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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:  

Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert Rescheduled to Jan. 28

Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert Rescheduled to Jan. 28

HOLLAND – Hope College has rescheduled its annual Concerto and Aria Concert featuring student soloists performing with the college’s orchestra to Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

The concert will feature seven students who were selected through a competition held this past October.  The students and selections they will be performing with the orchestra are:

Rebecca Flinker, a soprano and junior from Leeds, Mass., singing “Art is Calling for Me (I Want to be a Prima Donna)” from the opera “The Enchantress,” by Victor Herbert;

Eve Panning, a violinist and junior from Holland, performing the first movement from the “Violin Concerto in D minor,” by Jean Sibelius;

12th Street Harmony student group wins a cappella competition

12th Street Harmony student group wins a cappella competition

HOLLAND, Mich. – The 12th Street Harmony student vocal group at Hope College won Best Male Group in the fourth annual A Cappell-Off Collegiate A Cappella Competition organized by Grand Valley State University and held at Allendale High School on Saturday, Jan. 18.

 The vocal ensemble competed with two other groups for the award.  The event also featured competition for Best Female Group, Best Mixed Group and Best Overall.

Tom Renner to receive "Hope for Humanity Award" from Hope College on Feb. 15

Tom Renner to receive "Hope for Humanity Award" from Hope College on Feb. 15

HOLLAND, Mich.– Tom Renner, who retired last month after serving at Hope College for 47 years, will receive the “Hope for Humanity Award” from the college’s alumni H-Club during halftime of the home Hope women's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the DeVos Fieldhouse.

The presentation was originally scheduled to take place during the college's Winter Happening on Saturday, Jan. 25, but was postponed due to region-wide inclement weather.

The game on Saturday, Feb. 15, will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature the Flying Dutch playing Trine University.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for those under 18, and will be available at the door.

Hope College Winter Happening returns Jan. 25

Hope College Winter Happening returns Jan. 25

HOLLAND – Carcinogens in the environment, a children’s village in Rwanda, the art and architecture of sacred spaces, wolves in Michigan, the Macatawa Watershed and Greek drama in the Americas will all be featured during the annual Hope College Winter Happening on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Winter Happening will feature multiple seminars in two blocks in the morning, a special luncheon program highlighting 47 years of photos and story by retired Hope publicist Tom Renner, and a home men’s basketball game with Kalamazoo College. Open to the general public, the event is sponsored by the college’s office of public and community relations.

Admission to the seminars is free.  There is an admission charge for the luncheon and the basketball game.

The morning will feature six seminars, three at 9:30 a.m. and three at 11 a.m.  The 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:

ASU president-elect to present MLK Civil Rights lecture

ASU president-elect to present MLK Civil Rights lecture

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, president-elect of Alabama State University, will present the address “The Heart of an Activist: Grow Local, Think Global” on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel as part of the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Lecture at Hope College.

The public is invited.  Admission is free. The presentation will address key issues regarding the use of scholar-activism in addressing major social and cultural issues.

Boyd will begin her tenure as Alabama State University’s 14th president, the first woman to hold the position, on February 1.  The first African-American to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University, she has most recently served as an engineer and executive assistant to the Applied Physics Laboratory chief of staff at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the past 33 years.