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GRPS to hold school choice open houses

The Grand Rapids Public School District is sponsoring two parties and open houses to help families learn more about their school options.

The first open house will be at City High Middle School on Saturday, January 22 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The school is located at 1400 Fuller Ave. NE.

The second open house will be Wednesday, February 16 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Gerald R. Ford Middle School at 851 Madison SE.

The Winter Parties and School Choice Open Houses will include free food, raffles and prizes. Twenty-eight school representatives will attend. Parents can also learn more about after school programs,  Title 1 parent involvement, and volunteer involvement. An overview of the five year strategic plan will also be available.                                

One Book One City for Kids Announces 2011 Selection

One Book One City for Kids Announces 2011 Selection


GRAND RAPIDS (January 10, 2011) One Book, One City for Kids, a citywide reading initiative for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, announces this year’s selection is "Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School" by Ruth McNally Barshaw.

One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program encouraging 4,5 & 6th grade readers to read and discuss the same book each winter. The program also strives to encourage a life-long love of reading among middle school-age readers, inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life through discussion, and build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools.

This year the entire city will be reading "Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School" by Ruth McNally Barshaw.

2 Days Left to Vote to Win $1 million to Fight Hunger in Greater Grand Rapids

2 Days Left to Vote to Win $1 million to Fight Hunger in Greater Grand Rapids



GR/Wyoming market holds 5th place position in

Walmart's national "Fighting Hunger Together" Facebook campaign


WHAT:                  With just over 48 hours until the 7 p.m., Dec. 31st voting deadline, FightHungerGR.org is making a final push to win $1 million for area hunger relief organizations as part of Walmart's "Fighting Hunger Together" campaign.

Greater GR Facebook Community urged to change profile pictures & vote to bring hunger relief to area

Greater GR Facebook Community urged to change profile pictures & vote to bring hunger relief to area

News Release:


GR/Wyoming market holds 2nd place position in national contest with 8 days to deadline



With just over one week until the Dec.

Sitty’s Wish Re-Opens at Aberdeen Elementary

From: http://grpublicschools.org

Sitty's Wish, a free winter clothing wear boutique for Grand Rapids Public Schools students, will be re-opening next week. It has new volunteer leaders and a new location Aberdeen Elementary.

The new volunteer leaders are Sandy DeVorner and Andrea Schaab. They are taking over operations for Kathern Kampfschulte, a retired GRPS teacher.

Andrea Schaab and Sandy DeVormer, read a Grand Rapids Press story about Sitty's Wish closing, decided to keep it open three days a week in a new location at Aberdeen Elementary.

GRPS employees can pick up clothing on behalf of students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Nov. 1 to March 1.

GRPS - Vicki Boase Wins "A Day Made Better" Award

From: http://grpublicschools.org

Vicki Boase , second grade teacher at Palmer Elementary, was recently surprised with the OfficeMax "A Day Made Better" award. She was nominated by Karen Myers, secretary at Palmer.

OfficeMax "A Day Made Better" is a national school advocacy campaign that works to erase teacher funded classrooms. Because teachers spend on average $1000 out-of-pocket annually on essential classroom supplies, OfficeMax and Adopt-A-Classroom founded "A Day Made Better".

Since "A Day Made Better" first began in October 2007, OfficeMax has funded more than 3,500 teachers and their classrooms on behalf of Adopt-A-Classroom.

Each classroom gift includes a digital camera, printer, swivel chair, and a large box containing essential classroom supplies totally $1000.

GRPS - Last day of voting for Kohl's Cares initiative

Dear GRPS Students, Parents, Staff and Supporters:
Following our email yesterday, it was brought to our attention that Ken-O-Sha Elementary was not the only school involved in the Kohl's Cares initiative on Facebook. In fact, nearly every school in the district has applied! That means that ANY school in the Grand Rapids Public School district could win one of 20 $500,000 grants to improve their school.
Today is the last day of voting. All you have to do is log on to (or join, if you haven't already) Facebook and find the Kohl's page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/kohls?ref=ts. Click on the Kohl's Cares tab and search for your favorite GRPS school. Every vote counts, so vote multiple times for any and all of the GRPS schools involved!
Get the word out, post to your Facebook page and email all your friends! Show everyone how much you support GRPS and our ongoing success story.