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New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

LANSING, Mich.--  A new class of Michigan State Police troopers is beginning work in West Michigan.

Graduates of the 125th Trooper Recruit School began reporting to their posts Monday.   The class graduated Friday.  Governor Rick Snyder delivered the keynote address during the ceremony.

“We’re so proud of the men and women devoting their careers to public safety,” Snyder said. “Today’s graduates will play a critical role in making our communities and neighborhoods safer for our families. Our Michigan State Police are an elite force. We thank our newest troopers for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to all Michiganders.”

Buy a ribbon, help a child battling cancer

Buy a ribbon, help a child battling cancer

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The battle against cancer reaches the cafeteria of Northview High School this week.

During lunchtime all this week, student leaders will be selling dedication ribbons.   Students can purchase a ribbon for $1 in honor of a loved one who has been affected by cancer.

All proceeds from the ribbon sales will go to Wigs 4 Kids, a Michigan based non-profit organization that provides custom fitted wigs for children and young adults with cancer or other diseases/disorders.

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.

Highlands Green Team's Toothbrush Swap starts October 2

Highlands Green Team's Toothbrush Swap starts October 2

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—October is National Dental Hygiene Month and a group of students from Northview Public Schools is offering a new toothbrush for every one you recycle.

From October 1 throughout the school year, the Highlands Green Team will be accepting old toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes/containers and empty floss containers.  Students can drop off their recyclables from 8 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 

The Toothbrush Swap is made possible by a grant from the Northview Education Foundation.

Chandler Woods students rewarded for hard work during summer

Chandler Woods students rewarded for hard work during summer

BELMONT, Mich.--Chandler Woods Charter Academy students reaped the rewards of their summer work on Friday, September 13, as they took advantage of some extra outside time.

Students who completed their summer learning packets were able to expend some energy inside a bounce house and on a bounce slide.

The school encourages students to complete their summer learning packets to help curb summer learning loss, a common problem among all school-aged students.

Chandler Woods Charter Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies, is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Chandler Woods Charter Academy reopens improved drive

Chandler Woods Charter Academy reopens improved drive

BELMONT, Mich.—Parents picking up students at Chandler Woods Charter Academy should notice some improvements this school year.

Tuesday morning, parents, staff and community members gathered to officially unveil and open the renovated school drive, located off Post Drive.  The school partnered with the Kent County Road Commission and Plainfield Township for the improvements.

Chandler Woods Charter Academy is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grades.   The school is located at 6895 Samrick Avenue in Belmont.

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.