It's been a great Summer but it's back to it for our area schools and no one is coming in bigger to celebrate the start of the school year than the Muskegon Big Reds. Even the drive down to the campus today to get the story gives you that feeling of what an incredible place we have in Muskegon Schools and the remarkable history held within the neighborhood surrounding the High School and Hackley Stadium. With the construction of the new middle school happening not far away and the incredible improvements happening all over the district footprint, it's time to celebrate.
Friday is the return to learn event, I met up with Superintendent Matthew Cortez, Athletic Director Keith Guy and Head Football Coach Shane Fairfield today to talk about getting back to it in 2022 and how things have been for the school.
Return to Learn for Muskegon Schools is a community event. It gets underway at 3p on Friday August 26th at the Hackley Statue Courtyard on the Muskegon High School Campus and there will be on the spot school registration, school information and plenty to learn about school clubs and activities. Bounces houses for the kids, lots of prizes and games and fun for the family too, which is so much better than "come and pick your seat" out like some of the more traditional back to school gatherings. It's a chance for residents to come and see first hand the improvements that have been made and it's also a chance for students, teachers and families to get acquainted and ready to roll for the new school year.
Football fan? Well, at the Return to Learn event, bragging up Hackley Stadium is a big part of it, so let's have some games! At 4p Muskegon Catholic takes on North Muskegon and at 7 is East Kentwood taking on the Big Reds. Coach Fairfield had the idea to give other teams the chance to play on the hallowed grounds after hearing and seeing from others just how much it means to play there and the steeped tradition that comes with being a Big Red. The Big Red tradition is truly some of the deepest roots we have in Muskegon. Academics and athletics...there's an awful lot to be proud of.
Enjoy the fun, enjoy the football and while you're at it, stop and thank a teacher or two. They have been through so very much over the last couple of years and.....they still have a mountain to climb. As the spouse of a newly retired teacher, let me tell you...it's a job that never ends. It's a job that not everyone is cut out to do and our future lies in the hands of every teacher, coach and administrator of our schools. Stand behind them and the students.