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My Town: Grand Rapids Community Foundation reaches scholarship milestone

My Town: Grand Rapids Community Foundation reaches scholarship milestone

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has broken the $1 million mark for scholarships this year alone.

The organization says for the first time in history, it awarded 642 scholarships totaling $1,099,400.  That’s more than double the amount of funding it distributed just six years ago.

 “Surpassing the one million dollar mark is a huge milestone for us and our community,” said Community Foundation Education Program Officer Ruth Bishop. “Our scholarship program shows tremendous growth and impact year after year.”

One person who has benefitted from the GRCF’s scholarship program is Brian Burt.  He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 2000, and with the foundation’s support, is on his way to receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

My Town: Army of volunteers create new play space for children

My Town: Army of volunteers create new play space for children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of Grand Rapids children have a new place to play, thanks to an army of volunteers.

On June 13, more than 300 people from Amway,  Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology and KaBoom! pitched in to build a new playground at in front of the school, located at 600 Burton Street SE.  The volunteers spent several hours transforming children’s designs into a place to play. 

Dr. Marvin L. Sapp and other community leaders will celebrate the playground’s grand opening Tuesday, June 17 at 5 p.m., before officially welcoming children to play at the new site, which is the 16th of its kind built by Amway and KaBOOM.  

Opinion: Have you ever been to a 5k for Mental Illness?

Opinion: Have you ever been to a 5k for Mental Illness?

 

Yes, it's me and I am on the band wagon about the subject of Mental Health. Here is something I found that describes Mental Illness in plain language:

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Committed to Influencing Today's Youth

Committed to Influencing Today's Youth

By Marla Miller

This story originally ran in the Grand Rapids Urban Innovation Exchange

With the mission to restore and refocus at-risk youth, Grand C.I.T.Y.

My Town: Food Network chef visits G.R. to spend time with students and health organization

My Town: Food Network chef visits G.R. to spend time with students and health organization

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - For culinary students, meeting any chef is an exciting opportunity.

Having the chance to meet a nationally renowned chef who was also the winner of The Food Network’s Hell Kitchen, is an even more thrilling occasion. On Wednesday, June 11, students from Grand Rapids Public Schools, the Grand Rapids Community College culinary schools along with Baxter Community Center met Chef Rock Harper at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids. Harper is in Grand Rapids this week in collaboration with the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute for their bi-annual event, Evening of Soul.

My Town: SMARTArt down to 20 semifinalists

My Town: SMARTArt down to 20 semifinalists

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— ArtPrize isn’t just for adults.

Nearly 50 Grand Rapids students are competing in the second annual SMARTArt competition, which will be highlighted during this year’s ArtPrize. SMART stands for Students Making Art with a Renewable Theme.  Last week, leaders from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Consumers Energy, ArtPrize and the city of Grand Rapids gathered to celebrate this year’s entries and announce the top 20 semifinalists.  This year’s list includes:

My Town: LINC celebrates 2014 Community Spirit Award winners

My Town: LINC celebrates 2014 Community Spirit Award winners

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– On Thursday May 15, LINC Community Revitalization Inc. honored a number of community organizations and individuals at the 2014 Community Spirit Awards.

The event recognized those that have worked hard and dedicated their time, energy and funds to revitalize greater Grand Rapids and Kent County. The event also featured a special tribute to retired Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk,  who received the LINC Legacy Award. The special tribute to Belk recognized his commitment to the community and his admirable service that has impacted our community by making it a safer place to live, work and play. The following individuals and organizations received awards in the following categories: