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New logo to mark Grand Rapids Community College’s 100th anniversary

New logo to mark Grand Rapids Community College’s  100th anniversary

Grand Rapids Community College unveiled  a new logo to mark its 100th anniversary year.  The new look accompanies a long-standing GRCC tradition: engaging the community.
Allison Supron’s design from 25 finalists who were selected by a panel of judges from more than 200 entries. She will receive $500 and her logo will be used throughout the 2014-15 academic year.

But Facebook fans didn’t just elevate Allison to the top of the logo contest.  Every vote for 24 hours, from noon on Nov. 9 to noon on Nov. 10, meant a $1 donation to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts - GRCC donated $1,000 to the American Red Cross.

Allison, a junior majoring in graphic design at Grand Valley State University, is an intern at that school’s Promotions Office. A Marquette High School graduate, she plans to study abroad in London this summer with GVSU’s Art Department.

The other top finishers in the logo contest were:

GRPS School Choice Expo

GRPS School Choice Expo

From: http://www.grpublicschools.org

Come learn about the region's largest selection of school choices including Theme Schools, Centers of Innovation, and Neighborhood Schools! This is a family friendly event that include free dinner, kids activities, music and more. Applications are required for theme schools and Centers of Innovation and seats may be limited -- so act now, learn more, and apply today!

Dads Become ‘Heroes of the Hallways’ at River City Scholars Charter Academy

Dads Become ‘Heroes of the Hallways’ at  River City Scholars Charter Academy

River City Scholars Charter Academy is starting the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program to encourage fathers to take an active role in their child’s education.

Watch D.O.G.S. is an initiative of the National Center for Fathering. Fifth-grade teacher John Joyner said the purpose of the program is to raise the banner of fatherhood in the school and in the student’s home.

“When I was growing up, it was usually a mom or grandmother who attended conferences, volunteered in the school, or traveled on fieldtrips,” Joyner said. “Even though times have changed, somewhat, since I was in school, fathers and father figures are still a missing ingredient in the school environment.”

The Watch D.O.G.S. also serve as a second set of eyes around campus. Tony Smith is the “top dog” at River City Scholars. He patrols the hallways, cafeteria, and school grounds when he volunteers at the school. He also spends time in his granddaughter’s kindergarten classroom.

Planting Seeds of Promise

Planting Seeds of Promise

By Heidi Stukkie

In a 40-block area surrounding Dickinson Elementary School, almost 30 percent of the residents live at or below the national poverty level. More than 65 percent of the families are single-parent households and out of the nearly 270 students at the school, 75 percent qualify for the state’s free lunch program.

This racially diverse Dickinson School neighborhood houses approximately 2,000 people, of which 55 percent are African American and 35 percent are Hispanic. Issues of crime, unemployment and school dropouts are common in the area.

Despite a less-than-rosy situation, a seed has been planted by an organization focused on empowering community-driven change. The goal is to start from the bottom up, include everyone in the process and improve the neighborhood’s employment, educational and economic opportunities so that each person has a chance to thrive.

GRCC Announces 100th Anniversary Celebration Logo Competition

GRCC Announces 100th Anniversary Celebration Logo Competition

Grand Rapids Community College will be celebrating its centennial anniversary during the 2014-15 academic year.  To officially kick off planning activities the college is inviting the community to design the 100th anniversary logo.

GRCC Provost Dr. Gilda Gely heads up the 100th Anniversary steering committee responsible for planning the centennial celebration.  “I could not think of a better, more fitting way to engage the community – GRCC’s community – in this important time at GRCC,” she said.  “The competition is open to anyone who would like to be part of our 100-year celebration.”

Will your school's football game be suspended due to weather?

Will your school's football game be suspended due to weather?

Tonight's weather is starting to look a bit threatening. Most people know that lightening and thunder will force a game to be suspended, but we thought you might want to know the exact details regarding inclement weather game delays and suspensions.

Here are the official Contest Suspension Guidelines for Inclement Weather as listed on the MHSAA website:

LOOP/LOFT After School Programs Taking Applications

LOOP/LOFT After School Programs Taking Applications

The GRPS Office of Extended Learning is pleased to announce that LOOP and LOFT after school program applications are now available for the 2012-13 school year. The program start date for year round schools is September 5. The program start date for regular calendar schools is October 1.

To enroll your child, pick up a registration packet from the main office at their school, fill it out, and return completed forms to the school's site coordinator. Space is limited, and students are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Transportation may be available for students attending 3 or more days per week.