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My Town Walker: Students duct tape principal and gym teacher to a pole

My Town Walker: Students duct tape principal and gym teacher to a pole

WALKER, Mich.---  Students at Walker Charter Academy celebrated a fund-raising success this month with the help of many rolls of duct tape.

The school raised $13,632.20 for the American Heart Association during its “Jump Rope for Heart” and “Hoops for Heart” events.  On Thursday, April 3, every student that raised at least $50 got to duct tape the Walker Charter Academy's principal and gym teacher to the school’s basketball poles. Students also handed over a check to the American Heart Association for the fundraisers.

On average, Walker Charter Academy raises $10,000 for the American Heart Association during the events, making it one of the top 100 fundraising schools in the nation for these events.

A special Easter dessert - Strawberry Pie

A special Easter dessert - Strawberry Pie

I promised to publish a recipe a couple times a month on My Town but I think I overlooked it this past weekend, so here is a great suggestion for a pretty and delicious dessert for your Easter Dinner. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.   Kal

FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE

  • 4 cups strawberries, washed & sliced
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 oz. strawberry gelatin
  • 9” baked pie crust

Wash berries and let dry on paper towels. Quarter or slice berries into a bowl.

Put the water, sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Stir continually over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Boil until the mixture is clear and thick, approx. 2 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the gelatin and stir until it is dissolved.

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich.—A music tour aimed at preventing bullying among teenagers is making its rounds in West Michigan.

The Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour kicked off Monday morning at Sparta High School.  The 90-minute performances feature young Top 40 recording artists who are also speaking out against bullying.  This tour’s headliners include  former ‘X Factor’ contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, Texas.  Additional guest performers include Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois, Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, 18, of Smithville, Virginia; and Branden Mendoza, 20, of New Carney, Texas.

The school concert assembly schedule is as follows:

My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

KALAMAZOO, MIch.-- On Thursday, April 3, students at Paramount Charter Academy had the opportunity to duct tape their principal to the gymnasium wall.

The students have been logging their reading hours throughout March for a chance to duct tape their principal or dean as a reading reward. For each book read, the students earned a duct tape raffle ticket. The top reader in each wing got to choose who they wanted to duct tape to the wall.

The event is a way to celebrate the end of a successful March is Reading Month.

Paramount Charter Academy, located in Kalamazoo, is a free public charter school serving students in young 5s through eighth grade.

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My Town Walker: Volunteers needed for invasive plant culling April 12

My Town Walker: Volunteers needed for invasive plant culling April 12

WALKER, Mich.—Community members are invited to help cull an invasive species at the Blandford Nature Center on April 12.

Glossy Buckthorn is an ornamental plant that has taken over, polluting waterways and preventing frog development.  During an Eco-stewardship Service Day, Blandford Nature Center will teach volunteers how to identify non-native shrubs and trees like buckthorn, before sending them out to cut and treat these unwanted invaders.

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  Participants are asked to come prepared to work off the trail, with warm clothes and study shoes that can get dirty.  For more information, visit the Blandford Nature Center website.

Roll the Dice and Beat the Odds Against Cancer!

Roll the Dice and Beat the Odds Against Cancer!

The Comstock Park High School Captain America Team is hosting a Bunco Blast as a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Comstock Park on Thursday, May 1, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is joining a nationwide campaign to pull 300,000 pounds of garlic mustard this spring.

The Stewardship Network Garlic Mustard Pull will be April 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Volunteers are invited to come to Blandford and do their part.

Participants should meet in the green learning lab, located across the parking lot from the main visitor center.  Blandford workers will first share information about identifying Garlic Mustard and other invasive plants before heading into the forest to start pulling the leafy invader.

 Volunteers should come dressed in warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty.  This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.