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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: 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 Holland: Vanderbilt Charter Academy celebrates new playground

My Town Holland: Vanderbilt Charter Academy celebrates new playground

HOLLAND, Mich.—Students of Vanderbilt Charter Academy will have a new place to play when they return to school this fall.

Tuesday evening, students, teachers, staff, board members and community supporters will cut the ribbon on a new playground at 301 West 16th Street.  The dedication ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to stay afterward to enjoy the new facility and meet live animals from the Critter Barn.

Vanderbilt Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (Ottawa County Health Department)Ottawa County residents, 18 years of age and older, have an opportunity to give input about local health related needs and concerns.

My Town Holland: $40K grant approved for DeGraaf Nature Center improvements

My Town Holland: $40K grant approved for DeGraaf Nature Center improvements

HOLLAND, Mich.—DeGraaf Nature Center is growing with the help of a $40,000 grant from Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.

The funding approved Wednesday will go toward purchasing a neighboring property, which the nature center will transform into a safer entryway for school children and other guests.

The house is expected to sell for $123,000. The rest of the purchasing money will come from donations and a nature center founding grant.

“We are very excited and thrilled that we have been selected to receive this funding, which is needed to support a number of critical improvements to the DeGraaf Nature Center that have been planned for many years. The gains will be enjoyed for generations to come at this very popular natural refuge in the heart of an urban environment,” said Holland City Manager Ryan Cotton.

DeGraaf Nature Center welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

My Town Zeeland: Fire Rescue PIG OUT Fundraiser July 17

My Town Zeeland: Fire Rescue PIG OUT Fundraiser July 17

ZEELAND, Mich.-- Zeeland Fire and Rescue invites the community to Lawrence Park Thursday, July 17  to enjoy food, fun and live music.

During this fundraiser of fun, enjoy kids activities from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., sample a delicious barbecue pork dinner and from 4 p.m. to  7 p.m., and listen to the musical guests Delilah Dewylde & the Lost Boys.

Tickets are available at Don’s Flowers & Gifts, Zeeland Fire Rescue Department, ZR Graphics, Zeeland Ace Hardware on West Main Street, City Hall or from any member of Zeeland Fire Rescue. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1424767611097709/

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of organizations are getting a financial boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

The organization recently awarded 64 grants totaling $30,900 to nonprofits across the state.  The Volunteer Investment Program grants are aimed at encouraging volunteering within Consumers Energy by rewarding those who work or have worked for the company.  This year’s recipients include:

Kalamazoo

  • $650 to Girl Scout Junior Troop 80462 (Jim Cottrell)
  • $450 to Mattawan Consolidated Schools Battle of the Books (Hillary Hogarth)
  • $550 to United States Bowling Congress Kalamazoo Area Youth Association/Airway Lanes (Susan Searles)

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