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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

My Town GR North: Volunteers needed for back-to-school drive

My Town GR North: Volunteers needed for back-to-school drive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Volunteers are needed to help stuff backpacks for hundreds of children in need.

D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s  has been collecting backpacks and school supplies at its Leonard Street and Knapp Street locations since Aug. 11. This is the eighth year for the drive, which provides classroom necessities for more than 500 children who are recovering from abuse and neglect, or live in poverty.  Approximately 23 percent of children in Kent County live below the poverty line.

People interested in volunteering to fill backpacks on Aug. 15 should contact Katie Wybenga at (616) 361-4118 or kwybenga@dabsj.org.

My Town GR North: Back-to-school donation drive begins

My Town GR North: Back-to-school donation drive begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Back-to-school shopping season is here, but hundreds of West Michigan children can't afford a trip down store aisles.

That's why D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s is holding its Backpack & School Supply Drive now through Aug. 15.  This is the eighth year for the event, which provides classroom necessities for more than 500 children who are recovering from abuse and neglect, or live in poverty.  Approximately 23 percent of children in Kent County live below the poverty line.

The donation wish list includes:

Maker Faire brings the maker movement to Grand Rapids

Maker Faire brings the maker movement to Grand Rapids

By Audria Larsen
This story originally ran in Rapid Growthhttp://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com/features/073114makerfaire.aspx

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Grand Rapids is a city of the arts; through large scale events like ArtPrize and Festival of the Arts, our community is known for its creative leanings.

My Town: Back-to-school donations needed for Grand Rapids area children

My Town: Back-to-school donations needed for Grand Rapids area children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As the back-to-school shopping season nears, a Grand Rapids organization is encouraging community members to pick up an extra backpack or set of supplies for children in need.

D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s is in need of donations for its Backpack & School Supply Drive.  This is the eighth year for the event, which provides classroom necessities for more than 500 children who are recovering from abuse and neglect, or live in poverty.  Approximately 23 percent of children in Kent County live below the poverty line.

D.A. Blodgett- St. John’s will be accepting donations Aug. 11 through Aug. 15 at its Leonard Street and Knapp Street locations.  The donation wish list includes: