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Area teachers honored

Area teachers honored


Glerum Elementary teacher Mary Ackerson wasn’t the only one surprised on Tuesday, when OfficeMax made a visit to the West Ottawa school to help bring awareness to the needs of teachers.

Yes, Ackerson was shocked to be honored for her work by being given $1,000 in school supplies, as part of OfficeMax’s and Adopt-A-Classroom’s “A Day Made Better” program. But all Glerum teachers were also surprised to learn that OfficeMax was also contributing an additional $4,000 in supplies to the school.br>
It was a fitting gesture, said Ackerson, a fifth-grade social studies teacher who was nominated for the award by interim Principal Jackie DelRaso.br>
“In a way, it was embarrassing to be singled out because this school is full of good teachers,” Ackerson said.br>
DelRaso said she nominated Ackerson for the honor because of her diligence as a teacher.br>

West Ottawa students rewarded by state

West Ottawa students rewarded by state

Diego Castro isn’t sure whether it was the homework assistance or the lessons in life that helped the most. He just knows that having a mentor through West Ottawa High School’s Positive Beginnings program has kept him on track toward graduation.

Castro and Jose Cantu, both juniors at West Ottawa, were recently rewarded with iPad2s by State Superintendent Mike Flanagan for being able to overcome obstacles and stay focused on graduating, as part of the state of Michigan’s Superintendent Dropout Challenge. Both are part of Positive Beginnings, which matches high school freshmen needing help with mentors who promise to work with them at least two hours a month.

And both credited their mentors with helping to keep them focused on their goal.

Hope College Alumni Association to Honor Two Graduates

HOLLAND – The Hope College Alumni Association will present Young Alumni Awards to two graduates on Saturday, Oct. 15, during the college’s Homecoming Weekend.

The association will recognize 1996 graduate Todd Soderquist of Canton and 1998 graduate Timothy Dykstra of Walla Walla, Wash., during a celebration brunch for all Hope alumni being held at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center.  Registration for the brunch, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is required.

Tree Huggers is More than A Store

Tree Huggers is More than A Store

By J. Bennett Rylah

Angela Topp opened her first Tree Huggers in August of 2010 in Holland. The earth-friendly, no-waste retail store there, she says, had the same response when it first opened as when she opened her Grand Rapids branch in East Hills (947 Wealthy St. SE) this summer.

"[Customers are] a little hesitant at first, thinking that we may try to convert them to veganism or have them join Greenpeace," she says, "but they usually get excited once they look around. I think I get more hugs and 'thanks for opening up' than your average business."

Hope College Professor Named West Michigan Jazz Musician of the Year

Hope College Professor Named West Michigan Jazz Musician of the Year

Edye Evans Hyde of the Hope College music faculty has been named the 2011 Musician of the Year by the West Michigan Jazz Society.

An instructor of vocal jazz at Hope, she was honored during an awards banquet on Monday, Sept. 19, at The Watermark Country Club in Grand Rapids.

The recognition in conjunction with the award also includes a three-page feature about her in the group’s September newsletter, “Jazz Notes,” which celebrates her as “leading lady of theatre and song.”

Edye Evans Hyde has been teaching and performing jazz, blues and pop music for more 30 years in West Michigan, Los Angeles and Asia. A 1975 graduate of Creston High School in Grand Rapids, she holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Aquinas College, has taught K-12 vocal music, and also served as the assistant director of admissions at Grand Rapids Community College.

Alumni Brothers to Receive Hope College Honorary Doctorates

HOLLAND - Hope College will present honorary degrees to Dr. Larry Siedentop and Dr. Daryl Siedentop, who are brothers as well as Hope alumni, for distinguished service as scholars and educators, on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Larry Siedentop, a 1957 graduate from Oxford, England, is a political philosopher and historian of political thought retired from the faculty of Keble College at the University of Oxford and among other distinctions is the author of the book "Democracy in Europe," acclaimed internationally for informing discussion of the unification of Europe.  He will receive the Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).

Daryl Siedentop, a 1960 graduate from Westerville, Ohio, is retired from the Sport and Exercise Science faculty of the OhioStateUniversity and has played a leadership role nationally and abroad in his research, writing and leadership focused on understanding and improving teacher effectiveness.  He will receive the Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.).

Address Will Discuss “Global Warming and Bicycle Adventure”

Address Will Discuss “Global Warming and Bicycle Adventure”

HOLLAND – Insights from a two-year, 21,000-mile bike ride will be the focus of the address “Global Warming and Bicycle Adventure” by guest speaker David Kroodsma on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in room 1019 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center at Hope College.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.