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My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  What started as a hashtag battle about the 2014 Jump Jam has turned into a friendly wager between Grand Rapids Public Schools’ superintendent and Spectrum Health’s senior vice president.

GRPS posted the hashtag battle between Theresa Weatherall Neal and Steve Heacock to YouTube last Friday.  In the video, Weatherall Neal challenges Heacock to a friendly bet on two of the Jump Jam teams, with the loser buying lunch from either the hospital or school cafeteria.  Mayor George Heartwell makes a surprise appearance at the end of the video.

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School is opening its own Grand River exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to participate in this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit, which opens at Harrison Park School on April 16.

Youth Service Day Mini-Grants for Michigan Youth

LANSING, MI. - The Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, The LEAGUE Michigan, and Michigan Campus Compact, with support from Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announced the distribution of more than $11,000 in mini-grant funds to support 2014 Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) projects across the state. Thanks to these mini-grants, hundreds of Michigan youth will lend their considerable resources to addressing critical issues in their communities this April.

Thirty-four organizations from across Michigan received funds to coordinate service projects that tackle critical challenges in their communities; including education, environmental stewardship, hunger, homelessness, and services for veterans.

Grants range in value from $90 to $500.

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School will celebrate the grand opening of their own exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to take  part of this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit centered around the Grand River, which will open at Harrison Park School on April 16.

My Town GR North: North Pointe Christian student honored for top essay

My Town GR North: North Pointe Christian student honored for top essay

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Even after she leaves North Pointe Christian Middle School, Alyce Apol’s literary legacy will remain on display.

Alyce took first place in the school’s America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.  The topic was “My Personal Michigan Hero”, which inspired this opening paragraph from Alyce:

“I wish I could say all heroes had super powers, how cool would that be?  But my hero looks like any regular person.  The best example of a hero I have ever known is my mom.  She has the best quality any human could ever possess, she loves unconditionally.”

  As part of the first place honor, Alyce’s name will be engraved on a plaque on permanent display in the school.

My Town GR North: Knapp Charter Academy to 'Light it up Blue' for World Autism Day

My Town GR North: Knapp Charter Academy to 'Light it up Blue' for World Autism Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  The classrooms of  Knapp Charter Academy will be awash in blue on Wednesday April 2, as the school marks World Autism Awareness Day.

Knapp Charter Academy will take part in the “Light it up Blue” campaign organized by Autism Speaks.  Each classroom will have one blue light bulb shining throughout the day.  Teachers and students are also being encouraged to wear blue shirts to show their support.  The school’s goal is to support, educate and advocate for students and families who are impacted by autism.