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My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

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Avoiding winter break cabin fever in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-- Christmas break is supposed to be a time to relax, but it can become stressful when the kids are stuck inside with nothing to do.

There are a number of activities available to help fight winter break cabin fever, including skating at Rosa Parks Circle, the Nutcracker at Grand Rapids Ballet, or a movie at the local theater. The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center also has a number of things to do.

"At the Salvation Army Kroc Center, we have extended our hours during the Christmas break so they can go swimming, climb the rock wall, play in the game room. We have lots of fun activities-- we have a Christmas day camp for kids whose parents are working, we have a candle light day service for worship and a watch night service for people to come out on New Year's Eve," says Major Mark Johnson.

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Thousands of students interested in Michigan’s cultural hot spots will now have a set of wheels to get there.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs this week announced the recipients of its latest round of grants for its Arts & Culture Trek grant program.  The organization is awarding $60,000 to 161 schools across the state, to pay for field trip transportation.  Each grant is worth up to $500 and must be used between Jan. 5, 2015 and March 29, 2015.

"A record-breaking number of Michigan K-12 teachers applied for an Arts & Culture Trek Grant this year, and the vast majority of recipients were awarded the full amount they requested," said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. "From Detroit to Kalamazoo to Flint to Marquette, this program will serve thousands of students from 42 counties across the state."

Wyoming kids get to "Shop with a Cop"


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some kids in Wyoming got to take a very special shopping trip Thursday evening.

Kids from the One Wyoming one-on-one mentor program had the chance to participate in the Shop with a Cop program. They went shopping at Walmart with a Wyoming police officer, receiving $100 to spend on Christmas presents for themselves and their families.

Area businesses and local donations sponsored Wyoming's Shop with a Cop event.

Thirty-six kids in all were able to take home gifts.


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Family Night at the KROC on Friday

Family Night at the KROC on Friday

WYOMING, Mich.-- The Salvation Army KROC Center welcomes community families for an evening of fun at this Family Night on Friday, Dec. 19.

From 6 p.m. through 8:30 p.m., families can enjoy activities, along with games and the movie begins at 7 p.m.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center is located at 2500 S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids. Admission: Adults - $7.50; Childre 11 years and under - $5; members – free. Visit www.grkroccenter.org for details.

Student leaving basketball practice injured by gunshot


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A teen is being treated after being shot near a high school in the city of Wyoming.

The shooting was reported around 8 o'clock Wednesday evening near Lee Middle and High School, 1335 Lee St. SW.

Four students leaving varsity basketball practice reported hearing at least one gunshot in the area of Havana and Lee. They then ran back into the school.

One of the students in that group then found he had been hit by a bullet in the thigh. That student, a 15-year-old, was taken to a hospital and early indications suggest the wound is not life-threatening.

School administrators tell WZZM 13 they've reviewed security footage with Wyoming police, who are investigating. Police say they're still gathering suspect information and couldn't share a description.

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—After more than three decades helping to educate hundreds of thousands of children, the superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District is leaving his post.

Tuesday, Kevin Konarska announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Konarska has worked for Kent ISD for nine years, helping the agency navigate through the Great Recession and deep funding cuts by the state, all while opening new education programs and a laboratory school.

"It will be very hard to see Kevin leave," Board President Claudia Bajema said in a news release to WZZM 13. "He has made such a difference in the schools we serve and in the opportunities available to the more than 100,000 students throughout our service region."