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Nonprofits getting $13k in grants from Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation

Nonprofits getting $13k in grants from Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation

WYOMING, Mich.--  Five nonprofit organizations supporting children are getting a financial boost.

The Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation recently awarded more than $13,000 to Roosevelt Park Ministries, Autism Support of Kent County, Kendall Continuing Studies, Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology.

Roosevelt Park Ministries plans to use the $5,000 it was awarded for career camps for children ages 12-17.  The four week-long camps will take place in summer and highlight the importance of graduating from high school and pursuing higher education.

Autism Support of Kent County will use its $2,520 grant for Project Lifesaver, providing transmitters/locator units  which will be worn by autistic individuals who may wander off.

New smart phone app connects parents to child's school

New smart phone app connects parents to child's school

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—National Heritage Academies is offering a new smart phone app to connect parents to their child’s school work.

The app provides instant access to student grades, school news and meal balance accounts.  Parents can also contact their child’s teacher or search the school’s online carpooling database.  

“We are proud to offer this technology to our parents,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wykoff. “The app allows them to find information located on the school website, but eliminates the need to have an Internet connection.”

NHA operates 14 schools in West Michigan, including:  

Registration open for Pajama Dash Down Division

Registration open for Pajama Dash Down Division

WYOMING, Mich.—Get ready to pull out your best pajamas as the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Cennter’s  Pajama Dash Down Division returns for a third year.

 Registration is open for the 5k run/walk.  The cost is $25 through Feb. 16 and includes a winter stocking cap.  Race fees rise to $30 from Feb. 17 through race day.  Participants can also get a free Kroc Center day pass, enter for more than $1,000 in door prizes and enjoy food, refreshments and photography.

The race will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials:

Comstock Park hosts 6th annual Cancer Classic Jan. 24

Comstock Park hosts 6th annual Cancer Classic Jan. 24

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- The 6th annual Cancer Classic basketball games will take place Friday, Jan. 24 with proceeds benefiting Relay For Life of Comstock Park.

This year's opponent is Wyoming.  The varsity girls' game will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by the varsity boys' game.  Cancer Classic T-Shirts and crew sweatshirts will be available in the high school, Mill Creek and Pine Island offices for $10 (T-shirt) or $20 (crew sweatshirt) starting Tuesday, Jan. 21.  Admission to the games will be $3 with the purchase of a 2014 Cancer Classic T-Shirt or Crew Sweatshirt.

Movie Night at Metro: The Weight of the Nation Pt. 2

Movie Night at Metro: The Weight of the Nation Pt. 2

WYOMING, Mich.--  Metro Health Hospital’s free movie series continues Wednesday, Jan. 22 with part two of “The Weight of the Nation.”

The second part of the documentary breaks down the obesity epidemic into four categories- consequences, choices, children in crisis and challenges.  Whether you struggle with your weight or are just curious about the subject, learn how serious obesity is and what you can do to help.

Movie Night at Metro begins at 6 p.m. inside the Metro Health Conference Center, located at 2225 Main St. SW in Wyoming.  To register, visit Metro Health’s website here.

Vista Charter Academy students advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Vista Charter Academy students advance to Regional Spelling Bee

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two Vista Charter Academy students are on their way to the Regional Spelling Bee.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, sixth grade student Eduardo Mora took the top spot among spellers in the 4-8 grade category.  Fourth grade student Maurielle Hayes was the runner-up.   Third grade student Serenity Cain won in the 1-3 grade category.

Both Eduardo and Maurielle will compete in the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 11 at Cherry Creek Elementary in Lowell. 

Vista Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.