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New smart phone app connects parents to child's school

New smart phone app connects parents to child's school

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—National Heritage Academies is offering a new smart phone app to connect parents to their child’s school work.

The app provides instant access to student grades, school news and meal balance accounts.  Parents can also contact their child’s teacher or search the school’s online carpooling database.  

“We are proud to offer this technology to our parents,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wykoff. “The app allows them to find information located on the school website, but eliminates the need to have an Internet connection.”

NHA operates 14 schools in West Michigan, including:  

Basketball game pits Kenowa Hills staff against police

Basketball game pits Kenowa Hills staff against police

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  School staff will take on a team of officers this Saturday, Feb. 1 as the Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games return to Kenowa Hills.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills administrators and teachers playing local law enforcement members.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.  The proceeds will benefit Kent County Sheriff Detective Aron Bowser who is currently awaiting a lung transplant.  

Renovations planned for Cummings Elementary

Renovations planned for Cummings Elementary

WALKER, Mich.—Cummings Elementary School is about to be transformed.

Grandville Public Schools is reinvesting in the school, adding secure entrances, innovating the inside, and changing the building’s façade and entry glass.  The school’s utilities will also be upgraded.  Debra Reese, the district’s assistant superintendent for business services, told the Walker Planning Commission earlier this month that the improvements are needed because the school has experienced more growth than it originally expected, and the building is aging.

Grandville Schools closed Riverbend Elementary School several years ago, consolidating classes at Cummings Elementary. 

The district hopes to begin renovations over spring break and finish all work before the start of the next school year.

Local superheroes kick off 2014 Relay For Life of Comstock Park

Local superheroes kick off 2014 Relay For Life of Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. - Calling all superheroes to help in the fight against cancer! 

The theme for this year's event is "Superheroes - Finishing the Fight Against Cancer".  Please join our epic crusade at the 2014 Relay For Life Kickoff at Comstock Park High School on Thursday, Jan.

West Catholic goes purple for games against Northview

West Catholic goes purple for games against Northview

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Catholic’s varsity basketball teams will be trading in their green for purple Friday as the school hosts its inaugural Purple Community basketball games.

The West Catholic boys' and girls' teams will take on Northview.  The girls will tip off first at 6 p.m.  The boys’ game begins at 7:30 p.m.  Both West Catholic teams will be wearing commemorative purple jerseys for the game that will be auctioned off to benefit biomedical research at the Van Andel Institute.  Students will also be selling purple t-shirts and hosting a glow stick ceremony to honor loved ones affected y cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

West Catholic High School is located at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. 

UPDATE: Plans for shuttered school approved

UPDATE: Plans for shuttered school approved

UPDATE (Thursday, Jan. 16)-- Walker Community Development Director Frank Wash says Feyen Zylstra has been given the green light to begin obtaining building permits to transform the former Fairview Elementary.

The planning commission approved the Grand Rapids' electrical contractor's final site plans Wednesday night.

Feyen Zylstra wants to transform the former Fairview Elementary into its corporate offices. The Grand Rapids firm plans to work with an architectural company to maintain the building’s historical design during the transformation.  Feyen Zylstra also plans to add a warehouse on the southeast corner of the property, located at 2396 Hillside Dr. NW.  

Wash says no community members showed up for Wednesday's public hearing about the proposed plan.

Public hearing Jan. 15 over plans for shuttered school

Public hearing Jan. 15 over plans for shuttered school

WALKER, Mich.—  An electrical contractor will present its final site plans Wednesday night for a shuttered school in Walker.

Feyen Zylstra wants to transform the former Fairview Elementary into its corporate offices. The Grand Rapids firm plans to work with an architectural company to maintain the building’s historical design during the transformation.  Feyen Zylstra also plans to add a warehouse on the southeast corner of the property, located at 2396 Hillside Dr. NW.  

A public hearing over the proposed project will take place during the planning commission meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. inside the Walker City Commission Chambers, 4243 Remembrance Road NW.