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State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. has been looking for the area's best strongest frontline heroes. Onodaga's Darcey Thilo was recently awarded as on the 23rd District's Frontline Heroes.
Darcey is a paraprofessional at Leslie’s Woodworth Elementary and President of Leslie’s Educational Support Personnel. When schools first closed in the spring, Darcey was working with several different teachers in their Zoom classrooms throughout the day, as well as working in the building preparing documents for students to use at home in their remote lessons, working with teachers to ensure students still had a quality education experience. As support personnel, Darcey works in many roles for the district, including food service, where much of her work is now focused. In the spring, Darcey and her team worked to ensure students who receive free and reduced lunches at school did not lose that food security by delivering meals to students. She has helped Leslie Public Schools in its expansion of their meal program to free 7 day meal packs for anyone 18 and under, which she helps to distribute on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00pm at Leslie High School.
Though her role is a lot of work, Darcey says the best part has been being able to step up and help her community, especially seeing students from all over Ingham County utilize their free meal program. Leslie Public Schools and her support staff have worked so hard to ensure this difficult time has run smoothly for its students, and she’s extremely proud of their unit for their efforts. Darcey is known by her colleagues for working constantly for the betterment of staff and their entire district. Every year, she and her unit organize a Christmas celebration at their local bowling alley as a “Thank you” to teachers and education support staff. While they cannot gather to celebrate this year, our community celebrates Darcey’s dedication and tireless efforts to uplift our students and educators through this difficult school year.
Darcey will receive a $100 gift card to The Vault Delicatessen in Mason. Originally purchased by R.C. Dart in 1936, The Vault’s location was Dart Bank until 1969. In 2005, R.C. Dart’s great-grandson Scott Robinson brought the building back to family ownership, continuing their family’s heritage of five generations on the Courthouse Square. The Robinson family’s businesses, which include The Vault, Bestsellers Bookstore, and Darrell’s Market & Hardware, allow you to shop, eat, drink, and read local!
The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association recently recognized outstanding area players for post season awards. Here are your Leslie honorees:
Congratulations to all!
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Jan. 13 – Three more Michigan High School Athletic Association non-contact Winter sports will be allowed to restart practice Saturday (Jan. 16) per the updated epidemic order announced today by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), while four Winter contact sports may begin indoor practices Saturday with non-contact activities.
Girls gymnastics, girls and boys bowling, and girls and boys swimming & diving, as “non-contact” sports, may also begin competition before the end of this month – swimming & diving Jan. 22 and gymnastics and bowling Jan. 25. Masks will be required of all participants except when they are actively participating in gymnastics and swimming & diving. Spectators will be capped at 100 persons in school gyms or 250 in stadiums and arenas, per MDHHS orders.
Basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling are considered “contact” sports and may begin non-contact practices Jan. 16, with their first competitions scheduled for Feb. 1. Because of the later start to competition schedules in those sports, the MHSAA will adjust its tournament dates for those four to conclude on later dates than what is currently scheduled – those dates will be announced later this week.Girls and boys skiing, as an outdoor non-contact sport, was allowed to begin in December.
“We are glad to have three more sports join skiing in returning to full activity, but we understand the disappointment and frustration on the part of our athletes and coaches whose sports are not yet able to restart completely,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “We will continue to adjust schedules to provide all of our winter teams as substantial an experience this season as possible, as part of our greater plan this school year to play all three seasons to conclusion.
“We have shown with our remaining Fall sports this month that our schools can participate safely, and we’re confident teams will continue to take all the appropriate precautions as we jump back into indoor Winter activities.”
Additionally, spring sports teams and fall teams not participating in the MDHHS rapid testing pilot program may begin four-player workouts and resume conditioning Jan. 16, but only with non-contact activities. Fall teams finishing their seasons in girls volleyball, Lower Peninsula girls swimming & diving and football have been able to do so by taking part in the MDHHS rapid testing pilot program for COVID-19; volleyball and swimming & diving will conclude with Finals this weekend, while football will finish Jan. 22-23 with 11-Player Finals.
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