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My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.

My Town: Slip-n-Slides take over Rosewood Park June 21

My Town: Slip-n-Slides take over Rosewood Park June 21

JENISON, Mich.— Runners will be in for a cool reward this weekend as Slip-n-Slide 5K Run returns to Rosewood Park.

The race starts at 8:15 a.m. Saturday.  At noon, participants can ditch their sneakers and throw on a swimsuit as four 150-foot-long plastic water slides lining the Soccer Bowl open to visitors.  Admission is $1 and includes additional activities for all ages.

Registration for the 5K will be open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.  The slides will be open until 5 p.m.

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies)—Every child will lose a portion of the academic growth they experienced this school year during the summer break; It’s called summer learning loss. The problem is becoming so apparent the National Summer Learning Association has designated Friday, June 20, Summer Learning Day.

“It is so easy for students to slip into a summertime routine that doesn’t involve reading, writing, or using their math skills,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wyckoff. “We are challenging our students to set aside time each day to devote to a book or write about a summer experience they have enjoyed. Summer should be fun and educational.”

Wyckoff has some tips to help parents curb the summer slide:

My Town Grandville: MudVenture 5k to include free mud pit for kids

My Town Grandville: MudVenture 5k to include free mud pit for kids

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- Playing in the mud becomes a challenging adventure during this 5K FUNdraiser on Saturday, June 21.

The mud obstacle run for ages 12 and up will benefit the Walking By Faith broadcast ministry.   Resurrection Life Church, located at 5100 Ivanrest Ave., will open up its property for this fun test of athletic endurance.

There will also be a kids mud pit; the MudVenture Jr. course will be open to ages 6 through 11. Parents must be present when their child is in this designated area.  The course is free and there is no start time.  

For more information, visit www.mudventure5K.com.

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town: West Michigan Flight Academy Fly-In June 7

My Town: West Michigan Flight Academy Fly-In June 7

JENISON, Mich.—From the road to the sky, there will be something for everyone during the West Michigan Flight Academy’s celebration this Saturday, June 7.

EAA Chapter 145 will provide free airplane rides to children ages 7 to 17.  The Misty Blues, an all-women parachute team, will also perform.  Visitors can also check out a car show and airplane display while enjoying music, raffles and door prizes.  A steak and eggs breakfast will also be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the event will go toward airplane fuel and maintenance costs for the West Michigan Flight Academy.  The event also serves as a way to raise awareness about the academy, which has served approximately 900 students.

My Town: Jenison girl honored as top safety patroller in Michigan

My Town: Jenison girl honored as top safety patroller in Michigan

JENISON, Mich.—  An honor reserved for just one student in the state is going to a Jenison girl.

Thursday morning, AAA presented Ella Lubberts with its School Safety Patroller of the Year award Thursday.  Lubberts is a 6th grade student from Bursley Elementary who has made school safety a priority.

“Ella is a AAA school safety patrol captain who oversees 44 school patrollers,” explained Tina Ryan, Bursley Elementary safety patrol advisor.  “She strives to always be responsible, hard-working and kind to others.  As a school safety patroller, she can be trusted to get the job done with independence and respect towards others.  It has been a privilege to work with her.”