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Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Gabriel Isaac Dehen, born October 16, 2014 at Metro Hospital, came into this world fighting and has a long journey ahead of him and his parents, David & Christina Dehen.

Gabriel was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around one of his arms that was completely limp. After ineffective respiratory efforts, he was placed on oxygen but then doctors noticed unusual movement of his arms that appeared to be symptoms of seizure activity. He was then transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for the next 42 days.

Gabriel was diagnosed with Severe Epilepsy & Neuro-Degenerative Disease, meaning his brain cells were diminished from his brain as well as his brain stem. He is now on 3 different seizure medicines.

Both David and Christina never planned to have her off from work for so long; her job granted her 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid leave for baby bonding time. Since that time she is only able to work a few hours a week due to Gabriel’s needs and care.

Kentwood Community Church to Sponsor Wyoming Summer Concerts

Kentwood Community Church to Sponsor Wyoming Summer Concerts

The Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission (WCEC) announced today that Kentwood Community Church (KCC) has agreed to an exclusive Title Sponsorship agreement for the 2015 Concerts in the Park Series. In recognition of their support, the series will be renamed to "Concerts in the Park, presented by Kentwood Community Church" for the 2015 season.

Kentwood Community Church is the first full-season sponsor for the Concerts in the Park series.  In addition to renaming the series, the church will also provide activities and entertainment during all 11 concerts scheduled for this year.  Each concert night will have various events, such as family games, kids inflatable equipment, face painting, temporary tattoos, and lots of giveaways, all at no charge.  Follow the series on Facebook (Facebook.com/WyomingCEC) to get up-to-date information on events for each concert night.

Cherry Health & Grand Rapids Public Library Observe Successes in Early Childhood Development Class

Cherry Health & Grand Rapids Public Library Observe Successes in Early Childhood Development Class

News Release:

Cherry Health continues its collaboration with the Grand Rapids Public Library, offering free family activity classes for children ages 2-5. EatPlayGrow™ is an initiative to help families develop healthy habits from an early age.

Jacklyn Chandler, EatPlayGrow™ Coordinator, noted: “We have had a wonderful community response to class activities and lessons. Families enjoy this dedicated time with their children – from story time to amusing experiments with glue. We witness a lot of laughter in our classes.”

April classes focus on healthy food choices while referencing a familiar image – the traffic light!

The classes also feature art-making, storytelling, music, and movement activities to encourage knowledge attainment and to learn through play!

The following is the class schedule for the month of April:

Wednesday, April 8, 1:30 p.m.
West Leonard Branch
1017 Leonard NW 49504

 

WMU-Cooley Law School students read and donate books to Sibley Elementary School students

WMU-Cooley Law School students read and donate books to Sibley Elementary School students

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- As part of March is Reading Month, the leaders of WMU-Cooley Law School’s Children’s Law Society took time recently to read to three Sibley Elementary School kindergarten classes in Grand Rapids.

Besides reading to the children, WMU-Cooley students Demar L. Sheffey and Anthony Courtney gave each child their own book to take home, along with a notebook and pencil to practice their writing.

Sheffey recently helped revive the Children’s Law Society at WMU-Cooley because he was angry about the state of literacy in Grand Rapids public schools. He remembered when he couldn’t move to the fourth grade because his reading skills needed improvement. Like his third grade teacher who helped him, Sheffey wanted to help current school children.

“No one gave me a book at that age,” Sheffey said. “But if I take the time to show these kids that reading is fun and help provide the tools they need to learn, then hopefully they will keep up in school.”

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town GR Central: Dash down Division in your pajamas March 28

My Town GR Central: Dash down Division in your pajamas March 28

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--Support area children while wearing pajamas in public during this dash down Division Avenue Saturday, March 28.

This brisk run begins at  9 a.m. at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center, located at 2500 S. Division.  The dash ends in Alger Heights. There is also a Jammie Jog fun run for kids age 12 and younger after the 5K race. Teddy bears can come along.

Packet pick-up is Friday, March 27 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on race day, starting at 7am.  To register or for more details, visit  www.dashdowndivision.com.      

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.