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

April 8, 2024                          

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing City Clerk’s office is recruiting election inspectors for the upcoming school bond election on Tuesday, May 7.

“The May 7 special election on the school bond is an excellent opportunity for new election workers to gain some experience before the state primary election in August and general election in November of this year,” said East Lansing Chief Deputy City Clerk Amy Gordon. “Serving as an election worker is an incredibly important role in our society. We are so grateful to our community members who work on elections.”

Community members with an interest in fulfilling their civic duty as an East Lansing election inspector must be registered to vote in the state of Michigan--although not necessarily in the City of East Lansing--or they must be a student aged 16-17. Election workers earn $15 per hour including during required training. Precinct chairs and co-chairs earn $17 per hour.

Fill out the online application to become an election inspector via the website at: https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/FormCenter/City-Clerk-4/Election-Inspector-Application-80. Those who have previously served do not need to reapply, but they should email cityclerk@cityofeastlansing.com to indicate their interest and availability in serving once again.

To learn more about elections in the City of East Lansing, including how to register to vote, polling locations and how to vote an absentee ballot, visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/elections.

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

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The East Lansing Educational Foundation (ELEF) is celebrating their 40th anniversary at this year’s Awards Celebration Dinner on Thursday May 2, 2024. Dinner tickets are $75 each and raffle tickets are $20 each. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 15, 2024 and can be purchased on-line at: https://elef.us/news-events/annual-awards-dinner

In its nearly 40-year history, ELEF has funded more than $925,000 in grants to the teachers and students of East Lansing Public Schools. This school year 44 grants were funded totaling $70,000 in grant monies.

At the event the 2024 Awards Recipients will also be honored. These awardees are ELHS alumni who have achieved professional distinction at a national or international level or have an impact on the East Lansing community.

Event Details

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.

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Community Events

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

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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.



Mid-Michigan Raptor 

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

Open to all Area Middle Schools

Register Now!

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Summer 2024 Opportunities