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.


Marble Elementary Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings in East Lansing for 4th Grade Trip to Mackinac

All friends, family and supporters of Marble Elementary are invited to participate in their fundraising event on

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Everyone is invited to gather at Buffalo Wild Wings in East Lansing (360 Albert) for lunch, dinner, or a snack. On this day, 20% of purchases accompanied by the certificate below will be donated to Marble Elementary.

Event Flier and Presentable Certificate

Capital Area District Library Used Computer Sale

Saturday, Dec. 8
9 am - 2 pm

CADL Downtown Lansing
Basement Galleries 

Great deals on retired equipment!

Conditions of Sale

  • Equipment sold on a first come, first served basis during the hours of the sale.
  • Limit of 5 computers.
  • Payment methods accepted:  Cash, Personal Check, Credit Card.
  • Items are in used, working condition, sold as-is - all sales are final. 

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

Downtown East Lansing Toys for Tots Campaign Currently Underway

Community members are invited to give back this holiday season by participating in downtown East Lansing’s Toys for Tots campaign.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which serves to distribute toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for the holidays.

Community members can donate new, unwrapped toys at a number of participating downtown East Lansing businesses through Dec. 12. A list of participating businesses can be found here: https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/1920/Toys-for-Tots. Food items and toys that look like realistic weapons will not be accepted.  

As a part of the Toys for Tots campaign, a significant donation of toys has been made by The Landmark on Grand River, Newman Lofts, The Christman Company and the MSU Federal Credit Union. These groups will also be sponsoring a special activity during the 2018 Winter Glow event, taking place on Saturday, Dec. 1. The first 400 people that bring a new, unwrapped toy donation to the East Lansing Marriott lobby, 300 M.A.C. Ave., on the day of the event will receive a free photo with Santa.

Photos with Santa will be taking place in the lobby of the Marriott from 3-6 p.m. and a special ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. (adjacent location in the lobby) to honor those involved with the Toys for Tots campaign. East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows will be making a few remarks and members of the media and community are invited to attend.

For additional information about downtown East Lansing’s Toys for Tots campaign, visit https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/1920/Toys-for-Tots. For additional information about the Winter Glow, visit https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/WinterGlow.  

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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.


East Lansing Educational Foundation awards more than $50,000 in grants to teachers

The East Lansing Educational Foundation (ELEF) awarded 37 grants totaling $50,559 to East Lansing Public School teachers on Friday, November 16. More than 2,000 K-12 students in the ELPS community will benefit from grants that create added curriculum opportunities in the arts, science and math. In its nearly 35 year history the foundation has funded more than $300,000 in grants to East Lansing Public Schools.

ELEF board president Kwafo Adarkwa called this latest round of grants “one of the largest giving totals in the history of the foundation and signals renewed commitment from the foundation to continue to support academic excellence in East Lansing Public Schools.” Adarkwa added, “This is our reason for being as a foundation and our board members will keep working to generate private financial resources in the community to make days like this possible.”

Behind every grant is a story of students and teachers; here are just a few:

  • All kindergarten teachers in the district will receive $7,094 for literacy enrichment books
  • Glencairn Elementary will get $759.00 for Nature Discovery Program for its students
  • Donley receives $3,600 for an Impression 5 partnership
  • East Lansing High School gets $1,000 for white boards to support science department students

For a complete list of the grants go to: www.elef.us/grant-program

Grant funding comes from the Foundation’s Year End Campaign (look for our campaign letter this month), from the Awards Dinner (May 16, 2019) at East Lansing High School, and the ELEF Tailgate in September.

To make a donation towards future ELEF grants, go to: www.elef.us/donations

Mission Statement:
The East Lansing Educational Foundation is a diverse organization pursuing excellence and innovation in education through community engagement, strategic partnerships, ongoing fundraising and effective programming.

Vision Statement:
The East Lansing Educational Foundation supports all ELPS educators and students to excel and innovate by collaborating with the community to raise and distribute financial and in-kind resources.

Event Press Release and Additional Information

East Lansing Educational Foundation & Creative Wellness Present Begin Today, A Wellness Event

January 12
Join us for light refreshments and an evening of wellness!

Massage Therapy

Creative Wellness will donate 100% of profits to the East Lansing Educational Foundation.
Cash, check or charge only.Insurance will not be accepted.

Call and book your appointment!

Visit www.creativewellness.net for more information.

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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



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.



Klimb of the Decade - 4th Annual Klimb 4 Kids

February 10 @ 10am
Breslin Student Events Center
$25 per participant

This family-friendly event has you climb the stairs in the arena at your own pace. Included with the race is a t-shirt, free food, giveaways, and SO MANY ACTIVITIES! This year's theme is decades, so dress in your best 80's, 90's, or '00's outfit for a chance to win Best Dressed! All proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.

To register, please visit:

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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 6-9), preteens (10-12) 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 January 21, 2019. 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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Sports Injury Research Laboratory Study for Men and Women Who Participated in Contact Sports in High School

The Sports Injury Research Laboratory is seeking men and women ages 30-40 that partcipated in contact sports in high school to participate in our study lastinng approximately 2 hours.

The purpose of our study is to assess the if there are any long-term effects of high school contact sports

You will receive $20 compensationon for your time.

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Trojan Aquatics Swim and Polo

Various grade levels and more details available.

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Youth Athletic Association - Youth Basketball

Youth Athletic Association will host a basketball league for Boys and Girls K-4th grade at Court One Training Center-7868 Old M-78 East Lansing, MI.

This 5-week season first game is Friday February 15th.

All Practices will be on Wednesday’s starting February 6, 2019.

Sign up NOW Online Only @ www.yaasports.org Deadline is Friday January 25th

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