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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.

My Town: 28th Street Metro Cruise marks ten years Aug. 21-23

My Town: 28th Street Metro Cruise marks ten years Aug. 21-23

WYOMING, Mich.—Classic cars will soon fill the busy 28th Street corridor, as a summertime tradition returns for its 10th year.

The 28th Street Metro Cruise kicks off with a pre-cruise in party Thursday, Aug. 21.  The cruise runs Aug. 22-23 in Kentwood and Wyoming.  This year’s event is expected to attract nearly 300,000 car lovers.  Returning this year is the Pinup Girl Contest on Friday, as well as live music and auto shows.  For more information, visit the 28th Street Metro Cruise website here.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Wyoming: Health and Wellness Day returns to Metro Health Village July 31

My Town Wyoming: Health and Wellness Day returns to Metro Health Village July 31

WYOMING, Mich.-- Take advantage of free health screenings Thursday, July 31 during Metro Health's fourth annual Health and Wellness Day.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors to Metro Health Village may also watch four local chefs compete to create delicious, healthy food with items and fresh produce from the farm market. Guests will have the opportunity to sample and take home their recipes.  Health and Wellness Day will also include games and face painting.

Metro Health Village is located at 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW in Wyoming.  The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information www.metrohealth.net/livehealthy/farm-market/

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County