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Elementary School & Primary Center


We believe to become truly educated, students must recognize and develop their intellect, their talents, and their aspirations. That’s why we advocate developing the whole person through various programs and activities available throughout our community.

Accelerated Reader
We have designed the individualized reading program to both enhance and support our teacher’s regular reading programs. In our library, we have tagged specific books to reflect a reading level. Our students can check out and read these books. Once they have read the book, our students take a computer comprehension test. The Accelerated Reading program automatically places the score, book title, and test into the student’s database. Both teachers and students have access to the database so they can track how much and how well they are reading. This gives our teachers another tool to help assess the student’s reading level.

The Accelerated Reading program also provides incentives for students to perform well. We rate the books by their length and give them a point value. When students earn a specific number of points, they receive their incentive. Our students can earn prizes from both their teacher and the principal. For example, if a student earns 200 points, he/she earns the privilege of joining Mrs. Dawson as “Principal of the Afternoon!” Check out our AR prize list for Grant PC and EL. Get busy reading!

After-School Program
We've designed our After-School Program to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children in kindergarten through sixth grade during the hours immediately after school. We offer tutoring and homework assistance, enrichment activities, supervised recreation activities, and positive social interaction with peers. We also enjoy field trips and family activities throughout the year.

This program is offered from Monday through Thursday between 2:42 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m., students can use the bus to go home or they are allowed to stay until 5:00 p.m. with parent provided transportation. Application forms are available in the recreation office at the administration building. For more information, please contact our office.

Box Tops for Education
Every Box Top is worth 10 cents! Please save the box tops from General Mills grocery items displaying the Box Tops For Education symbol, and send them to school with your child. The GM company will send us a check to spend any way we’d like. Please visit Box Tops for Education program to get signed up. Thank you for supporting our school!

Buddy Bench
At Grant PC and EL, we have a buddy bench on each playground. A buddy bench is a simple strategy to help eliminate loneliness on the playground and encourage students to support their peers. Take a moment to read our buddy bench rules and check out the Grant buddy bench video created by our students to learn more about being a buddy bench expert!

CATCH Program
Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) unites multiple players in a child’s life to create a community of health. CATCH proved to prevent childhood obesity and supported by 25 years and 120 academic papers. Two of the most important ways that CATCH creates behavior change are by enabling children to identify healthy foods and by increasing the amount of moderate to vigorous activity children engage in each day. Grant PC and Elementary partner with Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial and Michigan State University to ensure the success of this initiative.

Dual Immersion
The Grant Spanish/English Dual Immersion program includes native English speaking students and native Spanish speaking students. The goal of our Dual Immersion program is to develop bilingualism, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies for all students. In our Dual Immersion program, students learn content through both their native language and the target language.

Students spend half of their day learning with an English-speaking teacher and half of their day with a Spanish-speaking teacher. Students continue in a dual immersion classroom through their fourth-grade year. Research indicates that all students in the program will be proficient in English, proficient in Spanish, and at or above grade-level academic benchmarks at the end of fourth grade. For more information about Grant's Dual Immersion program, contact our office or see our Dual Immersion program map.

Girls on the Run
This national program is designed for girls in third through fifth grades. The mission of this program is to build confidence. The mission statement of Girls on the Run is as follows: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. For more information about this program, please contact the office.

Kickstart to Career Newaygo County
Kickstart to Career Newaygo County is a children's savings account program designed to build aspirations, encourage savings, increase financial education, and assist with career preparation, training, or college expenses.

A savings account will be in the name of each participating kindergartner enrolling in school in fall 2018 through 2027. Fremont Area Community Foundation manages the program and will make an initial deposit of $50 in each account. Find out more at the Kickstart to Career website!

Kid’s Club
We offer Kid’s Club to meet the needs of parents who cannot pick up their child by 2:42 p.m. on Fridays. We offer the children a choice to play various board and card games. If weather permits, we allow them to have outdoor time. At 4:00 p.m. students can use the bus to go home or they are allowed to stay until 5:00 p.m. with parent provided transportation. For more information, please contact our office.

Tiger Tuesdays

At Grant PC and EL, we have a program we call Tiger Tuesday. The focus of this program is to create a culture whereby students, parents, and teachers have a process in place for regular review and conversation about student achievement, growth, and goal-setting. We also help students think about what they will need to do to be college and career ready as they travel through elementary school. 

Studies show when students are able to talk about their own learning and help set their own learning goals, they are more likely to make progress toward those goals. This year, we will be doing many things at school to continue to grow our Tiger Tuesday program and stay focused on setting and achieving academic goals.

Schoolwide Title 1

Grant Primary Center and Grant Elementary School qualify as Title 1 buildings. This means we get additional financial support to provide extra help in reading and math for students who qualify as needing this support.

Please review the presentation below to learn all about our Title 1 programming at the PC and EL!