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Chandler Woods students read for 2014

Chandler Woods students read for 2014

BELMONT, Mich.-- Chandler Woods Charter Academy students will kick off 2014 by reading for 2,014 seconds this Friday, Jan. 17.

The 33-minute session is part of the annual Chandler Woods Reads event.  Students are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring blankets and pillows to lounge on while reading.  The reading session will begin at 8:10 a.m.

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

Northview Community Band recruiting new members

Northview Community Band recruiting new members

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Northview Community Band is looking for musical members.

The band will hold its first meeting of the new year in the Northview High School band room on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The group will meet every Tuesday evening.  The band will present their annual concert on Tuesday, March 4 in Northview’s Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

No auditions are necessary to join the group, but all members should have previous high school band experience, access to their own instrument, and must pay $35.  For an application, click here or contact Linda by emailing lbockheim@nvps.net or calling 361-3444.

Book store collects donations for Northview Public Schools

Book store collects donations for Northview Public Schools

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Don’t forget to add Northview Public Schools to your Christmas list this year.

Now through December 31, the Barnes & Noble store in Woodland Mall is accepting book donations for the district.  Customers can donate at the checkout counter.  The coveted books will be added to the district’s collection to promote student reading. 

All of the donations will be delivered to schools across the district in January 2014.

One day left for Northview High School art display

One day left for Northview High School art display

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Time is running out to see the talents of Northview High School students on display at the Kent ISD building.

Artwork created by students in the high school’s advanced art and fashion design classes is on display in the building’s lobby now through December 12.  The exhibit features pencil and ink drawings and pastel pieces created by sophomores, juniors and seniors.

“It’s about getting my students to realize that their art can make a difference and can be a great way to get others to understand things that are important to them or society,” says instructor Tricia Erickson.

The Northview High School art display is part of a rotating series of exhibits from schools within the Kent ISD. Artwork from the students of Byron Center Christian Schools will go on display in January.

The Kent ISD building is located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids Township.

Balletmore promises budget-friendly 'Nutcracker' for Dec. 8

Balletmore promises budget-friendly 'Nutcracker' for Dec. 8

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—  This Sunday, Dec. 8, Balletmore Dance Studio will present its own version of “The Nutcracker”, which the company says is just right for antsy children and tight budgets.

Balletmore’s version is 60 minutes long and features local students and pre-professional artists.  Children can also meet performers after the ballet and enter to win a full scholarship for free training at Balletmore.

Balletmore is offering two performances at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.  The production will take place at the Northview High School Max Colley Junior Performing Arts Center, located at 4451 Hunsberger NE.

Tickets are $7 per child and $12 per adult.  To purchase tickets, visit the Balletmore website here.

Book-loving teachers sought for grant honoring fallen officer

Book-loving teachers sought for grant honoring fallen officer

NORTHVIEW, Mich.— Family members of late Officer Trevor Slot are honoring his love of reading by offering a scholarship to Northview teachers.

The Slot family is teaming up with the Northview Education Foundation to award a $500 Officer Trevor P. Slot Book Lovers Grant to a Northview teacher.  The grant is meant for teachers who pass their passion for reading onto students. 

For an application to nominate a teacher, visit www.northvieweducationfoundation.org .  All applications should be submitted by November 22, 2013.

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.