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Students Visit the Capitol on Ag. Day

Dear Friend,

In honor of this month’s National Agriculture Day and visits by several local FFA chapters, I would like to thank all of those in our counties who work with students in the agriculture industry. In a time when so much learning happens at a computer screen, these groups give youth the real hands-on education they need to help move Michigan forward.

Ag Day
 
FFA Groups

It was great pleasure to meet the students who came to Lansing for the 88th Annual FFA Convention. Several of our local chapters were here at the convention. Their enthusiasm for hard work and outdoor learning is contagious. This quality is present in other youth agriculture organizations like 4-H, too. These groups and their volunteer leaders give students a constructive activity while also building their leadership skills – two very good pursuits.

See the graphic below on the impact of agriculture in Michigan.

Thanks again to these students for taking a bold step of leadership in our communities!

-Mike

Agriculture in Michigan
 

Visiting Young Leaders

Two local schools invited Mike to events celebrating March as reading month: Hanover-Horton for Family Reading Night, and a Quincy Middle School classroom eager to engage. We look forward to joining other schools at their future reading days.

Sen. Shirkey

Two local schools invited Mike to events celebrating March as reading month: Hanover-Horton for Family Reading Night, and a Quincy Middle School classroom eager to engage. We look forward to joining other schools at their future reading days.

Visiting each school provided a great opportunity for Mike to share his favorite books, and talk about the importance of being inquisitive and tenaciously positive.

Sen. Shirkey

March is typically the time when schools and leaders focus on reading as a key way of learning about the people and events of the past. Reading to learn, not just to finish, was a highlight both days.

At Hanover-Horton Elementary School, staff, students, and their families spent the evening reading, working on projects, playing games and enjoying a meal together. Activities that day and throughout March have been reading-themed to match the month.

Enthusiastic students asked a variety of questions about music, government, literature, and more in the classroom setting at Quincy Middle School. Mike used each of these topics to show students that they will always find what they are looking for, and should approach every new experience or book with readiness to learn. As this classroom discussed, this applies to reading, to meeting new friends, and even to being friendly in a lunch line.

Read more about Hanover-Horton’s Family Reading Night or the Quincy Middle School visit.

Marriage & Family Matters - Free Library

March’s month of reading is not just for students anymore.

Thanks to the organization Marriage Matters Jackson, you can check out books on marriage and family-related topics from their free library. They have some useful titles on parenting and developing healthy communication skills with a spouse.

The family plays a crucial role, and the status of healthy or hurting families affects all of us. It touches almost every area of public policy. Essential to every family are caring parents with a strong marriage. These free materials can help!

Choose your books online, then pick them up at the organization’s local office. All it takes is a visit to their website, or a call for more information: (517) 796-5116.

Senator Shirkey In The News

See local and legislative news from March and February: http://www.senatormikeshirkey.com/news/

Senator Shirkey Named Friend of Family Medicine

Student Statesmanship Institute at Spring Arbor University a Success

Hanover-Horton Hosts Family Reading Night

Shirkey Visits Quincy Middle School Classroom

Serving with and for you,

Mike Shirkey

Senator Mike Shirkey
320 Farnum Bldg.
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Visit my website at: www.senatormikeshirkey.com