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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

5K Run in Lamont, April 25, 2015

5K Run in Lamont, April 25, 2015

Lamont Christian School is hosting its’ 6th Annual “Lamont 5K River Run/Walk” on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This race will take place along Leonard St. in scenic Lamont, located between Allendale and Coopersville, MI.

This run has been endorsed by the Governor’s Council and is a fund raiser for the school. If you register by April 14th the cost is $20 and that includes a T-shirt. Little ones will have their chance to race also following the 5K race. There is no charge for this race, The Gator Gallop, for kids 8 years and younger.

Following the races, stroll into the school for a Pancake Breakfast that is Free for all registered runners but for fans, it’s by donation.

Print out a registration form at www.lamontcs.org or you may stop at the school office at 5260 Leonard Rd, Coopersville, MI  49404

My Town: Marco's Pizza offers free pizza for canned spinach March 26

My Town: Marco's Pizza offers free pizza for canned spinach March 26

WYOMING, Mich.—Clear out your cupboard, help hungry families and get a free pizza in return during National Spinach Day.

On Thursday, March 26, each patron who drops off a can of spinach at Marco’s Pizza can pick up a free medium Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza, complete with fresh baby spinach.  Marco’s Pizza will send all of the canned spinach donations to local food banks.  The offer is good for carry-out and dine-in orders at all Marco’s Pizza locations, including Spring Lake, Jenison and Wyoming.

“This was a successful community event for us last year and it’s a great way to share the love of spinach”, said Cathy Hull, chief marketing officer at Marco’s Pizza. “Together, we can support our communities by helping stock the shelves of our local food banks, while delighting our customers with the delicious flavor of our Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza.”

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host Lincoln in Illinois program March 26

My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host Lincoln in Illinois program March 26

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- On Thursday, March 26,  Tom Buettner will take Loutit District Library patrons back in time to Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln started out on his own.

Lincoln started his law practice in New Salem and raised his family in Springfield, where he was later laid to rest.

On April 15, the 150th Civil War Commemoration recognizes the death of Abraham Lincoln. His funeral train, which will be replicated, took the long journey back to Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery, carrying Lincoln and his son, little Willie.

There were many twists and turns in this latter event before Lincoln was finally laid to rest.

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.