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My Town: Shake Your Tail Feathers Hawaiian Luau on Jan. 31

My Town: Shake Your Tail Feathers Hawaiian Luau on Jan. 31

Summer comes to the community early with this great fundraiser to benefit the West Catholic Band Boosters this Saturday.

Shake Your Tail Feathers Dinner Dance 2015 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 31 in the West Catholic Cafetorium. This is the opportunity to enjoy margaritas with friends, experience a luau feast by Three Men & a Grill, try your luck at some raffles and take in some live music by Trilogy. Cocktails and appetizers begin at 6 p.m. with dinner scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each if purchased by Jan. 27; after that date, tickets are $35.

Get your tickets at the West Catholic High School's main office. West Catholic is located at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. E-mail Sandy at rsfrazine@comcast.net or call (616) 293-7417 for more details.

My Town GR North: NorthPointe Christian Elementary Hosts The NED Show

My Town GR North: NorthPointe Christian Elementary Hosts The NED Show

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  NorthPointe Christian Elementary School hosted a character education assembly program called The NED Show for its students on Friday, Jan. 16.        

For more than 25 years, this unique character education program has provided a kid-friendly school assembly presentation that promotes persistence, kindness and excellence in elementary school students. The assembly focuses on the importance of three simple principles: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best®.

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.

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: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

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.