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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The back-to-school shopping season is here, and Macy’s is giving customers a charitable reason to open up their wallets.

The department store is holding its ninth annual “Shop For A Cause” event on Saturday, Aug. 23.  Customers who purchase a $5 shopping pass at any of Mel Trotter Ministries four thrift store locations can enjoy special discounts, entertainment and http://www.meltrotter.org exclusive events at the Macy’s in Grandville.  All proceeds from the pass sale will go to Mel Trotter.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Hudsonville: Families scrambling after Christian school closes

My Town Hudsonville: Families scrambling after Christian school closes

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.— Students of Freedom Christian Schools will have to find another place to attend this fall.

Freedom Christian’s board of directors announced last week that the private school in Hudsonville will be shutting down Aug. 10, pending any miraculous intervention. The school’s website has already been taken down.

Board members blame the closure on enrollment, which has been declining the past several years, cutting into funding.   They say the school would not have enough money to finish the school year.

Freedom Christian Schools was founded in 1981.  It served full-time and part-time students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District is looking to add to its team of bus drivers.

Kent ISD will be holding a bus driver job fair July 10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nearly 100 positions are available, covering nearly a dozen school districts, including:

  • Caledonia Community Schools
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools
  • East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grandville Public Schools
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • Lowell Area Schools
  • Sparta Area Schools
  • Wyoming Public Schools
  •  Kent ISD Special Education

 The job fair will take place at the Kent ISD’s Educational Service Center, located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids. Candidates must be at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and pass a drug test and criminal background check.

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 Hudsonville: Chamber announces winners of new set of awards

My Town Hudsonville: Chamber announces winners of new set of awards

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.--- The Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce has named the recipients of a new set of awards.

Gemmens Home and Hardware is the recipient of the first Hudsonville Area Business Excellence Award.  The Chamber selected the Gemmens Home and Hardware based on its outstanding customer service, commitment to the community and contributions to a thriving business environment.

Joel Keegstra, owner of Keegstra’s Dollar Store is the first-year recipient of the Hudsonville Area Leadership Award.  The Chamber picked Keegstra based on his willingness to assist community members and other business owners however needed, and for his growth and vision within his own business. 

The Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce also awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Brian Haugen and Bailey Johnson, both of Hudsonville High School.