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My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.



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My Town: Highlands Middle School to host boater safety classes

My Town: Highlands Middle School to host boater safety classes

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—The temperatures are warming up, which means now is the time to sign up for boater safety classes.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is offering two information sessions on Monday, April 28 and Wednesday April 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. inside the Highlands Middle School Cafeteria.  Anyone born after 1978 who wants to operate a personal watercraft, 12 to 16-year-olds who want to drive a motorboat alone and anyone concerned about the laws and how to safely operate a vessel on waterways should attend this course, which is free.  Students must attend both sessions to receive a certificate.

Pre-registration is required.  To register, call the Community Education Office at (616) 361-3444 or email lbockheim@nvps.net.

My Town Northview: Proposed millage renewal information session April 22

My Town Northview: Proposed millage renewal information session April 22

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—Northview Public Schools will answer questions about a proposed renewal of the district’s building and site millage on Tuesday, April 22.

The ballot measure will not increase tax rates, but extend the current millage by ten years.  The building and site millage generates funding to repair the district’s buildings and sites.  If the fund was eliminated, the district would need to siphen funding from classroom budgets to pay for any facility and safety upgrades.

The information session will run from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 22 in the Northview Administration Building, 4365 Hunsberger NE.  The millage renewal will be up for vote Tuesday, May 6.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. --- A special election is being held May 6 for three Plainfield Township school systems:  Comstock Park, Northview and Rockford public schools.

Comstock Park Public Schools Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein said, “We are asking voters to renew our... sinking fund millage for another ten years on May 6.  This important source of special revenue helps the district make annual repairs and meet ongoing maintenance needs without taking funds from our operational classroom budget.” 

Ebenstein added, “We have an outstanding supportive community that takes great pride in our grounds and facilities, and we are seeking their assistance in helping maintain the facilities we have.”

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich.—A music tour aimed at preventing bullying among teenagers is making its rounds in West Michigan.

The Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour kicked off Monday morning at Sparta High School.  The 90-minute performances feature young Top 40 recording artists who are also speaking out against bullying.  This tour’s headliners include  former ‘X Factor’ contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, Texas.  Additional guest performers include Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois, Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, 18, of Smithville, Virginia; and Branden Mendoza, 20, of New Carney, Texas.

The school concert assembly schedule is as follows:

My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan is looking for people to help with its biggest volunteer event of the year, one month from today.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, also known as “Stamp Out Hunger”,  is scheduled for Saturday, May 10.  Feeding America is looking for volunteers to help move food from the post office to the Food Bank.  Help is needed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at multiple locations around Grand Rapids.  To sign up or learn more, send an email with “NALC” in the subject line to Dena Rogers at DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.org.