Welcome to Platte River Elementary!

Platte River will provide opportunities in a responsible, respectful, and safe environment to empower students to learn and succeed in today’s society

Thank you for visiting Platte River Elementary.  We’re glad you’re here.  This site is intended to be a helpful resource to our students and their families.  We hope you find everything you need right here!

Our website is new and still under construction.  If you find content is missing or incorrect, or if the website is not responding appropriately, please contact Steve Graetz at graetzs@benzieschools.net or call 231.325.3063.  Thank you!


  • Mailing Address:

    11434 Main Street

    Honor, MI 49640

  • Phone:

    (231) 325-3063

  • Fax:

    (231) 325-2905

  • Principal:

    Steve Graetz

  • Secretary:

    Edie Gray







Platte River Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization is made up of several invested parents, teachers, and school administration.  The group raises funds for classrooms and organizes several activities.  To get involved, come to any one of our meetings, which are held in the school library at 6:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Click here to contact PTO President Megan Jones.

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We proudly partner with Michigan State University Extension FoodCorps.  Our service provider is Ms. Julia.  FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmierCorps leaders who collaborate with community and schools to create healthy school food environments with staying power by transforming students’ experience of food in schools in three key areas: Hands-on learning, healthy school meals, and a school-wide culture of health.


Mackinaw Center

Mackinac Center ranked Platte River Elementary #3 out of the 614 rural Public and Charter Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan in 2016.

M-Step Success

In 2016, 4th and 5th grade students at Platte River Elementary performed better than the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District region of schools as well as the State of Michigan average in Reading / English Language Arts.


Platte River offers opportunities for students to get involved in extracurricular activities such as 3rd-5th grade Odyssey of the Mind, 3rd-6th grade Science Olympiad, 3rd-6th grade boys and girls basketball, 2nd-6th grade Cross Country, 1st-6th grade Alpine Ski Club, Cub/Boy/Girl Scouts, 6th grade Musical and 6th grade Band.