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My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

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.

Jakes Music Festival Returns on April 12

Jakes Music Festival Returns on April 12

The Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids comes alive on Saturday, April 12 from 6pm to 11pm with a variety of performers & old favorites for the community to enjoy for FREE. There will be free cake samples from Connie’s Cakes, a silent auction, along with adult beverages for sale at the concession stand.

Jake was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 6 years old & now at 23, he has been battling this disease for 17 years.

Art.Downtown. Returns on April 11

Art.Downtown. Returns on April 11

This one night event for the 5th year offers the community the opportunity to visit more than 30 downtown locations for a peak at the talent of over 300 local artists.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

Volunteers, along with maps will be available to assist with guidance for parking locations, galleries, studios, shops & more. Visitors will also have the chance to converse with local artists.

My Town GR South: Calvin student earns Goldwater Scholar honor

My Town GR South: Calvin student earns Goldwater Scholar honor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Calvin College is celebrating its 15th Goldwater Scholar since 2008- a number unmatched by any other liberal arts college over that span of time.

Abigail Leistra is the latest recipient of the award, which is considered by many as the highest national honor given to undergraduates in science, mathematics and engineering.

"This honor really is a testament to the strength of Calvin College's research program," said Leistra, a junior majoring in both biochemistry and chemical engineering.

Leistra is part of  chemistry professor Kumar Sinniah's research group—a group that's had four Goldwater Scholars since 2006. Their research team is developing methods to deliver drug molecules such as chemotherapeutic drugs to tumor sites while curbing the drug interaction at healthy sites, thereby minimizing side-effects.  Their research is in collaboration with scientists from the University of Michigan.

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.