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This week in the Education Room: GIVING THANKS!

Pumpkin Spice Playdough, Lincoln Logs, Puzzle, Turkey Puppets, Festive Coloring Pages

Thursday Pot Luck Meals

On the following Thursdays, the Education room will be open to a themed family potluck!
To participate, simply sign up below to bring a dish to pass.

November 15th ~ Soup/Chili 

December 13th~ Sloppy Sandwiches

January 10th~ Pasta/Salads

February 7th~ Casseroles


November 3rd            Kick off Party

November 10th           Victorious Veterans/Meetings

November 17th           HexBugs

November 24th           Giving Thanks 

December 1st            Opening Ceremonies/Pictures

December 8th            Cardboard Architecture

December 15th           Holiday Hoopla 

January 5th                 Happy Birthday!

January 12th               Recycled Art

January 19th               Great Skate Weekend

January 26th               Science Rocks

February 2nd               BLOOD DRIVE/Closed

February 9th               Exercise BE Heart Healthy

February 16th            Zoo

February 23rd             Cardboard Architecture II

March 2nd                   Reading Month/Story Time

March 9th                   FIRE DEPARTMENT

March 16th                 CLOSING CEREMONIES

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Reading Challenge

Books, books, and more books! Here at the GYF we love to encourage our youth players to read more. The education room started the "Read to Lead" program which provides incentives (cool prizes!) to all of the players if they read books from the Foundation library, read online, read at school, and more. Stop by the Education Room on Saturday and pick up your Reading Log! 

Contact Information

Have a question?

Please don't hesitate to call or email the Education Director:

Jennifer Kierzek 

[email protected]

Wish List

The Education room is seeking the following items, if you have any at home that you would be willing to donate, please bring them with you to the rink when you come.  Thanks for your support. 

lego sets
mega blocks
tinker toys

College Tours

Mark your calendars for our Ferris State University Visit!  February 1st.  Hockey game VS Lake Superior State University!


Calling all Parents

I am looking for 10 parents/professionals who can join me for our Career Day on Saturday, January 26th  to show off their amazing career

On Saturday from 2-5 p.m. every player from 8th through 12th grade, in every Foundation Division, is encouraged to come to this career day event to help build a plan for their future.

This is where you come in, we would love for you to come and share your educational and professional experiences with the players.  There is plenty of space in the community room at the rink for you to demonstrate some aspect of your profession. 

Please let me know if you are interested or know someone who would be willing and available to share their profession with our players, it is a wonderful opportunity to brag about your chosen professions. 



 My name is Jennifer Kierzek, and I will be replacing Ms. Wendy in the Education room for the upcoming 2018-19 hockey season.  As we are all sad to see Ms. Wendy leave, I promise we will have a great year together.

As some of you may know, I have been coaching my daughters Eva and Marin in the Girls and Olympian divisions the past two seasons.  I have been an educator for many years; earlier in my career, I taught 1st, 4th and 6th grades and for the last 17 years I have been teaching Writing at Grand Valley State University. 

I have a great year planned for the parents and players in the Youth Foundation. Staying true to the goals and expectations of the foundation we will continue to have a reading program, college visit, blood drive, career day and goal sheets.  We will continue to offer new and exciting Saturday morning activities for the players and siblings and extend the use of the room on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a quiet reading/study hall space. 

Please take a look at the calendar and take note of a few dates: Ferris College VisitRed Cross Blood Drive, and Career Day.  Also, check out the website for our Wish List and the newly added Pot Luck Dinners for families who are at the rink on Thursday nights.

Health & Fitness

  EXERCISE: Check out these workout ideas here

  HEALTHY EATING:  Need some healthy eating ideas? Click here

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