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My Town: Zeeland National Honor Society delivers meals to more than 45 area families

My Town: Zeeland National Honor Society delivers meals to more than 45 area families

ZEELAND, Mich.-- Last week, Zeeland National Honor Society students delivered Thanksgiving meals to more than 45 Zeeland area families after completing their 3rd annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. Shown are NHS students who sorted donations with help from students with special needs.

My Town Holland: Dow Foundation Gift to Hope College establishes watershed STEM program

My Town Holland: Dow Foundation Gift to Hope College establishes watershed STEM program

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College is adding a new scholars program, thanks to a major donation by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation of Midland.

The STEM Scholars program—STEM is shorthand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics—will begin next fall with 24 incoming freshmen.  The scholars will live in the same residence hall, share courses and become immersed in socially relevant research projects. 

The $3 million gift  from the Dow Foundation will endow the program in perpetuity, with a new cohort of students entering each year.

“The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation’s trans formative gift will benefit Hope students for generations to come,” said Hope College President John C. Knapp.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

My Town Holland: Public invited to PBS pilot Founding Fathers "Interview" at Hope College Dec. 4-5

My Town Holland: Public invited to PBS pilot Founding Fathers "Interview" at Hope College Dec. 4-5

HOLLAND, Mich. – Learn about the origins of the United States and experience the production of a television pilot  during a live interview of the nation's "founding fathers" Dec. 4-5.

The event, which will take place in the main theatre of the college’s DeWitt Center, will become the one-hour pilot episode of a proposed PBS prime-time public television series called “Inventing America.”  The scripted performance will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session in which the "founders" will apply their ideas to the 21st century.

Each performance will take place at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free, although advance ticket reservations are recommended.

My Town Holland: Easing hopelessness among heart patients starts at home

My Town Holland: Easing hopelessness among heart patients starts at home

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HOLLAND – Susan Dunn of the Hope College nursing faculty is lead author of a study that has found that home exercise can ease hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, research announced during a major American Heart Association (AHA) conference on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

The study was shared during the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2014, held in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday-Wednesday, Nov. 15-19.  Scientific Sessions is the leading cardiovascular meeting in the country with more than 17,000 professionals attending annually, and more than 22,000 total attendees, as reported by the Healthcare Convention and Exhibitor’s Association.

Dunn was one of approximately 15 research presenters, out of thousands at the event, who were selected for a taped interview.  The AHA’s news release about the research and the interview can be viewed at http://newsroom.heart.org/news.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.