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Athletes and coaches salute Sen. Jim Ananich

LANSING — Champions for America’s Future – Michigan (Champs-MI), a national bipartisan membership organization of athletes and coaches who have come together to make sure every child has the best chance to compete in life, today paused to salute the leadership of Sen. Jim Ananich with the 2014 “Mover & Shaker Award.”

Champs-MI executive committee member, Judi Brown Clarke, who is also a 1984 Olympic silver medalist and previous MSU Women’s Track & Field Coach, was joined by fellow executive committee member, Nolan Moody, a member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health & Sports, and the former pitcher for both the Michigan State University baseball team and the Detroit Tigers Baseball Organization, to present the award.

Brown Clarke said, “I personally know that teamwork and sticking to a task start in preschool. The ‘Mover and Shaker Award’ is a symbol of sticking to the task and to say ‘thank you’ to Sen. Ananich for his efforts to support and fund quality preschool for all eligible 4-year-olds in Michigan.”

Moody said, “This award is recognition of Sen. Ananich’s leadership to ensure that at-risk 4-year-olds have access to high-quality preschool in Michigan. As an athlete and a member of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, I know that high-quality preschool is a home run in terms of getting kids on track to success in school and beyond.”

In the past two years led by Governor Snyder, who also received the “Mover and Shaker Award,” Michigan lawmakers added $130 million to the Great Start Readiness Program, the state-funded preschool program, to ensure that all eligible 4-year-olds have access to high-quality preschool.

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Get free downloads for new tech toys

GENESEE COUNTY — Now that you’ve unwrapped your new e-reader, check out the wealth of free material available through the Genesee District Library.

The free stuff from your library comes in many convenient formats and can save you money on music, magazines and books.

Use Freegal, the GDL’s free music source, to build that perfect party playlist. When making those New Year’s resolutions, log on to the digital magazine source, Zinio, for access to health and fitness magazines. And check out OverDrive, the GDL’s free downloadable book app, and find a good book to curl up with on a cold winter night. Simply go to thegdl.org, click downloadable links on the Home Page for e-music, e-magazines and e-books, use your library card and PIN to create an account, and start browsing. — G.G.


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