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School Zone Software Helps Motor Impaired Students

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — For years, Jessica von Behren’s 6-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, watched with envy as her older brother passed countless hours playing computer games in the family’s home.

Elizabeth’s fine motor skills are delayed. Clicking, scrolling and dragging a mouse through traditional computer games is too difficult for the eager student.

Fortunately, Elizabeth’s dream of playing computer games has become a reality, thanks to School Zone Publishing Company

School Zone specifically programs its software with “sticky mouse” action, an alternative to “drag and drop,” so the mouse isn’t the challenge for children—the focus is on educational development.

For Elizabeth, whose disability makes it difficult to tie shoes, School Zone’s software is a breeze.

IA Today Fall Series Events

IA Today Fall Series Events

IA TODAY is a three-part community forum about how God has worked in and through our ministry. Join us at our headquarters (17011 Hickory, Spring Lake, MI 49456) for dessert and discussion at one, two or all three of IA TODAY's themed evenings:

Loutit District Library to host program on improving confidence to persuade

Loutit District Library to host program on improving confidence to persuade

GRAND HAVEN -- Learn strategies for improving communication and leadership skills which are necessary to improve confidence and achieve goals.

Whether a job seeker, college student, stay-at-home mom, small business owner or CEO, join in for this free program led by Changing Directions, Bobbie Twa, on Tuesday, October 4 at the Loutit District Library’s Program Room A from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m..

Toastmaster members will also be available to discuss ways to improve your confidence to persuade and lead others.

For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214.

Social Media Workshop Returns for the 2011 – 2012 Year

Social Media Workshop Returns for the 2011 – 2012 Year

Starting its third year, Social Media Workshop will begin on Friday, October 7th with a session on Blogging presented by Chad Huntley of Element Design. 

Formally known as 2E Network, Social Media Workshop is a monthly gathering to educate the business community on the constantly growing and changing form of communication, public image, and marketing tool known as social media.  Topics and presenters vary every month, while the general focus of social media remains constant.  The workshops are coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg and held on the first Friday of the month from October through June at 7:30 am.

Megan Bell Hired as Director of Saint Mary's Preschool

Megan Bell Hired as Director of Saint Mary's Preschool

SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 21, 2011―Megan Ann Bell has been hired as the new Preschool director at Saint Mary’s Parish School, located at 421 east Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

In her new position, she will teach children in the afternoon “young five’s” program at Saint Mary’s and oversee a staff of five teachers and classroom aides in Saint Mary’s Parish School’s “three-year-old,”  “four-year-old” and “young five’s connect” programs, plus in the “extension” child-care program.

Bell graduated in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree and teaching certificate in early elementary education from Western Michigan University. She also earned endorsements in early childhood education and language arts.

Before joining Saint Mary’s Parish, Bell worked in the Great Start Readiness program at Ferry Elementary School, based in Grand Haven.  While employed there, she taught four-year-old children.

Haiti Missionary Tom Braak Begins Speaking Engagements Outlining Strides Made in Haiti

Haiti Missionary Tom Braak Begins Speaking Engagements Outlining Strides Made in Haiti

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., July 20, 2011—When Haiti missionary Tom Braak returns to west Michigan for a series of speaking engagements from late July to early September, he will not be discussing the devastation of Haiti but rather the strides made in water purification, sustainable development programs and ministering to Haiti’s poor through the organization he founded in 1997 known as Faith in Action International.

On July 31, Braak will serve as guest speaker during the sermon time of worship around 10:15 a.m. at Temple United Methodist Church, 2500 Jefferson Street in Muskegon Heights.  That same evening, he will be a guest speaker during the “Worship on the Waterfront” (W.O.W.) service in Grand Haven at 7:30 p.m. at Chinook Pier.

First Reformed Church Selects Faith in Action International To Help With Feeding Program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., July 2, 2011 – The plight of the world’s poorest has been increasingly on the heart of First Reformed Church. 

Many of the teachings in the past year have focused on God’s clear and uncompromising call for His Church to come to the aid of those in need.  Members of First Reformed Church also recently read the book, The Hole In Our Gospel as a congregation which deeply impacted many about how they could make a difference in the world. 

The church responded with a special challenge to work for free for one day and give that days’ wages toward building two schools in Africa through Samaritan’s Purse.  The whole church responded and enough money was given to build the schools as well as a church in Bolivia.  Now they are tackling the hunger crisis in Haiti.