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GR leaders approve seeking grant for river development


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids City Commission is moving forward with a plan to open up a major portion of the land next to the Grand River as a park.

Tuesday night, the commissioners unanimously approved the decision to apply for a DNR trust fund grant. The grant, if awarded, would fund most of the purchase of land on the west side of Monroe Ave. north of the I-196 overpass.

The development would provide access to the river for recreation and control flooding.


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Volunteer registration opens for LPGA event


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Golf season is right around the corner and volunteer registration is now open for the LPGA stop in Grand Rapids.

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will be held at Blythefield Country Club from July 20-26. More than 700 people volunteered in the inaugural event in 2014. More than 800 are hoped for in 2015. Volunteers are needed to be marshals, standard bearers, media assistants and drivers.

The volunteer fee is $55 and includes two golf tournament shirts, a tournament hat, weeklong tournament access and parking, four weekly grounds tickets for guests, an invitation to a volunteer appreciation party, and meals and beverages during assigned shifts.

To volunteer, register at meijerlpgaclassic.com/volunteers .


Man leaves shoes behind in getaway attempt


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police say a man spotted going through backyards in northwest Grand Rapids literally ran out of his shoes trying to get away from officers.

Dispatchers received a call around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday from a woman who reported hearing a gunshot near her home on Quarry Avenue near Leonard Street. The first officer to arrive spotted a man running away through the woman's backyard.

More police soon arrived to begin searching for the man. They soon found he had left behind his shoes while trying to get away.

Investigators say they found the man around 12:45 a.m. at a home near the corner of Turner Avenue and Crosby Street NW. Officers did not find a gun on the man, and spent much of the night searching the neighborhood.


My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

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My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

As parents across Michigan register their five year olds for kindergarten, many may wonder if virtual learning is the right solution for their child. Others may believe kindergarten is too young for virtual learning. Before deciding, parents are encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up session hosted by Michigan Connections Academy. Experts in virtual learning will be on hand to provide critical insight on this 21st century learning alternative.  

Michigan Connections Academy offers a complete online learning experience from home for students in grades K-12 that combines a high quality education, flexible scheduling, Michigan-certified teachers and an innovative, award-winning curriculum.