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Riverside and Alger Middle School Students Win MLK Jr. Essay Contest

Riverside and Alger Middle School Students Win MLK Jr. Essay Contest

Two Riverside Middle School students and one student from Alger Middle School have topped the list for an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. The contest is hosted by the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd. This is the eighth year for the essay contest. It was open to all sixth-grade students that attend Grand Rapids Public Schools. It asked the students to write an essay focused on how Dr. King's legacy of peace and justice applies to the world in which they live. More than 250 students entered this year's competition.

The Grand Prize winner this year is Riverside Middle School student Daijon Miller. Miller has been invited to read his essay at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Davenport University Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.

Information Courtesy of Davenport University



Silent march, program and service project scheduled for Jan. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, Jan. 16, 2013 -
On Monday, Jan. 21, Davenport University students, faculty and staff will celebrate and honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a silent march around the W.A. Lettinga Campus and program and reception to follow.  Several other events are planned to take place throughout the week as well.  

“Across the country, people of all ages and backgrounds will come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the "Beloved Community" that Dr. King envisioned,” said Dr. Rhae Anne Booker, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  “We would like Davenport University students to have a similar experience on this very important day.”  


Flu Closes Lake Michigan Academy in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The flu outbreak in West Michigan is causing two schools to close Wednesday.

At Lake Michigan Academy in Grand Rapids so many staff members have the flu the school can't open. Palo Community Schools in Ionia County report bus drivers and children are sick. Staff members still have to report there.

Janitors at both schools will spend the day cleaning the buildings.

The Kent County Health Department reports the confirmed number of flu cases in Kent County has reached 463 this season-- a slight increase from last week.

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

"The Pink Panther Strikes Again" will be presented by Grandville High School on January 31st, February 1st and 2nd at 7:00pm. We all remember Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies for some of the most bizarre and dangerous capers he was involved in. This would be a great time to reminisce and go and enjoy the efforts of everyone involved in this production.

Adult tickets are $7.00, student and seniors $5.00 and are available at the door. Advance ticket sales available by calling 616-254-6334.

Kindergarten Enrollment time at Grandville Public Schools

Kindergarten Enrollment time at Grandville Public Schools

Kindergarten enrollment registration begins January 14, 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year at Grandville Public Schools. Children must be at least 5 years of age by November 1, 2013. Children with November birth dates who will be 5 years of age by December 1, 2013 remain eligible for kindergarten if the parent or parents makes a request in writing no later than June 1st of this year.

Grandville will be offering a full-day/everyday kindergarten for this year. This program was implemented for the first time with the current school year and has been very beneficial.  The full day also allowed the staff greater flexibility to address individual learning needs.

Some parents still have concerns about full day sessions so Grandville will continue to offer a half-day “Young Fives” option for children. Parents of children with late fall birth dates may choose to have their child in the full-day program if they prefer.

All I want for Christmas is a better ACT score…

All I want for Christmas is a better ACT score…

From: http://www.grpl.org

Do you know any high school juniors or seniors who are preparing to take or retake the ACT? Or perhaps you are one yourself? Don’t miss your chance to better understand and prepare for this important test!

I know after my first try – just winging it really – I signed up for a second test to try to get a higher score that would have meant thousands of dollars more toward tuition at the college of my choice. Unfortunately, I did not take a class from the professionals and ended up with the same score a second time. I actually improved in several specific areas but dropped in others resulting in the same overall score.

GRPS Athletics Hosting Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament

GRPS Athletics Hosting Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament

From: http://www.grps.org

Grand Rapids Public Schools Athletics is hosting the East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament on December 22 and 29, 2012.

Men's teams from the Detroit area will take on West Michigan teams Rockford, Muskegon, Creston, Union, and Ottawa Hills on the 22nd. The women's event on December 29th will feature Creston, Union, Ottawa Hills, Clio, Lee, and Bay City Central. Halftime entertainment is planned for many of the games.

Following a successful Turkey Trot fundraiser, the GRPS athletics department is hoping to raise another $50,000 during the Holiday Classic to continue offering K-12 sports programming without a pay to play fee.