The Third Grade Pod is named for the Straits of Mackinac. Nicolet passed through the Straits in 1634 seeking a route to the Orient, and it soon became a crossroads where Indian, missionary, trapper and soldier met. From the 1600's through the War of 1812. first the French and English, then British and Americans fought to control this strategic waterway. Ferries linked the north and south until 1957 when the Mackinac Bridge was opened and began its job to link the Lower and the Upper Peninsula in a more efficient way. Since third grade is a transition year from lower elementary to upper elementary, the Straits of Mackinac seem to be a perfect name for this pod.