The East Lansing Educational Fund (ELEF) held its third annual tailgate on Friday, September 5, at East Lansing High School. The event, which according to ELEF’s Michele Hulsgen drew about 200 people, officially welcomed the Class of 2027.
Kate Powers, Kwafo Adarkwa, and ELEF President Mindy Emerson (shown left to right in photo above) were on the serving line to greet guests. The East Lansing High School Marching Band Drum Line performed for those in attendance.
The gathering also drew a number of teachers and administrators from East Lansing Public Schools. When asked how ELEF supports the middle school, MacDonald Middle School Principal, Merem Frierson , replied, “ELEF does a tremendous job supporting our teachers and the programs here. There’s the monetary support, but also the emotional support they provide.”
Frierson added, “We know we have this organization that backs the work we do every day and puts together wonderful activities like this one that bring our community together.”
ELEF’s mission is to “work to enhance excellence in public education by raising and distributing private resources for the benefit and enrichment of all students” in the East Lansing Public Schools. Teachers can apply to ELEF for grants to support special programming, and ELEF also supports ongoing programs like the Sarah Tarpoff Writing Project, which encourages creative writing through all K-12 grades of the East Lansing Public Schools.
The weather held during the tailgate, but before the East Lansing High School football game even began, the area was hit with a strong storm due to a cold front. The marching band managed to finish the Star Spangled Banner before rushing under the bleachers to get out of the rain. The game against Grand Haven was ultimately postponed until the next day, with Grand Haven winning 34-7. The next home game will be against Lansing’s Eastern High School on September 19 for Homecoming.
Disclosure: Alice Dreger has a son at East Lansing High School and has been a donor to ELEF.
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