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Many people may wonder if you can get answers to life’s questions while enjoying your favorite pizza or entree’. As it turns out, you can, especially when it comes to the “new” Old Mission Peninsula School.

Beginning September 12 and continuing on the first and third Tuesday of each month through the rest of 2017, Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation (OMPEF) board members will be at the Jolly Pumpkin from 6-7 p.m. to answer your questions about the new OMP School. So bring your questions, your kids, grab a bite to eat and we’ll see you there!

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We also invite you to send us your questions in advance to us at [email protected].

Please add us to your calendar for “Talkin’ Tuesdays at the JP”:

  • September 12, 6-7 p.m. at the Jolly Pumpkin
  • September 19, 6-7 p.m. at the Jolly Pumpkin
  • October 3, 6-7 p.m. at the Jolly Pumpkin
  • October 17, 6-7 p.m. at the Jolly Pumpkin
  • November 7, 6-7 p.m. at the Jolly Pumpkin
  • November 21, 6-7 p.m. at the Jolly Pumpkin
  • December 5, 6-7 p.m. at the Jolly Pumpkin
  • December 19, 6-7 p.m. at the Jolly Pumpkin

Here are more upcoming events where we’ll be available to answer questions about the new OMP School:

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September 15, 4 p.m.: OMPS PTO Potluck Picnic at Bowers Harbor Park at 4 p.m. Last names beginning with A-L, bring a dessert to pass. Last names beginning with M-Z, bring a main dish to pass. Bring along your beverage of choice as well! There will be a raffle drawing for a parking spot at school and a silent auction for a second parking spot. One of these two parking spots could be yours for the whole school year! Someone will be on hand with information about the new OMPS Charter School, and OMPS PTO will be selling kids and adults spirit wear.

September 16, 6-9 p.m.: Harvest for OMPEF fundraiser at Chateau Grand Traverse. Tickets are available at Get yours now, as tickets are limited.

November Community Meeting: We will have a community meeting in November with plenty of information for you. Watch for our “Save the Date” notice coming soon.

Stay up to date by visiting the OMPEF website here.

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

Because Old Mission Gazette is a "Reader Supported Newspaper" -- meaning it exists because of your financial support -- I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks our way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. In a time when local news is becoming a thing of the past, supporting an independent community newspaper is more important now than ever.

To keep the Gazette going, click here to make a donation. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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Allison O'Keefe
Allison O’Keefe is president of the OMP Education Foundation. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1993 with a BA in sociology, and graduated from the University of Hartford with a Masters of Education in Counseling in 1999 and a 6th year degree in Counseling in 2000. Allison worked in education for 13 years as a middle school guidance counselor in Connecticut and Atlanta, Georgia area public schools. She also worked at the Frankfurt International School in Oberursel, Germany as a middle school guidance counselor and an assistant principal in the Upper School. Upon returning to the United States, Allison took a position at Suttons Bay Public Schools as a high school guidance counselor and then at West Middle School in Traverse City as a counselor. She chose to leave the education field to raise her two children. Allison was a member of the Peninsula Township Parks Commission and then a co-chair to fundraise for the Bowers Harbor Park baseball fields. In 2016, she became the PTO President for Old Mission Peninsula School, during the time when the local school district wanted to close the elementary school because of lack of school funding.


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