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Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Parents want the best education for their children. Increased engagement with their child’s school gives them an opportunity to see that through. School choices continue to emerge, with online education thriving amongst families in the United States with a 58 percent increase in enrollment since 2010.

Great Lakes Cyber Academy is a tuition free school serving students in grades 6-12. As an online school, Great Lakes Cyber Academy allows local families from communities like city to learn from the comfort of their own homes, or wherever there is an internet connection. Enrollment numbers continue to increase with this learning model because of satisfaction with virtual education, the level of expertise through online institutions and the rigorous curriculum of the offered programs. One of the primary benefits of Great Lakes Cyber Academy is the level of parent engagement across all grade levels.

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Approximately 94 percent of parents whose children are enrolled at Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids would recommend the school, according to a recent parent satisfaction survey. The blended learning school delivers a combination of online and face-to-face instruction in an engaging and flexible educational setting committed to making each student’s success a priority, .

The 2015-16 survey was administered by an independent market research company, which created the questionnaire, collected the data, and tabulated the results. High marks were achieved with 89 percent of Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids parents giving the school an A or B grade.

Public Night at Veen Observatory on August 13

Public Night at Veen Observatory on August 13

The Grand Rapid Amateur Astronomical Association invite the sky enthusiast to this Saturday’s observing night, as long as the sky is clear.

This is an opportunity to experience the moon, Mars, the rings of the planet, Saturn, along with deep sky objects through the Observatory & member’s telescopes. Guests can also tour the facility & check out the audio visual GRAAA & Observatory presentation.

Visit the Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell on Saturday, August 13 from 9:30pm to midnight. Keep in mind that the Observatory is located at the top of a hill. Visitors park below & walk up to the Observatory. Ask the parking attendant for assistance, if needed

Admission: $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years & younger, free for children under 5 years of age.

Call the Starwatch number: (616)897-7065 for weather condition or sky updates. Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Sand Sculpture Contest

Sand Sculpture Contest

The Grand Haven, Spring Lake & Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce invite residents & visitors to take part in this sand art building activity this Saturday.

After 2 hours of sand creating, individuals, teams & families will be judged and awarded prizes on their unique presentation.

Get your sand sculpture plans & tools in order.The Grand Haven City Beach is the place to be from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, August 13.

Go on-line to www.visitgrandhaven.com for more information.

Public Night on Saturday

Public Night on Saturday

Astronomical enthusiast are in for a real treat on Saturday.

The Grand Rapid Amateur Astronomical Association invite the public to their observing night, as long as the skies are clear. Enthusiast have the opportunity to experience the rings of the planet, Saturn, along with Mars, galaxies, star clusters & nebulas with the Observatory & member’s telescopes. Guests can also tour the facility & check out the audio visual GRAAA & Observatory presentation.

Visit the Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30pm to midnight.

Keep in mind that the Observatory is located at the top of a hill. Visitors park below & walk up to the Observatory. Ask the parking attendant for assistance, if needed.

Admission: $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years & younger, free for children under 5 years of age.

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival

Grand Rapids Sponsors & the Hudsonville Fairgrounds invite the public to a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy!

The kick-off of this colorful festival starts at the Ah-Nab-Awen Park located downtown Grand Rapids by the Gerald R Ford Museum on Thursday, July 21 at 6:00pm. Guests have the opportunity, for $1 to walk inside a RE/Max hot air balloon, watch the glow of hot air balloons in the night sky, along with musical entertainment with Picnic in the Park until 10pm.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to the Hudsonville Fairgrounds located at 5236 Park Avenue to experience activities galore on Friday & Saturday.

Friday, July 22 the community can enjoy numerous events from 5pm through 9:00pm and Saturday, July 23, beginning at 6:30am-8:00am (weather permitting) guest can experience Balloon Fly-Ins. Who will win, as pilots fly in the fairgrounds balloon area for a target? Family entertainment returns at 1pm through 9:00pm.

Rainbow Child Care Center Celebrates Summer with Mobile Science Lab

Rainbow Child Care Center Celebrates Summer with Mobile Science Lab

Rainbow Child Care Center (Rainbow), a provider of academic-focused, early-childhood education with more than 120 centers across 12 states, recently celebrated its annual Summer Social with local families and special guest, Clarity Newhouse, professional race car driver.

Families that attended the event at Rainbow’s center in Walker, enjoyed interacting with Newhouse and getting an up-close look at her race car.  Doubling as a Mobile Science Lab, Newhouse’s race car provided young students an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math during a fun, hands-on science lesson.