2013-11-07 / Community

News Briefs

MSP collects over 600 pounds in ‘take back’

LANSING – The Michigan State Police announced that 640.8 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at MSP posts across the state during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on Oct. 26.

The MSP partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other local law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to provide a safe, convenient and responsible venue for citizens to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

All 29 MSP posts participated in the one-day effort.

Secretary of State to close on Veterans Day

LANSING – The Secretary of State branch offices will be closed on Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

The Department of State mails notices to motorists 45 days before their driver’s license or license plates expire to give them ample time to renew. Licenses and plates that expire on a day when state offices are closed, can be renewed the following day without penalty.

Center taking teacher nominations for award

LANSING – The Michigan Historical Center in Lansing is still accepting nominations for the 2013 Odyssey Award for teaching excellence in Michigan history, in order to solicit more input from parents, students and staff during the school year. The deadline for nominating an outstanding history teacher is Dec. 1.

The award is sponsored by the Michigan History Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the work of the MichiganLogo for Odyssey Award, recognizing outstanding Michigan history teachers Historical Center.

Essential to all successful instructional programs are the dedicated teachers who inspire their students and instill in them a passion for learning. The Michigan Historical Center Odyssey Award recognizes these outstanding teachers. Each year the award honors two Michigan history teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching and supporting Michigan history.

Representatives from the Michigan Historical Center will present award plaques along with a cash gift of $1,000 and one annual family membership to the Michigan Historical Museum.

All Michigan history K-12 educators are eligible for the award. Nominees are judged on their depth of knowledge about Michigan history, leadership in teaching others about Michigan history, and creative teaching methods.

To download the one-page nomination form, visit the Odyssey Award page. For information about the award or the nomination process, contact Mark Harvey at harveym@michigan.gov.

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