Project FOCUS serves Baldwin students

BALDWIN – Keeping young school children out of trouble and well-behaved during and after the school day is one of the toughest tasks an educator can face. The Baldwin Community Schools are attempting to fix this problem.

Project FOCUS, which stands for For Our Children’s Ultimate Success, is an after-school program that describes its mission as “... to produce quality, motivated citizens through safe and fun educational enrichment opportunities that will broaden the horizons of both the students and their community.”

Project FOCUS is funded through a 21st Century learning grant from the Michigan Department of Education.

The program currently serves first-through eighth-graders in the Baldwin Community Schools as well as Hart Community Schools, Hesperia Community Schools, Walkerville Community Schools and White Cloud Public Schools.

Project FOCUS runs a wide variety of programs to keep the children entertained after school, from having the children construct bird house to having Reed City resident Jim Maturen, of the Michigan Wild Turkey Hunters Association, give a presentation on wild turkeys and demonstrate different types of wild turkey calls.

Project FOCUS in the Baldwin Community Schools is run by site coordinators Ann Cole, at the elementary level, and Angelina Robbins, at the junior high level.