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My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies)—Every child will lose a portion of the academic growth they experienced this school year during the summer break; It’s called summer learning loss. The problem is becoming so apparent the National Summer Learning Association has designated Friday, June 20, Summer Learning Day.

“It is so easy for students to slip into a summertime routine that doesn’t involve reading, writing, or using their math skills,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wyckoff. “We are challenging our students to set aside time each day to devote to a book or write about a summer experience they have enjoyed. Summer should be fun and educational.”

Wyckoff has some tips to help parents curb the summer slide:

My Town EGR: Michigan Works office relocating to high school

My Town EGR: Michigan Works office relocating to high school

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Job hunters in Grand Haven will soon have to head to Central High School for help.

The Ottawa County Michigan Works Service Center is moving from its current site at the D&W Shopping Plaza into a new office at the high school, located at 106 S. 6th Street.  Customers can enter from Clinton Avenue.

Michigan Works is relocating because the improving economy means less demand for its services.  The move is also part of a new partnership with the school district, streamlining operational costs while providing an opportunity to better collaborate with education agencies.   The satellite office is also much closer to downtown Grand Haven.

My Town Grand Haven: Boot Camp fundraiser 'a great success'

My Town Grand Haven: Boot Camp fundraiser 'a great success'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  Organizers of the Robinson Elementary Health Week and Boot Camp fundraiser now say participants raised more than $6,000 for materials, programs and activities for the school.

We had about 360 kids run the course the day of boot camp, 50 volunteers, 65 kids pledged to "unplug" for the week, over 60 sponsors and we raised over $6000!!!  It was a great success and the kids had a blast!!.

Organized by the school PTA, the May 9 event was the culmination of a week of activities at the school, in partnership with the NFL Play 60 team and North Ottawa Medical Group.  

My Town Grand Haven: Hundreds of students take part in boot camp fundraiser

My Town Grand Haven: Hundreds of students take part in boot camp fundraiser

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  Organizers are getting ready to count up pledges from the Robinson Elementary Health Week and Boot Camp fundraiser.

Organized by the school PTA, the Friday event was the culmination of a week of activities at the school, in partnership with the NFL Play 60 team and North Ottawa Medical Group.  Organizers say Matt Wilbur, owner of Grand Haven Fit Body Boot Camp, helped all of the children warm up before they started the course.  Approximately 360 children from preschool to fourth grade ran, skipped and jumped through a variety of obstacles.  At the finish line, they were greeted by a military dad who handed out military-like dog tags, paid for by the Ottawa Animal Hospital, as well as goodie bags. Other sponsors include Midge Verplank, Kangaroo Palace, Hall Family Chiropractic, Katrina Van HoutenIncome Tax Service, Mercy Health Partners- Lakeshore Family Care and Buffalo Wild Wings.

My Town Grand Haven: Teachers pull undiscovered talent from GHHS students

My Town Grand Haven: Teachers pull undiscovered talent from GHHS students

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- C2C Gallery, Julie Sanford Designs, and the Creative Fringe hosted the 3rd Annual GHHS Ceramic and Jewelry Show on Friday, May 2.

Many local families came in to see the students’ work.  More than 20 ceramic forms and five jewelry creations were selected for this exhibit.  The show will remain on display through the third week in May. 

Cyndi Casemier, owner of C2C Gallery, and Sheri Greene, GHHS Ceramics Instructor select the student artwork.  They spend several hours looking at the work, discussing it, and looking some more.  It is always a difficult selection.   

My Town: Students improve community during Junior Day of Caring

My Town: Students improve community during Junior Day of Caring

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Dozens of parks and local organizations are a lot cleaner, thanks to the hard work of nearly 1,000 middle school student volunteers.

On May 2, eighth grade students from Lakeshore Middle School spent the morning volunteering at 30 local nonprofit organizations and parks, cleaning, landscaping organizing and sorting.  Other students spent time painting nails and playing games with the elderly, as part of the Greater Ottawa County United Way’s Junior Day of Caring.

Sixth grade students from White Pines Middle School did their part late last month, clearing invasive plants and picking up garbage at Ottawa County parks.  Overall, the students donated 1,950 hours of their time.

"It is incredible to see these kids working together to make a difference. This event has a powerful impact on our community and on the students themselves," said Shannon Morton, United Way’s director of volunteerism.