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August 29, 2015

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1 $1 TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN ★ SPRING LAKE ★ FERRYSBURG SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2015 2014 NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR | | | THE BIG # The number of times each week a CHS mentor needs to meet with a student TOP 3 STORIES Pastors' statement on marriage, homosexuality 1 Surfers credited in saving girls from rough Lake MI 2 10 things to know today 3 at CONNECT WITH US THANK YOU Natalie Wyels For being our FACEBOOK of the day! WEATHER Partly cloudy BY SAMUEL SABATINO 79 64 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S GETTING TO KNOW DIANE SHERIDAN SEE STORY, PAGE 3 GH WINS BATTLE OF THE BOARDWALK SEE SPORTS, PAGE 9 Hannah Dillree spent most of her summer taking courses for college credit. The Central High School senior attributed her "most beneficial summer" to the encouragement of her mentor, whom she met through a school program. With the new school year beginning Sept. 8, the Grand Haven school is looking for community members interested in serving as mentors for its students. Cheryl O'Connor, a Central teacher and program director, said mentors are asked to commit at least one hour a week with their mentee for the school year. The program is entering its fourth year. Last year, some mentors worked on post-high school plans and arranged opportunities to take students on college tours and learn about programs offered. "These mentors really bond with the students and find ways to reach them," O'Connor said. Before meeting with their assigned student, mentors receive training so they understand the expectations and have ideas on what they can work on — such as setting goals, organization, communication and employment. In addition to dedicating time, mentors should also be interested in making a difference in a teenager's life, and be good listeners and role models, O'Connor said. Kristy Keever, who has been a mentor for two years, said it's a rewarding opportunity, and there's a lot of support to help you along the way. "It really makes a difference in our community," she said. The student Keever men- tors, Central senior Hailey Zant, said Keever inspired her to get involved in the community. Mentors and students typi- cally meet during the school day, but they can also arrange to meet off campus. Dillree, 17, and her mentor went out to lunch and talked, which Dillree said made her mentor also feel like a friend. One Courtesy photo Central High School is look- ing for community members to serve as mentors for its stu- dents. Hannah Dillree, right, and her mentor have kept in touch since last year. Central High seeks mentors BY KRYSTLE WAGNER BY KRYSTLE WAGNER See MENTORS on PAGE 3 Before heading back to school, many doctors say children should also get vaccinations. Dr. Kyle Kramer of the North Ottawa Medical Group said he strongly recommends that kids get vaccinated because it helps not only those who have weakened immune systems or can't receive immunizations for medical reasons, but it also decreases the prevalence of illness in the community. A new requirement was added late last year for parents or guardians seeking non-medical waivers to opt their children out of immunizations, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Parents are now required to receive education from a county health department about the benefits of vaccinations and risks of disease. Parents can also speak with health educators about their concerns before having a non- medical waiver signed. Not immunizing children is a "risky decision" because there are effective vaccines available to prevent deadly diseases, Kramer said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: — Ages 4-6 should receive vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Back-to-school vaccination time 4 – 6 years old � Diphtheria, tetanus � Whooping cough (Pertussis) � Polio � Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) � Chickenpox � Infl uenza 7 – 10 years old � Hepatitis A � Meningococcal � Pneumococcal � Infl uenza 11 – 12 years old � Tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough � Meningococcal (fi rst dose) � Human papillomavirus vaccine (three doses) � Infl uenza 13 – 18 years old � Meningococcal (second dose at 16 years old) � Infl uenza What vaccinations are recommended for your child? Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention See VACCINATION on PAGE 3 Veteran mentors say it's a rewarding experience The Battle on the Boardwalk took place for the third straight year at Grand Haven's Waterfront Stadium on Friday. The high school volleyball tournament was expanded into a two-day event this year, with junior high volleyball camps taking place on Thursday, before freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams from Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Fruitport and Mona Shores competed on Friday. Games were moved up an hour due to the risk of rain, but the players managed to stay dry on the warm summer day. The Grand Haven Bucs won the event for the third straight year. For more photos and a full story, please see Sports on Page 9. ABOVE: Mona Shores and Fruitport compete in the foreground of Friday's event, while Spring Lake faces Grand Haven on the far court. RIGHT: Grand Haven's Claire Holman (5) goes up against Fruitport's Alyssa Veihl. Tribune photos/Nich Wolak Battle on the boardwalk

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