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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town Spring Lake: Free backpack distribution Aug. 27

My Town Spring Lake: Free backpack distribution Aug. 27

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Wednesday, Aug. 27.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at The Gate Way Church in Spring Lake, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. Wednesday's  event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. For additional information, call Diana Stubbs at (231) 733- 9672.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

WHITEHALL, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Thursday,  Aug. 14.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at Lebanon Lutheran Church, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. The event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. 

The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. Mission for Area People will hold two more distribution events at the following times:

My Town: Grand Haven Area Public Schools pleased with school report card from state

My Town: Grand Haven Area Public Schools pleased with school report card from state

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)-- Grand Haven Area Public Schools administrators are pleased with the results of the new data released by the Michigan Department of Education, which details the new Michigan School Accountability Scorecards for districts and schools, the school Top to Bottom rankings, and the list of Reward, Focus and Priority Schools.

"We always welcome feedback as to how our students are performing," GHAPS Superintendent Keith Konarska says. "This information helps to guide best instructional practices and continuous improvement."

Michigan School Accountability Scorecards

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

HOLLAND, MIch. – Writing as D.R. James, David James of the Hope College English faculty explores conflict in myriad forms and its aftermath in “Why War,” a chapbook of poetry published recently by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.

“’Why War’ has no question mark, and that is no minor matter, turning the title into something like a Zen koan,” said Fred Marchant, author of the collection's “The Looking House” and “Full Moon Boat.”  Marchant spoke at Hope in February 2012 through the college’s A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series.  “This poetry probes the ‘why war’ we instinctively wage with life.  We demand answers, crave reasons why, especially regarding undeserved suffering.  This collection arcs from the family legacies of war, through the painful dissolution of a marriage, and finally presents a speaker who is ‘beyond compliance, beyond resistance,’ the clarity of truly being in the present,” he explains.