In addition to advisers joining the summer workshop on Tuesday, July 30, MIPA also hosted an administrator the following day.
Steve Gabriel, principal of Grand Ledge High School came for the afternoon to see what his students had been creating in class and what goes on during camp. During lunch, he also answered their questions for their monthly column “Comet-in-charge,” which talks about the upcoming changes in the school according to administration.
“It’s nice to be able to come to things like this as a principal,” Gabriel said. “Sometimes you miss things going on when you have other responsibilities and it’s nice to be able to see what sorts of things the kids are up to.”
Sara-Beth Badalamente, newspaper and yearbook adviser at Grand Ledge and InDesign teacher during MIPA, invited Gabriel as a chance for him to see what the workshop is all about.
“When administrators get a chance to see things like this, it makes them a lot more supportive of your program,” Badalamente said. “During the year when I need support or help on a stay late day, they’re supportive because they know what we’re doing and what our program is all about.”