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Several Grand Rapids Schools Awarded Arts Education Grant

Several Grand Rapids Schools Awarded Arts Education Grant

On Wednesday, December 21, 2011 the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids announced the results of their annual grant process, awarding $23,625 in Arts Education Grants for 2011-2012. Twenty-two arts educators in the Kent Intermediate School District received funding, which comes directly from the Arts Council's annual fundraising efforts for the Arts Education Funding Pool. Additionally, a gift of $3,385 was made to the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation in support of arts education in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Funds for these grants are raised from individuals, corporations and foundations that value students' exposure to the arts. Donors see the value of a basic arts education for all students as a means of improving self-esteem and overall academic achievement.

Lake Michigan Academy helps make Toys for Tots Challenge a success

Lake Michigan Academy helps make Toys for Tots Challenge a success

Hundreds of students and thousands of toys filled the WZZM 13 parking lot this morning, as another Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge wrapped up.  Based on the knowledge that no one knows better than a child how awful it would be to wake up without a toy on Christmas morning, the School Spirit Challenge engages kids to collect toys.

This year, more than 50 schools participated and collected more than 10,000 toys.  Many schools will continue their collections through next week.  “It’s just so wonderful to see kids get into the spirit of this campaign,” said WZZM Community Relations Director Catherine Behrendt.  “They understand the joy that a toy brings to a child on Christmas morning.”

19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

From: http://grpublicschools.org

This year’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, the 19th annual, was a huge success! More than 1,400 participants came out to Cornerstone University to take part in the event.

(Above) Competitors and spectators gather near the Start/Finish line before the gun goes off.

Click here to watch a video of the beginning of the race.

December is Here… That Means Basketball!

December is Here… That Means Basketball!

By Justin Schipper
From http://grchristianeagles.com


Ladies and Gentlemen!  It’s that time of year once again.  As the months have flown by and November has come and gone, the month of December is finally here!  This, of course, has a different meaning to nearly every person.  To some, it means time for the frantic buying of gifts, the installation of Christmas lights, the falling of snow, the shoveling of driveways, the driving on slippery roads, and who could forget the Holiday cheer!

However, there is one special activity that the month of December brings which...

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Grand Rapids Board seeks search firm to guide superintendent selection

Grand Rapids Board seeks search firm to guide superintendent selection

GRAND RAPIDS – Firms and associations experienced in conducting national superintendent searches will be invited by the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education to present their expertise and qualifications to work with the board in creating a pool of qualified candidates to lead the district.

The board supported a recommendation to allow Kent ISD to issue a request for proposals for the purpose of conducting a nationwide search to recruit candidates for the superintendent position.  Firms responding to the board’s request will be asked to take information already gathered on the characteristics most desired in a new district leader and use that data to guide recruitment efforts.

Head Start for Kent County Receives Grants to Enhance Outdoor Play

Head Start for Kent County Receives Grants to Enhance Outdoor Play

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Head Start for Kent County (HS4KC) is pleased to announce three Head Start sites have been chosen by the Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS) as grant recipients: Adams Head Start ($5,000), Rogers Lane Head Start ($3,928), and South Godwin Head Start ($4,542). This year, 830 (436 in June 2011 and 394 in November 2011) Early Head Start and Head Start programs across the country were chosen to receive grants to improve their outdoor play spaces, helping young children and their families grow healthy and strong.