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My Town: Reduce fire dangers with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

My Town: Reduce fire dangers with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As temperatures drop, the risk of chimney and heater fires rises, which is why now is a good time to pick up a free smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector from the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

The organization is providing these devices for free to households in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming with a child who is 14 years or younger. For more information, call (616) 241-3300 or email info@healthyhomescoalition.org.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

Craft Fair 2014 this Saturday

Craft Fair 2014 this Saturday

The Byron Center Fine Arts Boosters invite the public, just in time for the holidays, to experience this Annual Craft Show on Saturday. This is a fundraiser provided by the BCRAB, who help support Kindergarten through 12th grade, providing resources that the school is not able to.

On Saturday, November 8 over 200 quality crafters will have their handmade, one-of-a-kind merchandise available for purchase from 9:00am – 3:00pm at Byron Center High School located at 84th & Burlingame SW.

Admission: $2.00 per person

Visit http://bcfineartsboosters.org for more information.

Wyoming Pumpkin Path Event this Saturday

Wyoming Pumpkin Path Event this Saturday

The Annual Pumpkin Path event held in Lamar Park in Wyoming, MI is scheduled for Saturday, October 11th from 5 – 7pm. 

This is a free event for families with local businesses, clubs and organizations hosting spaces along the path to hand out goodies including candy and prizes. Feel free to dress in costume but costumes are optional.

Additional information is available at the Wyoming Parks and Recreation Department at 616-530-3164 or e-mail Valarie at mesterv@wyomingmi.gov.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup takes place Sept. 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in their community by taking part in this clean-up effort focusing on sites in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Walker and Wyoming.

Registration takes place on Sept. 21 at Sixth Street Park located at 647 Monroe Ave. on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids. Arrivals after 9:15 a.m. may not be guaranteed a place on the bus. Buses leave at 9:35 a.m. sharp from the Sixth Street Park.

Call Becky Brown at (616) 451-3051, e-mail her at bbrown@wmeac.org or visit www.grandrivercleanup.com for more information.

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Lee High School awarded grant to improve learning atmosphere

My Town: Lee High School awarded grant to improve learning atmosphere

WYOMING, Mich.—Lee High School is getting more funding to improve student learning by improving the physical, mental and emotional climate of its school.

This is the fourth year of funding the school has received through the Safe and Supportive Schools grant titled “think. respect.”  Statewide, 22 high schools are receiving a fourth year of funding, based on the positive results they’ve posted over the first three years of the grant, including:

  • 83 percent of schools reporting an improvement in school safety scores
  • 61 percent of schools reporting a decrease in harassment/bullying incidences on school property
  • 57 percent of schools reporting a decrease in the number of students using alcohol

The goal of the grant is to develop strategies to counteract bullying, substance abuse, obesity and other issues that can impact a student’s ability to learn.