ESCANABA - Escanaba Area Public Schools is seeking participants for its Escanaba Success Stories project, which coincides with the city's 150th birthday celebration.
The project, being done in conjunction with the Esky 150 committee, was announced by Escanaba Area Public Schools Superintendent Michele Lemire during Monday night's school board meeting.
"Escanaba's celebrating its 150th birthday and this project is seeking to try and identify at least 150 people who graduated from Escanaba High School that used their education to be successful in some way," she explained.
She said success can be measured in many ways such as through academics, opening a business, saving another person's life, serving others in the community, being a renowned musician or athlete, or being a local hero, among others. The public is invited to nominate "a success" who graduated from the district in the last few years or many years ago.
Lemire will have a nomination/submission form available on her blog, located at eskysupt.blogspot.com, for those interested in providing their input.
Photos and/or videos may be sent to accompany submissions.
Lemire said Esky 150 Committee members will review each of the submissions before sharing them publicly. The information will then be posted on the school district's alumni website, located at eskymos.com/alumni/index.html. The idea is to also make the information available in some form during the Esky 150 celebrations this summer inside the Ruth Butler Building on the U.P. State Fairgrounds.
"Sometimes public education has come under fire," noted Lemire. "We fail to recognize the good things that our public education has done and I think that our staff members have been extremely effective in helping students become one with the citizens and so that's what this project is all about."
Stories and videos may be emailed to Lemire at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or can be mailed or dropped off at the superintendent's office at 1500 Ludington St., Escanaba, Mich. 49829.