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My Town: Aquinas College hosts panel discussion to commemorate César Chávez

My Town: Aquinas College hosts panel discussion to commemorate César Chávez

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Aquinas College will host "The Undocumented Experience," on Tuesday, March 24 as part of the annual César Chávez Commemorative Lecture.

Panelists include: Liz Balck, an attorney with Justice for our Neighbors; and Sergio Reyes, the intern pastor at New Community Fourth Reformed Church in Holland.

  • What: César Chávez Commemorative Lecture: "The Undocumented Experience"
  • When: Tuesday, March 24 from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Wege Center Loutit Room, 1607 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids
  • Cost: Free

The 2015 César Chávez Commemorative Lecture aims to highlight the struggles associated with the undocumented experience in the U.S. César Chávez was a humanitarian and social justice advocate who fought for the rights of migrant workers, a vulnerable population in the United States.

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

As parents across Michigan register their five year olds for kindergarten, many may wonder if virtual learning is the right solution for their child. Others may believe kindergarten is too young for virtual learning. Before deciding, parents are encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up session hosted by Michigan Connections Academy. Experts in virtual learning will be on hand to provide critical insight on this 21st century learning alternative.  

Michigan Connections Academy offers a complete online learning experience from home for students in grades K-12 that combines a high quality education, flexible scheduling, Michigan-certified teachers and an innovative, award-winning curriculum. 

My Town: Teagle Foundation funds hybrid learning network of colleges including Hope

My Town: Teagle Foundation funds hybrid learning network of colleges including Hope

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College, in partnership with Albion College, DePauw University, Grinnell College, Lawrence University and Wabash College, has been awarded $335,000 from the Teagle Foundation to design and teach hybrid courses-- an approach to online learning designed to combine the best of classroom teaching and digital technology.

The six institutions are working together as the Midwest Hybrid Learning Consortium (MHLC). Through the project, titled “Hybrid Liberal Arts Network: High Touch Learning for the 21st Century,” they will share the courses that they develop and expand the range of liberal arts courses available to their students, all the while providing faculty development in the use of digital technology in teaching.

Dance Marathon Fundraiser at Hope College "For the Kids" Begins March 6

Dance Marathon Fundraiser at Hope College "For the Kids" Begins March 6

HOLLAND – For a 16th consecutive year, hundreds of Hope College students are putting their time and talents into the campus-wide Dance Marathon fundraiser, “giving hope to kids.”

Organized by Hope students, the 24-hour event is conducted on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, both to raise funds and to build awareness of the hospital’s work. It will be held at the college’s Dow Center, with the main portion of the marathon beginning with a kickoff celebration on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

A variety of events have been scheduled to punctuate the marathon, including testimonies by families served by the hospital, various performances by student and local groups, the “So You Hope You Can Dance” competition featuring faculty and staff, and the popular annual lip-sync.  The total raised will be announced during a celebration that will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, as the Dance Marathon’s 5 p.m. conclusion approaches.