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My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town Grandville: Chiropractic taps high school design students for new logo

My Town Grandville: Chiropractic taps high school design students for new logo

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—  A chiropractor coming to Grandville has turned to high school students to help adorn her new business.

Dr. Courtney Acton challenged Mrs. Kreuyer’s graphic design class to create a new logo for Acton Family Chiropractic.  She says what the students came up with was so amazing, it was difficult to pick just one.  In turn, the students got real-life experience in their field. 

Last month, Dr. Acton returned to the high school to announce the first, second and third prize winners.  She actually picked two first place winners because she liked combining the logo created by Ryan Hufnagle with the type design by Carlos Rivera.  Ashtyn Nichols’ entry also earned her a gift card.

Acton Family Chiropractic is expected to open within a couple weeks.

My Town Grandville: School district restores long holiday weekend

My Town Grandville: School district restores long holiday weekend

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  Students of Grandville Public Schools are getting back their long Memorial Day weekend. 

In a letter sent to parents Monday, Superintendent Ron Caniff said he has reversed his decision to make up classes on Friday, May 23, because of the spate of winter snow days.  Caniff says he made the change after Governor Snyder signed the School Aid Supplement Bill into law last week.  The measure gives districts with more than 174 school days on their calendar additional snow day relief, provided they meet the required 1,098 hours of yearly instruction.  Caniff says Grandville Schools built additional class hours into their school calendar, so the district has exceeded the minimum state requirement for instructional hours. Therefore, Grandville students will not have classes on Friday, May 23.

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than a dozen teams of West Michigan youth will head to Lansing next month for the Science Olympiad State Tournament.

The teams competed for a spot in the competition during the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad event held Saturday.  It was the 30th anniversary for the competition, held at Grand Valley State University.

Based on the results, the following teams will compete at the state Capitol:

            Middle School Teams (in order of place)

1.     Lakeshore Middle School

2.     Grandville Middle School

3.     Jenison Jr. High

4.     Chandler Woods Charter

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

Grandville Middle School student advances to Final Spelling Bee

Grandville Middle School student advances to Final Spelling Bee

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—A seventh grade student from Grandville Middle School is on her way to the Greater Grand Rapids Final Spelling Bee.

Rebecca Tran bested spellers from East Grand Rapids, Caledonia and many other schools, to win the Regional Spelling Bee at Kenowa Hills on Feb. 11.  Her winning word was “menhaden.” 

Rebecca previously took the top spot among Grandville Middle School students, with 101 words spelled correctly. She will put her skills to the test again on March 11 with the Greater Grand Rapids Final Spelling Bee.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.