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Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

By Chealsea Slocum
Photography by Adam Bird 

Businesses donate vehicle to Special Olympics Michigan

Businesses donate vehicle to Special Olympics Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) has a new way to get around.

On Saturday, September 7, the organization accepted a 2010 Toyota Sienna van donated by State Farm.  LKQ Corporation, PPG Industries and Star Collision CARSTAR donated parts, paint and services to restore the damaged van.

SOMI marketing and development director Ashley Diersch says the van will remain at the organization's office in Byron Center.  The vehicle will be used to move equipment, athletes and staff for state and regional tournaments located in southwest Michigan.

Proceeds from the 9th annual Creston Car Show also went to volunteer service organizations like SOMI, which provides sports training and competitions for more than 19,000 people with intellectual disabilities.

Hundreds of students to get new shoes ahead of school year

Hundreds of students to get new shoes ahead of school year

WYOMING, Mich.—Hundreds of students are heading back to school with new athletic shoes, thanks to In the Image’s Shoes Help Our Elementary Students (S.H.O.E.S.) Program.

Program organizers plan to distribute 13,000 pairs of new athletic shoes to at-risk children before the new school year starts.  Eligible students attending Grand Rapids Public Schools and select schools in Kentwood, Wyoming and Godfrey-Lee will receive new shoes. 

In the Image added Potter’s House School to their list after realizing it would have enough shoes to serve children at that school.  Potter’s House students can pick up their shoes at 1823 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids at the following times:

Prospective rowers invited to open house September 7

Prospective rowers invited to open house September 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Junior Rowing is opening up the boathouse to Grand Rapids high school students next month, as the group prepares for a new season.

The Grand Rapids Junior Rowing Open House will be 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, September 7 at the Grand Rapids Rowing Association Boathouse, located at 291 North Park Street NW.  Visitors are invited to tour the boathouse, try an erg machine, meet high school rowers and coaches and get more information about joining for the new season.   

For more information about Grand Rapids Junior Rowing, visit the organization’s website here.

Bob Kozminski Memorial Classic to help GRCC student

Bob Kozminski Memorial Classic to help GRCC student

WALKER, Mich.—On July 8, 2007,  Grand Rapids Officer Bob Kozminski was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute at a Northeast home.

But his legacy lives on, helping college students pursue a career in law enforcement.

The Bob Kozminski Memorial Classic will take place August 17 at Gracewil Country Club, 2597 4 Mile NW in My Town Walker. Proceeds from the four person scramble will go to the Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship Fund, which supports Grand Rapids Community College students entering law enforcement. 

This is the seventh year for the event.

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

The “Stuff the Bus” community challenge is back.

 Now through August 9, Hand2Hand Ministries and the Student Advancement Foundation will be collecting school supplies and personal items for children.  The donations will be distributed to about 3,000 middle school students in the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Godfrey Lee, Jenison and Hudsonville school districts.

 “Soap, Socks and Supplies” is the theme for this fourth annual campaign. Donations can be dropped off Fifth Third Bank locations throughout metro Grand Rapids.  Financial donations are also being accepted.

 "Each year Fifth Third supplies the backpacks for the students, and we look forward to working together with the community to fill them," said Scott Stenstrom of Fifth Third Bank.