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Federal student aid filing tips at Spring Lake District Library

Federal student aid filing tips at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Do you know when your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms are due?

 Students and parents are invited to attend a free presentation about how to successfully complete FAFSA forms on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library. Staff from the financial aid office at Grand Valley State University will share information about filing deadlines, which documents are needed to complete FAFSA forms, types of financial aid that are available, how to determine eligibility for need based aid, and how to avoid scams. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions.

For more information about this program, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools named Academic State Champ

Grand Haven Area Public Schools named Academic State Champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Bridge Magazine has again named Grand Haven Area Public Schools an Academic State Champ, placing in the top 10 percent of all Michigan school districts.

Bridge uses a value-added ranking system which measures a school's test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement. Essentially, Bridge's Academic State Champs are recognized for over-achievement, rather than achievement.

"What is great about this recognition is that it takes into consideration our student demographics, which demonstrate our students are outperforming their peers in other school districts," adds Mary Jane Evink, GHAPS curriculum director. "This is also a reflection of our district's intentional focus to close the achievement gap. Through programs such as the Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS), our staff meets the needs of students who require extra help. In this way we leverage our resources to ensure success for all."

Best-selling Grand Rapids author visits Loutit District Library Jan. 30

Best-selling Grand Rapids author visits Loutit District Library Jan. 30

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Grand Rapids  author Aric Davis will discuss his latest novel, "The Fort" at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Jan. 30.

"The Fort" is currently among the top 10 best-selling books in the Amazon Kindle store. Sales of "The Fort" have made Davis one of the top 25 best-selling authors on Amazon.

The Bookman will have copies to purchase and Davis will be available to sign them following the program, which will begin at 7 p.m. in LDL's program room A.

Davis’s other works include: "Rough Men", "Breaking Point", "A Good and Useful Hurt" and "Nickel Plated".   

Born in Ithaca, New York, Davis has lived most his life in Grand Rapids. A punk-music and tattoo aficionado, Davis has been a professional body piercer for 17 years. Because of his success, Davis has been able to devote himself fully to writing, quitting his job at a tattoo and piercing business.

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

 

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

Grand Haven Winterfest on January 23-26

Grand Haven Winterfest on January 23-26

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.--Grand Haven will filled with winter fun as Winterfest returns Jan. 23-26.

This annual winter festival began in 1979, giving the public a way to reenergize during the long and cold winter months, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for everyone.

There’s family fun, from Thursday evening's Glow-Bowl at Mulligan’s Hollow,  to Sunday's Shiver in the River benefitting the Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity.

For more information, call (616)296-0823 or visit www.winterfestmi.org.

Loutit District Library presents History Channel's "The Men Who Built America"

Loutit District Library presents History Channel's "The Men Who Built America"

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan rose from obscurity and in the process built modern America.

Their names hang on street signs, are etched into buildings and are a part of the fabric of history. These men created the American dream and were the engine of capitalism as they transformed everything they touched in building the oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobile and finance industries.

To learn how these men influenced America, the public is invited to the Loutit District Library (LDL) for four consecutive evenings beginning Monday, Jan. 20 and concluding Thursday, Jan. 23 to view the History Channel TV series The Men Who Built America. Two episodes of the series will show each night.