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Women Who Care to hold meeting on May 11

GRAND BLANC — The 100 Women Who Care Genesee County Chapter will host their next meeting at the Captains Club in Grand Blanc on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Derived from the national organization of 100 Women Who Care, our local chapter includes women from the Genesee County community who meet together for four meetings a year and pledge as an individual member or part of a team, to give $100 at each meeting and then the chosen charity (or non-profit) goes home with those donations.

Previous selections include the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s Backpack Program at Grand Blanc Academy, The Old Newsboys of Flint, Zoie Sky, The Foster Closet of Genesee County, The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, Burton Valley Church of Christ’s “Mission Possible”, The Luke Duncanson Legacy, St. Luke’s N.E.W. Life Center of Flint, and their latest selection this past February was the Teddy Bear Patrol Project sponsored by the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce.

Area law enforcement puts teddy bears into police cars of Genesee County so authorities can distribute them to children they encounter who have been involved in some type of trauma (like a car accident, house fire, a lost child, or domestic disputes).

Founder Melissa Schummer has led the Genesee County Chapter of 100 Women Who Care since 2013 and together, as a group, they have donated nearly $40,000 to Genesee County Charities and Non-Profit Organizations. — G.G.

MCC dental assisting student breaking traditions

FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) Dental Assisting student Matthew Johnson, of Grand Blanc, is the recipient of the Michigan 2016 Breaking Traditions Merit Awards presented by the Department of Education of the State of Michigan. The Breaking Traditions Awards is a Merit Award for students who are successful in CTE programs that are nontraditional for their gender. It provides an avenue to recognize and highlight student achievement in nontraditional career training and to provide role models for other students considering a nontraditional career.

“Matthew was chosen for this award partly for his grade point average and for his willingness to be a help to his fellow students,” said Denise Polk, Coordinator of Dental Assisting for MCC. “He constantly finds ways to assist others. Matthew does not fit the traditional role of the dental assistant, people interested in the career tend to be female.”

Mott College has only had approximately 10 males in 25 years in the dental assisting program, according to Polk, “which makes his accomplishment all the more extraordinary,” she said. It is unusual to have males pursue either Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene programs. This year the MCC Dental Assisting program had three male students which is very rare, she added. — G.G.

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