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.
East Lansing Educational Foundation Events
East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities
Dear Valued Supporter of the East Lansing Public Schools,
As the East Lansing Educational Foundation Board Members meet and explore how to navigate a world where we live with COVID-19 in our midst, we continue to focus on our goal of supporting the needs of ELPS students and teachers. This is only possible through the generous financial gifts from our community. We are currently working with ELPS administrators as they carefully consider how to best educate students while also addressing the health and social wellness of all our students.
It is clear to us there are two main areas where the support of the East Lansing Educational Foundation and its donors can be of greatest help; (1) enhancing the technology infrastructure to ensure that all students have the necessary equipment to learn remotely, and (2) supporting our teachers and administrators as education evolves to include best practices for remote learning and equity for all students.
In these critical times, the ELEF has set a goal of raising $30,000 this summer, what we would have typically raised during our annual Awards Dinner event. Your donation will allow the swift adaptation of new education models, directly supporting ELPS students and teachers for the changing technology and equitable approaches that will be required to continue the excellent standards to which we are accustomed.
As many of you are aware, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people across the globe, including locally in East Lansing. The illness and resulting deaths of loved ones has changed families forever. Unfortunately, that is not where the impact ends. The East Lansing school district depends on the State of Michigan to fund its operational needs. Due to COVID-19 and the resulting economic challenges, it may be necessary to make reductions to the overall school district budget.
Possible budget reductions will have an impact on all students; however, those from traditionally minoritized families (e.g., socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, differently abled) will be disproportionally affected by these reductions. This is where your help is needed. Now more than ever, the ELEF is committed to stepping forward to support educational equity for our schools and our students. We need your financial support to help ensure this happens. The ELEF depends on donations from the East Lansing public school community for its support. Please consider matching or exceeding your previous donations to the ELEF for these important changes. We graciously welcome all new donors!
Despite the challenges in our world at this moment we remain hopeful because of the students in our district, the dedication of the teachers in our district, and the support from parents, graduates, businesses, and community members. With your generous donation, we will continue the important work of the East Lansing Educational Foundation in supporting excellence in education for all our students.
Thank you in advance for your generosity. We look forward to being able to say thank you in person soon.
On behalf of the East Lansing Educational Foundation Board of Directors
City of East Lansing/East Lansing Parks, Recreation, & Arts Upcoming Events
Special Meetings Scheduled to be Held Electronically This Week
The majority of the City of East Lansing’s regularly scheduled, in-person public meetings will continue to either be canceled or converted to special, electronic meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Currently, there are five special meetings scheduled to take place electronically this week:
- East Lansing Transportation Commission Monday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.
- East Lansing City Council Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
- East Lansing Planning Commission Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
- East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Thursday, Sept. 24 at noon
- East Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Thursday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. (Immediately following the DDA meeting)
- East Lansing Downtown Management Board Friday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.
These meetings will be held electronically pursuant to Executive Order 2020-154 issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The public meeting notices, which include details on how to view the meetings and participate in public comment during the meetings, and agendas may be added to the City’s Electronic Meetings webpage, www.cityofeastlansing.com/electronicmeetings, or amended up to 18 hours prior to the meeting. The webpage will continue to be updated as new, special meetings are scheduled and public meeting notices are finalized.
City of East Lansing Recognizes National Voter Registration Day
In honor of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 22, the East Lansing City Clerk’s office is encouraging East Lansing citizens to register to vote or verify their current voter registration is up to date for the upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election at www.mi.gov/vote.
“It is very important for voters to keep their registration information up to date, including our student population,” said East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster. “If you have a Michigan driver’s license or state i.d., now is the time to take five minutes and look your information up online to make sure everything is current and accurate. That information can be updated online through Oct. 19. After that, voters will need to come to their local clerk’s office with proof of residency.”
The East Lansing City Clerk staff have taken several steps to better serve voters this election season, including installing a second teller window at the City Clerk’s office in East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road. Additionally, a satellite City Clerk’s office will open at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, beginning Oct. 5. At both locations, community members will be able to register to vote, vote early (beginning Sept. 24 at City Hall) and turn in their voted ballots.
For residents voting by mail, the City Clerk’s office will be including pre-paid postage return envelopes with absentee voter (AV) ballots. The City Clerk’s office is also implementing the TrackMIBallot election mail tracking system for AV ballots, which allows voters to track their ballots through the mailing process and verify it was received. Additionally, the City Clerk’s office has mailed AV ballot applications to all registered voters who haven’t applied for a November ballot using grant funds awarded by the Center for Tech and Civic Life.
Voters will also have the opportunity to drop off their ballots at two new ballot drop box locations. In addition to the existing ballot drop box in the north lot of East Lansing City Hall, ballot drop boxes will be installed soon at the MSU-CATA Transportation Center, 592 N. Shaw Lane, and the East Lansing Department of Public Works, 1800 E. State Road.
The City Clerk’s office will also be participating in multiple virtual events to help educate the community and students on registering to vote and options to vote absentee.
Details about the satellite office at ELHCC, the new drop boxes and the virtual events will be shared once finalized.
Community members can learn more about National Voter Registration Day at https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/ and by viewing the resolution approved by the East Lansing City Council on Sept. 8. Community members with questions about the upcoming election can contact the City Clerk’s office at (517) 319-6914.
City of East Lansing Welcomes Spartans, Encourages Off-Campus Safety this Fall
As the community welcomes back a considerable number of student residents this August, the City of East Lansing is reaching out proactively to encourage off-campus safety during the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
A main concern for City officials has been the potential for large social gatherings in the City’s off-campus neighborhoods without safe physical distancing or the wearing of masks. These types of gatherings have already started to occur.
“While we want student residents to feel welcome, we also want those that plan to attend large social gatherings to recognize that their actions during this pandemic have consequences not only for themselves, but for the people they care about and for fellow community members,” said East Lansing City Manager Lahanas. “We have seen, firsthand, how these gatherings can cause large, local outbreaks, which is why we must all do our part to keep our community safe and businesses open.”
All residents, including student residents who may have just returned, are reminded that outdoor social gatherings are currently restricted to no more than 25 people in parts of East Lansing per an emergency order issued by Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. Those who disregard this order could be subject to a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for no more than six months and/or a fine of up to $200. Indoor social gatherings are currently restricted to no more than 10 people from different households per a statewide executive order; a willful violation of which is also a misdemeanor. All gatherings, indoors and out, must be designed to ensure that people from different households maintain a social distance of at least six feet.
Last weekend, officers with the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) were proactive in breaking up several large social gatherings and preventing several smaller social gatherings from increasing in size by providing warnings and educational outreach about the gathering orders. While officers will continue to use educational outreach as a first approach, it’s important to note that they are tracking violations in their police reports and will be pursuing a course of enforcement for multiple offenses at the same address, which could result in misdemeanor charges and university discipline (for violations involving students). City officials have worked with MSU officials to develop a procedure for reporting student misconduct in the off-campus community, specifically as it relates to local ordinances and COVID-19 emergency orders. While MSU believes in an education-first approach to ensure compliance, students reported for off-campus violations of ordinances and emergency orders that put the public’s health in danger could face discipline, including expulsion, under MSU’s General Student Regulations process.
“While having fewer people on campus certainly keeps our campus safer, our greater community — the City of East Lansing and other communities that host our students in off-campus housing — also deserve to be safe places to live,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “That is why MSU is working together with the City of East Lansing to educate our students and reinforce our expectations — both on campus and off — to make certain we are doing everything we can protect our communities and hold accountable those who disregard state and local orders at the expense of the health of others.”
ELPD will also continue to be proactive in enforcing the City’s existing noise and party ordinances, as they have in previous years. Additional steps taken to encourage off-campus safety are as follows:
- A mayoral order was put into place requiring that masks be worn in all outdoor public areas within the boundaries of the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority.
- A “We Have You Covered” ambassador program was launched to encourage mask wearing in downtown East Lansing.
- A “Together We Will Stay Safe to Stay Open” marketing campaign was launched in partnership with MSU.
Visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/staysafe for additional, important information.
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