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My Town Walker: Students to duct tape principal to a pole

My Town Walker: Students to duct tape principal to a pole

WALKER, Mich.---  Students at Walker Charter Academy are getting ready to break out the rolls of duct tape, to celebrate a fund-raising success.

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 will get to duct tape the school’s principal and physical education teacher to the school’s basketball poles. Walker Charter Academy will also hand 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.

Kenowa Hills Schools-Calling all new Kindergarten Parents

Kenowa Hills Schools-Calling all new Kindergarten Parents

Kenowa Hills Public Schools is calling new kindergarten parents to a district-wide, 2014-2015 school year meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 25th or Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00pm at the Kenowa Hills Central Elementary Café, located at 4252 Three Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534. Kindergarten orientation will be held for students on May 5th.

Registration information, details about building level kindergarten orientation and general information about the kindergarten experience will be discussed. Gerald Hopkins, Mike Burde and all elementary principals will be available to share information and answer questions.

There are new age requirements for the new school year for kindergarten students. All children must be 5 years of age on or before October 1, 2014 to enroll in kindergarten.

Allie Royce, Student of the Week at W. Catholic

Allie Royce, Student of the Week at W. Catholic

Allie Royce, a senior at West Catholic High School, is looking forward to school next fall at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Besides working her part time job at Gus's Original Restaurant, Allie has been busy being a peer minister, has been on the swim team for 3 years and will be competing on the tennis team for her second year. She has been a member of Students for Life for 3 years also and one of her favorite memories has been participating in the March for Life in Washington, DC each year.

Good Luck at college Allie.

 

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

Jessie McCartney, Student of the Week at West Catholic

Jessie McCartney, Student of the Week at West Catholic

Jessie McCartney; she has done it all during her high school days and will be going on next fall to pursue a career in elementary education.

Jessie, a senior at West Catholic, just returned from her 3rd March for Life in Washington, DC. She has been a busy gal in her four years in high school. She played tennis all four years, is a peer minister, a member of the National Honor Society, belongs to Women’s Leadership Group and on the yearbook staff.

Last summer she volunteered to go to Baltimore, MD on a mission trip for various community projects and worked at a homeless shelter. In her spare time, she tutors students at West Catholic and is involved with a youth group at St. Anthony’s, her families’ home parish. She was also Homecoming Queen one year.

Jessie certainly sounds like someone who will succeed at whatever career she chooses. We wish her well.

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A newly-renovated Applebee’s restaurant celebrated its grand re-opening Tuesday, Feb. 18 by helping hungry children.

During the ribbon cutting event, the restaurant located at 1825 E. Sherman Blvd. presented a check for $5,573.22 to Kids' Food Basket.  The donation marks nearly $35,000 Team Schostak Family Restaurants has donated to non-profit organizations throughout West Michigan.

“We’re so excited to be here on the lakeshore now and we’re serving two schools- almost 600 students a day,” says Kids’ Food Basket Executive Director Bridget Clark-Whitney. “This kind of donation is going to provide over 5,500 meals to kids right here in the community. Every dollar means a meal and every meal means a time that a child isn’t going to bed hungry and that child is able to get up, go to school and learn right here in Muskegon County.”