Summer Learning Opportunities

Does your child love science or writing? If so, you may want to look into these summer day camp opportunities.

2017 Laker Writing Camps

These camps are an outreach of the Lake Michigan Writing Project, and there are a few date and location options to choose from. I have participated in a Lake Michigan Writing Project program for writing teachers, and it was an amazing experience!

Van Andel Education Institute Summer Camp

This is a weeklong morning camp, and there are two different weeks to choose from. The focus for students going into 6th grade in the fall is “Environmental Forensics: What’s in the Water?” I’ve had the opportunity to visit the VAEI facility, and spending time in their labs and classrooms would be exciting for curious young scientists.

Advance Newspapers Essay Contest

Hello, friends!

I don’t know about you, but I have been watching, reading, and listening to a lot of information about the candidates who hope to be elected as our next president. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were the president of the United States? If you have an idea about how you would make our country better, I encourage you to enter the Advance Newspapers Back to School Essay Contest. Your idea could even win a prize! (See details below.)

Advance Newspapers Back to School Essay Contest


If you were president of the United States, what one thing would you do to better our country and why?


  • 1st-3rd grade
  • 4th-5th grade
  • 6th-8th grade
  • 9th-12th grade

Prizes for each category:

  • 1st place: laptop computer
  • 2nd place: TBA
  • 3rd place: TBA

Deadline is July 2, 2016

Winners announced on August 7th, and winning essays will be printed.

All entries must include:

  • name of student
  • grade completed prior to summer vacation
  • school
  • teacher’s name
  • student’s home address and phone number

Essays may be hand written or typed.

1,000 word maximum

Send entries to:


Advance Newspapers

Back to School Essay Contest

3102 Walker Ridge Dr.,

Walker, MI 49544

For questions, call Pat Pike, Contest Coordinator, at 616-209-0359 or email

*Employees and members of the Advance BCI Inc., Mlive Media Group, staff, judges, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.