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GRPS Students Running in AAU National Junior Olympics

GRPS Students Running in AAU National Junior Olympics

Grand Rapids Public Schools’ students quickly made an impact at the AAU National Qualifier track meet held on July 5-8 in Ypsilanti, MI.

Leading the way for GRPS was Sam Beal, a student at Ottawa Hills High School (OHHS). Beal won both the 100 meter dash, with a time of 11.0 seconds, and the 200 meter dash, with a time of 22.4 seconds, in the 15-16 year-old division. Beal is also the anchor leg for the winning 4x100 meter relay team, which currently holds the fourth fastest time in the country for that age division. Also qualifying for the AAU National Junior Olympics for the 15-16 year-old group was relay teammate, Alize Simmons, who took 5th in the 100 meter dash.

Third annual Clemente Skatepark fundraiser

Third annual Clemente Skatepark fundraiser

On Sunday, June 24th from 3 to 9, Premier Skateboarding will be hosting the third annual Clemente Skatepark fundraiser at Godfrey & B Street to celebrate the opening of their new skate shop at 10 Weston. The event will feature a pig roast, silent art auction, skating, lawn games and music. New park features will be opening  with skate events throughout the day.

Free Swim Lessons for Students Attending Shawnee, Dickinson, and Mulick Park Schools

Free Swim Lessons for Students Attending Shawnee, Dickinson, and Mulick Park Schools

Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Novi Sad Aquatics are teaming up to offer free swimming lessons to Shawnee, Dickinson, and Mulick Park  elementary students. Topics will include water safety, comfort in and around the water, and basic mechanics of swimming.

The lessons will be taught by GRPS and GRNSA’s professional coaching staff including Coach Alex Brinks, a USA State Swimming Champion and Coach Jerron Julien, a Union High School Girls and Boys Varsity coach.

The classes will take place at the Ottawa Hills Natatorium and run from June 11th to July 21st, Monday through Thursday.

For questions or to sign up, please contact Nick Kampmueller at 616-819-2010 or e-mail him at kampmuellern@grps.k12.mi.us.

Students must bring their own swimsuit with lining, a towel, goggles (optional) and have a ride to and from the lessons.

Archery added to Kroc Center summer activities

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has added 19 new program classes this summer. Enrollment is now open and new classes begin June 11.

Intro to Archery is one of the new classes being offered for ages 7+ at the Kroc Center this summer and will cover archery safety and terminology, followed by hands on practice at the range.  Other new classes include Art & Nature, an outdoor art class for youth and Climbing for Kids which give youth an opportunity to learn basic climbing and bouldering wall techniques. Also new this summer, adult co-ed softball and volleyball leagues and youth tennis, soccer, and day camps.

Dance classes for adults are another new feature at the Kroc Center this summer. Couples can learn dance styles such as the salsa, waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, and line dancing.  Another option for dancers is a beginner’s level dance class that will teach jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, and ballet.

GRPS Athletics Holding Parent Meetings

GRPS Athletics Holding Parent Meetings

Each GRPS "family of schools" will be holding a K-12 athletic meeting for all parents of new, current, and potential student athletes. GRPS Athletics staff will discuss how they are building successful K-12 programs and the Athletic Director will discuss the family of schools’ road map to the student athletes' success. It is the athletic department's goal to have students graduate with the opportunity to continue their academic and athletic careers beyond high school. Student athletes are encouraged to attend with their parents.


Union Family of Schools (Union, Burton, Westwood, CA Frost, Harrison, SWCC, Buchanan, Cesar Chavez, Covell, Shawmut Hills, Sibley)
May 10th at 6:00pm in the Union High School Auditorium
 
Creston Family of Schools (Creston, Riverside, Aberdeen, Coit, Congress, East Leonard, Kent Hills, North Park, Palmer)

4th annual Mayor's Bike Ride planned for Tonight

4th annual Mayor's Bike Ride planned for Tonight

Join the fourth annual Mayor's Bike Ride tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the trailhead of Plaster Creek Trails, the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 2500 South Division Avenue.

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Grand Rapids Griffins, Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation, and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition join Grand Rapids Mayor George K. Heartwell as proud partners.

This free family friendly event introduces the average bike rider to the Grand Rapids bike trail system. The event will start at the Kroc Center and then move to the trailhead of Plaster Creek Trails which is directly connected to the Kroc Center property. The ride distance options are 2 miles or 6 miles.

4th annual Mayor's Bike Ride planned for Tuesday, May 8

4th annual Mayor's Bike Ride planned for Tuesday, May 8

Join the fourth annual Mayor's Bike Ride, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at the trailhead of Plaster Creek Trails, the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 2500 South Division Avenue.

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Grand Rapids Griffins, Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation, and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition join Grand Rapids Mayor George K. Heartwell as proud partners.

This free family friendly event introduces the average bike rider to the Grand Rapids bike trail system. The event will start at the Kroc Center and then move to the trailhead of Plaster Creek Trails which is directly connected to the Kroc Center property. The ride distance options are 2 miles or 6 miles.