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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: Metro High School Police Academy welcomes 40 students

My Town: Metro High School Police Academy welcomes 40 students

WYOMING, Mich.—While school is out for most districts this summer, another academy is starting up classes this week.

Public safety and police departments from Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University are teaming up for the 19th annual Metro High School Police Academy.  The Michigan State Police Rockford post and Kent County Sheriff’s Department are also participating in the academy, which runs now through June 20 at Grandville High School. 

Approximately 40 area high school students are taking part in this year’s training program, which will give them a snapshot of what a real police academy would be comprised of- patrol operations, criminal investigations, community policing and physical training.  A graduation ceremony will take place at Grandville High School beginning at 3 p.m. Friday.

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.”

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool
------------------------NEWS RELEASE---------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (First Steps Kent) – A collaborative team of parents, educators and advocates in Kent County launches a coordinated spring-summer marketing campaign for state-funded free preschool this week. Designed with bright colors, bold graphics, and adorable children, the materials focus on the benefit of preschool for little ones throughout the county. Campaign posters, flyers and yard signs will be shared by schools, preschools, doctors’ offices, salons, grocery stores and more—essentially, any organization serving parents of preschoolers. “We don’t have buckets of money for a big advertising push, so we are taking it to the streets with our amazing network of parent volunteers, community advocates, and grassroots activists,” said Judy Freeman, director of Great Start Collaborative for Kent County.

My Town: Restaurant donating May 21 food sales to family of crash victim

My Town: Restaurant donating May 21 food sales to family of crash victim

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— A Grandville restaurant will donate a portion of its sales Wednesday night to help the family of a Grandville teenager killed in a crash.

Roman Aguilar-Emmons, 18, was killed May 3 when the SUV he was a passenger in ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck on 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive.  His cousin, 22-year-old Michael Jonathan Aguilar, was also killed in the crash.

Roman was a senior at Grandville High School, a school that’s already mourning the deaths of  hockey captain Ryan Fischer and Alyssa Arends, 15.   He planned to join the police academy after graduation.

Michael was a graduate of Coopersville High School.  Both men leave behind their parents, and numerous siblings, nephews and nieces.

My Town Hudsonville: District operating millage renewed by voters

My Town Hudsonville: District operating millage renewed by voters

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—  Hudsonville Public Schools' operating millage will remain in place for the rest of the year.

Tuesday night, voters overwhelmingly approved renewing the 18 mills tax, by a vote of 1,429-452.  The tax will generate approximately $3.99 million for the district in its first year. 

For complete election results, visit WZZM 13's homepage here.