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Homeschooled students bring Peter Pan to stage

Homeschooled students bring Peter Pan to stage

WYOMING, Mich.—Homeschooled students throughout the Grand Rapids area are teaming up to bring Peter Pan to stage.

Homeschool Performing Arts will hold its first performance Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.  Everyone involved in the production is homeschooled, from actors to stage crew.  The group’s publicist says many of them travel just to be a part of the production.

The group will rehearse for the next two weeks at the Homeschool Building in Wyoming.  All performances will take place at Caledonia High School.  The play schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, contact Veronica at (517) 525-6651.

Salvation Army Kroc Center offers winter break activities

Salvation Army Kroc Center offers winter break activities

WYOMING, Mich. (The Salvation Army Kroc Center)--Bounce houses, arts and crafts, swimming, gaga ball, climbing wall, and $5 lunch every day are just a few of the family friendly low cost activity options available at The Salvation Army Kroc Center during this Christmas break.

For only $5.50 for kids 11 and under, $7.50 for ages 12+ families can find a lot of entertainment all week long during this holiday season.  Additionally a free family movie night will take place on Friday, December 27 at 7 p.m.

During the school Christmas break, the Kroc Center will be holding special holiday day camps on Monday, December 23 and 30–Tuesday, December 24 and 31 and Thursday, December 26 and January 2. Cost per day is $26 for members or $38 for non-members with lunch included.

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve bilingual worship services begin at 7 p.m.

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.  

Kroc Center offers free Christmas Movie Night Dec. 13

Kroc Center offers free Christmas Movie Night Dec. 13

WYOMING, Mich.—If your holiday budget is tight, the price for this weekend’s movie at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is just right.

The Kroc Center will host the first of three free Christmas Movie Nights Friday, Dec. 13. All three featured films are family friendly and start at 7 p.m.  Concessions will also be available for $1.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Dec. 13: “Arthur’s Christmas”
  • Dec. 20: “Silver Bells”
  • Dec. 27: “Polar Express”

No registration is required.  For more information, call the Kroc Center at (616) 588-7200.

Health Department offers free HIV/AIDS testing

Health Department offers free HIV/AIDS testing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  More than one million Americans are living with HIV, and many may not even know it.

In honor of World AIDS Day, the Kent County Health Department is offering free AIDS testing at four of its facilities, no appointment needed.  The finger poke test takes about 20 minutes for results, which are confidential.  Those who get tested will receive a gift card (while supplies last) and additional information about HIV.

Testing times and locations:

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

Wyoming Public Schools millages fail again

Wyoming Public Schools millages fail again

WYOMING, Mich.—A revised version of the school improvement millage that failed before voters in May failed again Tuesday night.

Wyoming Public Schools  divided the original millage into two bond proposals.  Proposal I was for $37 million to remodel and refurnish school facilities, add secure entryways, and add new technology to the high school, as well as build/improve playgrounds, athletic facilities and fields.  The millage was  for up to 2.36 mills, being repaid within 25 years.  That millage narrowly failed among voters, 1,896 votes to 1,816 votes.

Proposal II was for $12.2 million to build an addition onto the high school for a performing arts center.  The bond would have also paid for  technology needed for the performing arts center, as well as improving athletic facilities and playfields.  The millage was for 0.78 mill, being repaid within 15 years.  Voters turned that tax down, 1,929 votes to 1,738 votes.