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Youth participate in 4-H horse program

Two area youth spent the summer learning about horses in a program run by Mr. Ray Hahn, the 4-H Rocky River Riders leader.  The two youth who enjoyed this experience were 5-year-old Aivian Allen and 6-year-old Keion White.  Hahn worked with other youtAV with horseh, Ms. Lauren and Ms. Courtney, in this venture.
     A big congrats to Mr. Ray Hahn for his selfless devotion to our youth and his sharing of his passion with them.
     This is also a plea to raise donations for Mr. Hahn and his horse program, to help his 4-H Club raise funds to maintain his horse, and to solicit helpers to volunteer an hour or two a week to help with chores.


Summer’s almost here: Ready . . . set . . . read!

The arrival of Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer!  Yaaay!!

     For some children, it’s the time to enjoy some leisurely days and time away from daily rigors of school . . . but not completely!

Educational studies say students can lose two to more months of reading and math skills over the summer if efforts are  not made to engage in some things educational and stimulating.

So, between the long, lazy days of summer, go to your local library, and if your child does not have a library card, sign up for one.  Find out what reading programs and games your local library has.

Take time out to visit a museum . . . or take a nature hike, identifying the flowers, plants and birds and animals as you go.

Enjoy your summer, but dare to be deliberate with your child’s summer reading!

     Ready . . . set . . . READ!!

OFFKM supports our community

Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries is committed to supporting and helping to improve our community.

     Collectively, members of the community can make a difference by:

     1.     Attending a board of education meeting to share your concerns;
     2.     Get information how your school is meeting your child’s needs;
     3.     Offer solutions versus rehashing circumstances that created low performing students;
     4.     Volunteer to work with students.
Given the low achieving number of 3rd through 8th grade students, request that the administration support community programs that supplement classroom instructions. It is not possible for our youth to receive too much support/reinforcement.
 I invite comments directly to me from the community at 269-476-1257, or email address or by mail, P.O. Box 9, Vandalia, MI  49095.

Community, Let’s ‘Wake Up’!


This is an open letter to the parents and other stakeholders in the Cassopolis Community School District and a plea to take action by asking questions and sharing your concerns with your Board of Education:

  • Did you know that 68 percent of our 3rd to 6th graders are BELOW grade level in both Math and English?
  • Did you know that 80 percent of our 7th – 8th graders are BELOW grade level in both Math and English?
  • Did you know that our student-athletes are allowed to continue participating in sports and extracurricular activities, even if they have one or more failing grades, instead of being required to attend a Study Table session (until that grade improves)?
  • Visit the Cassopolis School District website and share your concerns with the Schools Superintendent, Mr. Tracy Hertsel, “for improving education for our children and our leaders of tomorrow.”  He can be reached at (269) 445-0503.
  • It is your right and responsibility to share how you feel about these scores:  Share your concerns at the next Board of Education meetings:  April 11, 2016, and April 25, 2016 (the board meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month).
  • MI School Data for Cassopolis School District 2013-2014 and 2014-2015

Make a change with financial literacy classes

It’s Spring, but you still haven’t forgotten the New Year’s promise you made to yourself to understand your money better . . . and that was do more with it than save it.

You’re just in time for the “Making Changes” classes on Financial Literacy coming soon to the Cass District Library in Cassopolis.  The classes run on Monday and Thursday evenings, 5:30 to 8 p.m., May 16 to June 2, 2016.

For more information, contact the Cass District Library at (269) 357-7822.

Pre-registration is suggested; the classes are free and a small meal will be served before the sessions start.

Looking to buy a home?

Are you wondering whether now is the time or if you’re even financially able yet to buy a home?

Snipping art for OFFKM homebuyer classes June 2016.JPGHave no fear ~  the Cass District Library plans to clear up any questions you may have through a Homeownership Class planned to help you better understand and prepare for the home-buying process.

The three classes run in June 2016 and are free; a small meal will be served before each session.  They run 5 to 8 p.m. on June 6, June 9 and June 13, 2016.

These classes are part of the “Making Changes” financial literacy classes planned by Cass District Library.

To participate, interested people must  pre-register:  Contact Clarise Murphy or Jennifer Ray at the Cass District Library at (269) 357-7822.

WANTED: A Few Good Board Members

WANTED:  A Few Good Board Members

WANTED:    A few good people to serve on a nonprofit board ~ Not for the ‘faint of heart!’

SKILLS:        A heart for service and a willing spirit

TIME:            Board meets once a month, for up to two hours.                  

PAY:              Reward of seeing families and youth grow


Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministry is looking for a few good people who are on fire to serve families and youth in our community, by connecting their needs to available resources or daring to help design what’s needed.

You can come equipped or not — but please come with passion and a willing spirit: We will provide free leadership training so you can join us in our work. Become part of this movement to support our communities and families while helping move them — and us —- forward!

Background checks (free to your) will be conduced on all people chosen to serve on our board.

Curious? Courageous? Contact OFFKM at 269.476.1257 or via email at

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