Award Year: 2018

Pine River Elementary School

1894 East Pine River Road
Midland, MI, 48640-5002

(989) 631-5121

Mrs. Debra Bradford, Principal at time of Nomination

Bullock Creek School District

School Website


We welcome all students and will work toward helping all students achieve to the maximum of their potential by providing high quality instruction and programs.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 45%
Second grade students listening to directions before nature lesson.

Second grade students listening to directions before nature lesson.

Since there is no actual town of Bullock Creek, the school district has become the cornerstone of the community. Our motto is "You Belong at Bullock Creek," and it truly exemplifies our sense of community and acceptance of all people.

Pine River Elementary, in partnership with the community, provides a positive climate that supports excellence in teaching and learning, thereby enabling students to realize their full potential. In recent years, the district has benefited from grants from the Dow Foundation that provided nature-based learning at Pine River Elementary in conjunction with the Chippewa Nature Center, which is housed directly across the road from our school. There is a unique relationship between the school district, Pine River Elementary and the Chippewa Nature Center and has provided many additional opportunities for our students.

The demographics of our district are diverse. Pine River Elementary serves students whose parents are Dow DuPont executives, physicians, teachers, laborers and skilled trade workers. Thirty-four percent of the students at Pine River Elementary are schools of choice. The inclusion of these students also increases the diversity of our student population.

The staff at Pine River Elementary wholeheartedly believes in collective efficacy and work together to provide the best educational opportunities for our students. The collaboration of the staff to teach with fidelity and provide rich experiences for students to grow as learners to their fullest capacity is evidenced daily. As is often stated in Bullock Creek, "It’s a Great Day to be a Lancer."