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My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Thousands of students interested in Michigan’s cultural hot spots will now have a set of wheels to get there.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs this week announced the recipients of its latest round of grants for its Arts & Culture Trek grant program.  The organization is awarding $60,000 to 161 schools across the state, to pay for field trip transportation.  Each grant is worth up to $500 and must be used between Jan. 5, 2015 and March 29, 2015.

"A record-breaking number of Michigan K-12 teachers applied for an Arts & Culture Trek Grant this year, and the vast majority of recipients were awarded the full amount they requested," said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. "From Detroit to Kalamazoo to Flint to Marquette, this program will serve thousands of students from 42 counties across the state."

My Town Northview: School superintendent retires after 40 years in education

My Town Northview: School superintendent retires after 40 years in education

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—The Northview Board of Education is preparing to begin its search for a new superintendent.

Tuesday, Superintendent Mike Paskewicz announced he would retire July 1, 2015.  Paskewicz has led the district for five years.  Before that, he worked in the Grand Rapids Public Schools for 21 years and as superintendent in Ogden, Utah; Lake Zurich, Illinois; and Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Colorado.

"The Northview Public Schools community was blessed the last five years to have Mike Paskewicz as its superintendent. Dr. Paskewicz cares deeply about the students of the district, the staff, and the people the system serves. He successfully developed a context in which our students learn and out of which they find success for life. In the Northview way, Mike Paskewicz prepared everyone he touched for ‘life's next steps,’” stated Board President Dr. Tim Detwiler.

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—After more than three decades helping to educate hundreds of thousands of children, the superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District is leaving his post.

Tuesday, Kevin Konarska announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Konarska has worked for Kent ISD for nine years, helping the agency navigate through the Great Recession and deep funding cuts by the state, all while opening new education programs and a laboratory school.

"It will be very hard to see Kevin leave," Board President Claudia Bajema said in a news release to WZZM 13. "He has made such a difference in the schools we serve and in the opportunities available to the more than 100,000 students throughout our service region."

My Town: Protect your child - free car seat safety checks

My Town: Protect your child -  free car seat safety checks

LOWELL, Mich.—Two out of three child car seats are being used incorrectly, and with holiday travel ramping up in the coming weeks, now is the time to make sure your little one is protected on the road.

The Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat safety check this Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and community volunteers will check each infant car seat and child booster seat to make sure they are correctly installed in your vehicle.  Qualified families can also purchase a discounted replacement seat, while supplies last.

The car seat safety check is part of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention program. Similar events are planned for 2015 at the following times and locations:

My Town: Assumption BVM students collect 150+ toys for families in need

My Town: Assumption BVM students collect 150+ toys for families in need

BELMONT, Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Assumption BVM in Belmont collected 150 or more toys.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.

My Town: Children to serenade seniors with Christmastime favorites

My Town: Children to serenade seniors with Christmastime favorites

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Some West Michigan children are warming up for a cold weather tradition.

Wednesday, members of the seventh and eighth grade band will serenade seniors at Vista Springs Assisted Living, located at 3740 Richton Ave. NE.  The 45-minute performance will include many classic carols. 

Chandler Woods Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.