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My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  It’s National Charter Schools Week and National Heritage Academies is celebrating a record number of applicants.

The charter school system says this year, so many children applied to NHA that 20,952 students were put on the wait list.  When it has more applicants than open seats, NHA uses a random lottery to determine who gets into its schools.

“We have experienced record numbers of applications and demand for our schools with wait lists of more than 2,000 students at some schools,” said National Heritage Academies President and CEO Chip Hurlburt. “We appreciate the support we receive from parents who feel so strongly about the quality school choice NHA provides.”

My Town: Help Stamp Out Hunger May 10

My Town: Help Stamp Out Hunger May 10

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Letter carriers across West Michigan will be picking up something extra during their mailbox visits this Saturday, May 10.

This is the 22nd year for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Families are encouraged to help by filling a paper bag with non-perishable food items and placing it by their mailbox Saturday morning.  Letter carriers will pick up the donations and transport them to participating post offices, where approximately 75 volunteers will sort and ship the donations to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank’s warehouse in Comstock Park, to feed other families in need.

My Town: Voters approve funding for Kelloggsville and Caledonia schools

My Town: Voters approve funding for Kelloggsville and Caledonia schools

WYOMING, Mich.—Kelloggsville Public Schools will keep its operating millage.

Tuesday night, voters approved renewing the 18 mill tax, 268-85.   The measure renews the millage for five years, clearing the way for the district to continue to receive  per pupil allowance.  

Voters in the Caledonia Community Schools district also approved a $41 million bond to fund a new freshman plus building.  The funding would also go toward expanding and upgrading existing buildings and improving athletic fields, facilities and playgrounds.

For the entire election results, visit the WZZM 13 homepage here.

 

My Town: Kelloggsville looks to voters to keep operation funding

My Town: Kelloggsville looks to voters to keep operation funding

WYOMING, Mich.—Kelloggsville Public Schools is asking voters to renew a millage for district operations on Tuesday, May 6.

The Operating Millage renewal proposal would extend the 18 mill tax on property within the district that Kelloggsville Public Schools relies on to receive its per pupil allowance.  Under the proposal, the millage would be renewed for five years. For additional proposal information, click here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town: Wyoming CEO among finalists for Ernst and Young award

My Town: Wyoming CEO among finalists for Ernst and Young award

WYOMING, Mich.—The CEO of Grand Rapids Plastics, based in Wyoming is  a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Arthur J. Bott Sr. was selected from a group of more than 50 nominations.  The judges’ based their decisions on each finalist’s innovation success, financial performance and personal commitment to business and communities.

The award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 5 at the MGM Grand Detroit.  This is the 28th year for the award program, which now includes more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries worldwide.

My Town: Wyoming Senior Center opens newly renovated community room

My Town: Wyoming Senior Center opens newly renovated community room

WYOMING, Mich.--   The newly renovated Wyoming Senior Center Community Room is once again welcoming visitors.

The remodeling project included updates to the flooring, walls, ceiling, lighting and furnishings as well as adding a new state-of-the-art bingo machine that allows participants to use computer tablets along with traditional bingo cards.

The $240,000 project was paid for using a Community Development Block grant, WSC’s Senior Fellowship Club and the Parks and Recreational Department’s operational millage.

“The WSC was originally built in 1977, and with the growing number of individuals in our community over the age of 50, it is important that we find creative partnerships to update recreation facilities like the WSC when possible,” stated Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”