza, this year's version of the annual "Palooza" fundraiser for Whitehills Elementary, includes a DJ'd dance for kids, an online auction, an onsite silent auction, and other fall fun to raise funds for the Whitehills School Association. This year's fundraising goal is to raise enough money for each student to attend an event at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts this academic year, and to bring a children's book author for an exciting Reading Month assembly in March 2019.

Baskets and packages are pictured on the online auction site, https://www.32auctions.com/BooPalooza, and will also be on display at the BooPalooza on October 26 for those who want a closer look. In addition, at the onsite silent auction the night of BooPalooza there will also be themed baskets and student-created "Pawtery" art from each classroom.

East Lansing Public Schools Community Informational Forum - School District Proposals on November Ballot


October 25 , 2018
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
MacDonald Middle School Library




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Capital Area Latina Youth Presents Nanibah Chacon

Nanibah “Nani” Chacón is a Dine (Navajo) and Chicana artist bringing her message and talent to Michigan State University and the Lansing Community. Chacón creates public murals and artwork that engage the community and the local landscape, with a focus on representing Indigenous traditions, culture, and feminism. Her work is recognized for its unique style and the attention she has paid to site specificity, as well as the integration of socio-political issues affecting women and Indigenous peoples.

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The East Lansing Educational Foundation and Sylvan Learning Center SAT Practice Test

The cost is just $25 – all proceeds go to the ELEF to help fund East Lansing School District programs.

SAT Practice Exam: Saturday, November 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the ELHS Student Union

Open to all MMS and ELHS Students
Please register early to reserve your spot.
Attendance will be limited to the first 150 students!
Snacks generously provided by Grand Traverse Pie Company.
What to bring – calculator and sharpened pencils - snacks provided

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City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre to Bring “Sherlock Holmes” to the Stage

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will bring “Sherlock Holmes” to the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC) stage, 819 Abbot Road, Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 9-11.

Friday shows will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday shows will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the Sunday show will take place at 3 p.m. More than 60 mid-Michigan youth, ages 9-18, make up the cast and crew of this latest AECT production.

“The youth involved in this show (both on stage and behind the scenes) have been working really hard since mid September. We are all very excited to share this story and encourage everyone in the Greater Lansing area to come enjoy it with us,” said AECT Artistic Director Liz Cooke. 

Tickets are $7 for children (17 and under) and $10 for adults (18 and above). Community members can purchase tickets ahead of time by visiting the ELHCC Box Office or by calling (517) 333-2580 ext. 0. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus for more information.

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Intro to Floor Hockey Clinic

Floor hockey is similar to soccer. The object is to get the plastic puck into the net, past the goalie, using plastic hockey sticks. Floor hockey is played inside a gymnasium with tennis shoes/sneakers. Teams are Co-ed.

Floor hockey is FAST and FUN, but lacks the aggressiveness associated with ice hockey. Kids from any school district or any city are welcome. Equipment will be provided.

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All-of-US Children's Theater

Through theatre, young kids enhance reading skills, practice their ability to work in a team, take on leadership roles, gain self confidence to take with them to school, and learn to balance both
focus and creativity.


Recreation Basketball

This program provides instruction, recreation and the development of individual skills. An emphasis will be on team play, group cooperation and sportsmanship.

Games are typically played on Saturday; however, some weeknight games are possible. They will take place at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, and at East Lansing elementary schools.

Games may also be played in other local communities.

Coaches will contact players by Thanksgiving with team assignments.

• Practices begin the week of Monday, December 3.
• Games start Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.
• 7 to 8 game season.

Game shirts can be purchased for $15 at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

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East Lansing City Clerk Seeks Election Inspectors for November 6, 2018 General Election

East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster is currently seeking civic-minded, qualified citizens to work as paid election inspectors during the November 6, 2018 General Election.

“By working at our precincts on Election Day, election inspectors play an important role in assisting with the voting process and ensuring the right to vote for all registered voters. They are a vital part of democracy in action and are greatly appreciated for their service,” said Shuster. “An important thing to note is that you do not have to be a registered voter in the City of East Lansing to work as an election inspector during one of our elections. You simply have to be a registered voter in the State of Michigan or a student (ages 16-17).”

Shuster encourages any eligible individual with an interest to consider applying to be an election inspector, including high school and college students looking to gain experience and learn about the latest voting technology. Prior to the election, appointments are made for election inspectors and chairpersons. Election Inspectors must commit to working on Election Day from 6 a.m. until approximately 10 p.m. They must also attend a mandatory certification class before Election Day. Election inspectors should be detail-oriented, friendly and able to work up to a possible 16-hour day. Payment is as follows:

All-Day Workers                      $120
Half-Day Workers                    $60
Chairpersons                             $180
Required 3-hour Training         $10/hour

To apply, please complete the Application for Election Inspectors (PDF) and mail or deliver it to the East Lansing City Clerk's Office at 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Individuals who have previously worked as an election inspector or chairperson during an East Lansing election do not need to re-apply, but they are asked to email kgardne@cityofeastlansing.com if they would like to sign up again.

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Crossing Guard Applications Are Being Accepted for the City of East Lansing


Either one hour in the morning, or, one hour in the afternoon, or both depending on need, Monday – Friday. Must be available before school starting time and when school lets out in the afternoon. Specific hours dependent on public school.

$12.00 per Hour

Go Online to cityofeastlansing.com for details and to complete an application.

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East Lansing Basketball Club Red Cedar Evaluations

October 29, 2018 @ MacDonald Middle School
5th Grade Girls – 5:30-7:00
6th Grade Girls – 7:00-8:30   

November 1, 2018 @ MacDonald Middle School
5th Grade Boys – 5:30-7:00
6th Grade Boys – 7:00-8:30  

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East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities

Dear Friends of the East Lansing Educational Foundation:

Through wind, rain, and snow a dedicated team of community volunteers meets on the second Tuesday of each month with one ultimate goal in mind; to help raise funds to distribute to East Lansing Public Schools teachers, administrators and staff.

It has been my pleasure over the past few years to be a part of this team, better known as the East Lansing Educational Foundation, and to help raise those funds and to assist in reviewing the requests for assistance for our classrooms that come in each fall. From your donations, the ELEF was able to fund grants this year totaling over $48,000. I wanted to share just a few of those wonderful requests that were awarded this year.

East Lansing High School
$1,058.00 for two new cameras for the yearbook staff
$3,939.90 for mini iPads for the Math Department

MacDonald Middle School
$3,500.00 for a new 3-D printer

$4,760.00 for a science partnership with Impression 5 Science Center

$1,199.25 for performance stages for the music department

$2,398.00 for Ozbots for STEM enhancement programs

$718.00 for parental support literature

$3,400.00 for Drum Fit - a collaborative effort between P.E. and music classes

As you can see, students at every school in our district benefit from your generous support to the ELEF. As we enter the season of giving, I humbly ask that you once again open your hearts and your checkbooks to assist the ELEF in its mission to continue to provide that extra support our ELPS teachers, administrators, and staff so deservingly need. We all benefit from this generosity of spirit and our community is a much richer place for it. Please fill out the enclosed donation form or visit us online at: www.elef.us to contribute to the ELEF in whatever amount you can spare. All donations are extremely appreciated.

Have a safe and happy holiday season,

Blair Renfro
President, East Lansing Educational Foundation

PDF Version of Letter

Donation Form


East Lansing Soccer Club’s Kindergarten Soccer Program!

Registration is now open for East Lansing Soccer Club’s kindergarten soccer program !  This is a fun, clinic style program focused on promoting basics of soccer and team sports as well as friendship amongst East Lansing kindergarten classmates.

Fall 2018 options (pick one):
Session A: Whitehills Elementary, Monday 5-5:55 pm
Session B: Whitehills Elementary, Monday 6-6:55 pm
Session C: Bailey Park, Tuesday 5-5:55 pm
Session D: Bailey Park, Tuesday 6-6:55 pm

Registration is open online at http://www.eastlansingsoccer.org . Fee is $50, includes a t-shirt
and the fall program runs from Monday, September 17th to Tuesday, October 23rd. Registration
can also be handled on-site - show up for the first session with a check made out to East
Lansing Soccer Club.


East Lansing Public Library

Homework Help


Does your student need help with their homework?
On Tuesdays the MSU College of Education honors organization Kappa Delta Pi will tutor students grades K-12 in the Maker Studio.

No registration required!
Homework Help will meet Tuesdays from 5-7pm on:

  • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • November 6, 13, 27

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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.



Girl Scouts - Real Adventures for Girls

Harris Nature Center Halloween Adventures

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10am - 5pm

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Impression 5 Design & Build Day Day

Saturday, October 13, 2018
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Impression 5 Science Center

  • Experience construction through virtual reality!
  • Shingle a mini roof!
  • Build with tools and wood!
  • And more!

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International Day of the Girl

Girls! Realize your full potential! Come explore STEM fields and experience a life changing future path! Bring your family and friends!
When : Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: East Lansing High School Student Union (cafeteria)
What: Come celebrate International Day of the Girl with us. This year, we will focus on young women in STEM related fields. A collaboration of East Lansing (EL) student clubs -- Science Olympiad, EL Robotics, Students for Females in STEM, Students for Gender Equality -- and non-profit organization STEM For All would like to invite you to join STEM demos and games ranging from chemistry, physics, computer programming to engineering and more! We are proud to host guest speakers from Michigan State University, Women in Engineering at 3:00 pm, and together we will discover education opportunities for women in STEM.
For more

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LCC Youth Programs - Fall 2018

East Campus: 2827 Eyde Parkway, E. Lansing, MI 48823 Ph: 517-483-1415

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Michigan State Universtiy Girl's STEM Day

MSU is hosting an educational, informative, fun event on Saturday, November 17, 2018 called Girls' STEM Day.  This event is for k-4th graders, is filled with hands-on activities, and is FREE.  Registration is required and chaperones may bring up to 3 students.  Registration deadline is Oct 24, or until max capacity is reached. 

Register at http://www.egr.msu.edu/wie/k-12/programs-outreach

Michigan State University Wow! That's Engineering!

Come join the Society of Women Engineers at MSU! WOW! That’s Engineering® is a fun interactive event designed to expose young women in grades 4th-8th to the wonder-ful world of engineering through STEM related hands-on activities!

All activities will be led by current women studying engineering at Michigan State University!

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MSU CeLTA Language School College of Arts and Letters Language Classes for Preschoolers, Children & Teens

Our weekly language classes for preschoolers (ages 3-6), kids (ages 6-12), and teens (ages 13+) provide practice for speaking and listening while incorporating some reading and writing. Children are grouped by age and proficiency; concurrent sections are offered for most languages.

Classes are held in Wells Hall at MSU starting the week of September 10, 2018. All classes meet for 10 sessions.

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MSU MVP Ball Club

Our Mission:
The MVP Ball Club is about more than just basketball.  It's about developing kids throughout Mid-Michgan both on and off the court. 

Our philosopy is:
Be active, Be healthy, Never give up, Dream big, and Be yourself

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STEMfest 2018

From website: 

Calling All Children Grades K-6!

Enjoy a fun and exciting day exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through a variety of over 50 hands-on activities, with an emphasis on a learning, non-competitive experience!

Free parking will be available in the Gannon Ramp, 600 N. Grand Ave. Check-in and events will be held in the Arts & Sciences Bldg.


Trojan Aquatics Swim and Polo

Various grade levels and more details available.

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East Lansing Middle School Swimming & Diving Team Parent Information Meeting
Tuesday, October 30
7:00 - 8:00 pm
MacDonald Middle School Cafeteria


Write Michigan Short Story Contest

Visit the Write Michigan website for contest details

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