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Mark DeJong will lead Vanguard Charter Academy for 2015-2016

Mark DeJong will lead Vanguard Charter Academy for 2015-2016

Mark DeJong, who holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from St. Cloud State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Bethel University, will serve as the new principal of Vanguard Charter Academy for the 2015-2016 school year. Mark replaces Daryl Vriesenga who retired at the end of this past school year.

Mark is a familiar face around school, having served as assistant principal and academic dean since 2011. He has spent the past 15 years in education in the classroom and leadership. Before moving to Michigan he served as the superintendent and principal of an elementary school in Minnesota along with leading an elementary school in the Dominican Republic as their principal.

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, professor and chair person of the theology department at Aquinas College here in Grand Rapids, MI., has been named a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the fall semester at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine.

“Aquinas is very pleased and proud that Dr. Marko once again has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Aquinas Provost, Gilda Gely. “It is extremely competitive on an international scale, so it is exciting to Aquinas making its’ mark in this global space.” Dr. Marko was also awarded a Fulbright in 2008, focusing then on what the Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the West.

The Fulbright Program, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the people of the world, is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Government.

Kentwood High School to host Rainbow Run

Kentwood High School to host Rainbow Run

The Falcon Rainbow Run is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, 2015 at East Kentwood High School, 6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE in Kentwood, MI 49508. Registration at 2:00pm, Race Time 3:00pm.

Start this 5K in White and end in Color. We are promoting unity within the community with a noncompetitive, fun event anyone of any age can enjoy.

Registration Fees:

$30 for Adults

$25 for Firemen/Police/Military

$25 for East Kentwood Athletes

$20 for Kids (12 & under)

If an entire team is interested in participating, there will be a group discount rate-please contact Katelyn Hines at 616-443-9019.

A separate registration form must be filled out for each participant.

Please make checks out to East Kentwood Student Council and mailed to the school.

Additional information: Lauren Parker, 616-560-4234    Check this out on Facebook too!

Students Travel to National BPA Competition, Advisor Recognized into BPA Hall of Fame

Students Travel to National BPA Competition, Advisor Recognized into BPA Hall of Fame

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Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools is Hiring. They are looking for Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Ed Personnel and Support Staff.

The Job Fair for these positions is taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 4 – 6pm at the W. Main Professional Development Center, located at 1627 W. Main in Kalamazoo, MI.

If you would like to pre-register and be considered for interviews on May 12th, please RSVP before May 1st at hivelynl@kalamazoo.k12.mi.us or visit the website at www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

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ChoiceOne Bank staff recently participated in Grand Valley State University’s Community Outreach Week: March 21-28, 2015. Jim Bosserd, President & CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, gave the effort his full support.

ChoiceOne bank staff donated their time and efforts at two Habitat for Humanity projects in the area. On March 25, they spent the day at the Newaygo County Habitat for Humanity ReStore painting and building structures. ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

On March 27, the volunteers spent the day at a Habitat home construction site in Grand Rapids helping to paint, trim, and provide overall maintenance.

Palmatier family leaves $2.2 million to Aquinas College

Palmatier family leaves $2.2 million to Aquinas College

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Aquinas College announced today that the school is the recipient of a $2.2 million gift from the Helen Palmatier estate. Palmatier, who died April 2, 2014, was preceded in death by her husband Jackman Palmatier, who died in 1981. Jackman worked at Antrim Iron from 1923-1942 and later Grand Rapids Gravel. The Palmatiers established a legacy of philanthropy throughout their lifetime with the first gift to Aquinas in 1993. The Palmatiers have supported the College’s sustainable business program, annual fund and various fundraising events. They were members of St. Alphonsus parish.

“We so appreciate the commitment the Palmatiers have shown Aquinas over the years,” said President of Aquinas College Juan Olivarez. “Helen and Jackman were very generous to us, and we are deeply grateful.”

The gift will fund an endowed professorship and a number of interdisciplinary degree options. Plans will be announced in the coming months.