Marble’s Spaghetti Dinner is a Staple for Learning

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 2:15 pm
Chantal Tetreault

Marble Elementary School will host its annual Spaghetti Dinner — to raise funds for the fourth grade trip to Mackinac Island — from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. (Photo by Jim Pivarnik)

More than 20 years ago the idea of a fourth grade trip to Mackinac Island was started by Cindy Loeffert at Glencairn Elementary School. Loeffert and Renee VanRemmen began the tradition of taking their classes to tour Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island each year.

After a couple of years, Barb Remington and Dave Price, Marble’s fourth grade teachers, began taking their students as well. By taking this trip each year, students bond with classmates and family members who join on the trip. Together, they actively learn about the “living history” of Michigan’s past.

As VanRemmen notes, “This is a terrific opportunity for our students to experience firsthand our state’s historical past and the impact it has had on who we are today. Each historic site is a replica of what life was like in the past, so the children can understand the importance of Michigan’s history and what life was like during those times.”

One of the first students to attend the class trip was Sami Tucker, who is now herself a fourth grade teacher at Marble. This year, Renee VanRemmen and Sami Tucker will continue the tradition of taking Marble Elementary students on this memorable educational experience. Tucker and VanRemmen share a joint set of classrooms at Marble and will co-lead the class trip for 2020.

“It is surreal to have been a former student and now a teacher at this Spaghetti Dinner,” Tucker said. “When I was in fourth grade, I thought this event was very special. Last year at the dinner, I remember thinking how incredible it was to host a fundraiser that supports family togetherness. Looking out at the dinner, you see families volunteering or sitting down and enjoying their meal together. It is also fun to see the students step up and volunteer looking like young professionals.”

The Spaghetti Dinner is a community event that will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Marble Elementary (corner of Hagadorn Road and Burcham Drive). Dine in or take out; please make sure to complete this registration form in advance. For information, contact the school at 333-7860.

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