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Wondering where we’re at with the NEW Old Mission Peninsula School? Put this meeting on your calendar.

The Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation (OMPEF) will update everyone on the progress of the new school at a community meeting on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, 6 p.m., at the Jolly Pumpkin, 13512 Peninsula Drive on the Old Mission Peninsula (in back of Mission Table, formerly Bowers Harbor Inn).

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As we reported earlier this year, the new K-6 elementary school received a charter from Grand Valley State University. The school will be tuition-free and open to all students in the region, with a launch date of September 2018. The current Old Mission Peninsula Elementary School building, purchased by the OMPEF, will serve as the home to students throughout the region.

Allison O’Keefe, president of the OMPEF, a (501)(c)(3) non-profit group that’s organizing the school, notes that students and their families will experience a community atmosphere with small class sizes, using the EL curriculum in which students think critically, produce high quality work, and take active roles in their classrooms and communities.

Representatives from Grand Valley State University and the National Charter School Institute will be at the meeting to answer questions. The meeting will also include specifics on how the school is going to roll out, the curriculum, and other pertinent details.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and learn more about the new Old Mission Peninsula School. For more information, including opportunities to get involved, visit

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.

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