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My Town Hudsonville: District operating millage proposal up for vote May 6

My Town Hudsonville: District operating millage proposal up for vote May 6

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—  Hudsonville Public Schools is asking voters to renew a millage to keep its operating fund going when they head to the polls May 6.

Under the proposal, the operating millage rate would remain 18 mills on all applicative property within the district for the rest of the year. The tax would generate approximately $3.99 million for the district in its first year. For additional ballot information, visit the Ottawa County website here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.  

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.

My Town: Georgetown Township announces plans for new library and community center

My Town: Georgetown Township announces plans for new library and community center
 

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—New plans are in the works for the Georgetown Township offices, the township library and Jenison Public Schools.

In a post on its Facebook page Tuesday, the township says it has agreed to sell the township offices and library to the school district so it can expand its early childhood programs.  The buildings are located at 1515 Baldwin Street and 1525 Baldwin Street in Jenison.

The deal hinges on the August 2014 election, during which the township will ask voters to approve a bond to build a new library and senior citizen/community center.  Georgetown Township has reached a deal to purchase the former K-Mart, which it will demolish to build the new facilities.  The new community center and library would open to the public in 2016.

The township plans to host public meeting in the future to detail its plans.

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

My Town: Good Samaritan serves up kindness to Grandville students

My Town: Good Samaritan serves up kindness to Grandville students

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Grandville Public Schools is thanking a Good Samaritan who has helped numerous families pay off their school lunch accounts.

On Monday, April 21, the woman walked into one of the district’s elementary school and set up a plan to pay off all of the overdue lunch accounts at the school and at another secondary school within the district, totaling approximately $2,000. 

The woman recalled her own childhood and not always having enough money for lunch, and felt moved to save others from that experience.

“This person could’ve gone on a nice vacation with this amount of money, but instead wanted to help families in this community. And naturally, she wishes to remain anonymous,” says a post on the Grandville Public Schools Facebook page.

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.