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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."

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.

My Town: Protect your child - free car seat safety checks

My Town: Protect your child -  free car seat safety checks

LOWELL, Mich.—Two out of three child car seats are being used incorrectly, and with holiday travel ramping up in the coming weeks, now is the time to make sure your little one is protected on the road.

The Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat safety check this Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and community volunteers will check each infant car seat and child booster seat to make sure they are correctly installed in your vehicle.  Qualified families can also purchase a discounted replacement seat, while supplies last.

The car seat safety check is part of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention program. Similar events are planned for 2015 at the following times and locations:

My Town: Police call on public to stuff a 'blue goose'

My Town: Police call on public to stuff a 'blue goose'

WYOMING, Mich.-- While many people will be stuffing turkeys and chickens this Christmas, Michigan State Police are getting ready to stuff a blue goose, with the community's help.

The blue goose is actually a Michigan State Police patrol car, and the stuffing isn't made of bread.  Troopers are collecting new toys, clothing and non-perishable foods to fill the vehicle.  The donations will be turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution to Kent County and Ottawa County families in need.

Two patrol cars will be parked at the Wal-Mart stores in Grand Haven and Wyoming on Dec. 14.  Troopers will be collecting donations from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

My Town: Dancer donations will help fill space under Christmas trees

My Town: Dancer donations will help fill space under Christmas trees

WYOMING,  Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Students of Dance Expressions donated 176 toys.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.

My Town: Students reach toy donation goal; principal prepares for head-shaving event

My Town: Students reach toy donation goal; principal prepares for head-shaving event

WYOMING,  Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. The students of St. John Vianney in Wyoming made a deal with their principal- collect 300 toys and he would shave his head.  The children collected 335 toys this year, so their principal will shave his head Tuesday.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.

My Town: Student change drive leads to toys for children in need

My Town: Student change drive leads to toys for children in need

WYOMING,  Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Wyoming High School is holding a penny war, raising $15 so far for Toys for Tots.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.