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My Town: A dozen children to 'Shop with a Hero' for the holidays

My Town: A dozen children to 'Shop with a Hero' for the holidays

CASCADE, Mich. – A group of Grand Rapids area children is getting some help with filling the space under their Christmas trees.

Tuesday, a dozen children from Coit and East Leonard elementary schools will meet up with Grand Rapids police officers and firefighters to “Shop with a Hero.”  Each child will be given a $100 Meijer gift card to purchase holiday gifts for family and friends at the Meijer store at 1997 E. Beltline Ave. NE. Community Officer Neil Gomez says the children chosen to participate work hard in school while facing financial hardships at home.

This is the third year Grand Rapids police and firefighters have teamed up with Meijer for the event.  Including this year, Meijer has donated $4,000 to the event, helping 40 children.

My Town: Prepatory schools team up to collect Toys for Tots

My Town: Prepatory schools team up to collect Toys for Tots

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Wellspring and Grand River prepatory schools collected 125 toys for the challenge.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.

My Town GR North: City High Middle School awarded $100k grant

My Town GR North: City High Middle School awarded $100k grant

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Grand Rapids Public Schools)-- City High Middle School and the Center for Economicology are the recipients of a $100,000 grant from the Wege Foundation. The grant will support the schools’ International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Activities covered by the grant include IB trainings, professional development, IB resources, annual IB fees, student camp fees, and greenhouse expenses.

City High Middle School is the only school in the region to offer the rigorous, internationally recognized International Baccalaureate curriculum, which focuses on sustainability and prepares students to be critical thinkers. The school serves students in grades 7-12. The 6th grade Center for Economicology at City is named after a term coined by Peter Wege and provides students with hands-on, outdoor adventures with a sustainability focus.

My Town: Officer's legacy of love benefits Grand Rapids police dogs

My Town: Officer's legacy of love benefits Grand Rapids police dogs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Even in death, a Grand Rapids police officer is caring for the dogs he loved.

Monday afternoon, the father of Officer Andrew Rusticus will present a check to the Grand Rapids Police Canine Team, to cover the cost of purchasing and caring for retired police dogs.  The money came from the inaugural K9K race created in honor of Rusticus, who died from a heart attack while on a training run to become a canine handler.  Rusticus was just 29 years old when he collapsed Feb. 25, 2012.

The first K2K race took place Aug. 9, 2014 at Riverside Park.  Proceeds from the event are going to the Grand Rapids Police Department Canine Unit Foundation, the Thin Blue Line of Michigan and a scholarship at Trinity Christian College, in Rusticus’ name. 

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

3rd Annual Round Up at the Rink Fundraiser Tonight, November 14

3rd Annual Round Up at the Rink Fundraiser Tonight, November 14

The Van Andel Arena’s in-house food & beverage provider, along with the Grand Rapids Griffins are again participating in this special wishes event at tonight’s hockey game against the Texas Stars. Fans will be asked if they would like to round up their concession order at any concession stand to benefit this great cause and help make children’s wishes come true.

Ryan Rabinowitz, a freshmen at Novi High School in 2012 created this Round Up at the Rink fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that fulfills wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Ryan is a now a junior at Novi High School & plays for the varsity hockey team.

Girl Scouts to take part in Gerald R. Ford Tree Lighting tonight

Girl Scouts to take part in Gerald R. Ford Tree Lighting tonight

Make it a point to stroll downtown this evening for the Annual Presidential Museum Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7pm at the Gerald R. Ford Museum at 303 Pearl St. NW in Grand Rapids, MI.

For the first time in its history, Girl Scouts, with Rockford Service Unit 322, will be included in  performing the Flag Ceremony at the outdoor event.

Immediately following the tree lighting, there will be live music, a sing-along and the announcement of the 2014 Community Tree Awards.