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Dictionaries impress 3rd Grade Students

Dictionaries impress 3rd Grade Students

Even in these days of digital everything, third graders still get excited over receiving a dictionary all their own.

Kinney Grange No. 754 has handed out more than 1000 dictionaries to Kenowa Hills third grade students since 1995.Granges across the nation raise money every year to buy dictionaries for these students and others.

Tracy  Horodysky, a teacher of 15 years at Zinser Elementary, says her students still love to read the dictionary. “They use it as a writer’s tool to help them with their stories,” she said. The dictionary is still one of the most powerful things a student can keep right on their desk.

One Grange member, Emma Dausman of Walker said, “It is fun just to see their expressions as the book becomes theirs,” when handing out the books.

Information gathered from the NW Advance Paper

West Catholic Student of the Week-Nick Coulson

West Catholic Student of the Week-Nick Coulson

Not every graduating senior can say they have accumulated more than 2000 volunteer hours but Nick Coulson has done just that in the past four years at West Catholic High School. A lot of his hours have been with the Civic Theatre where he was involved with 13 productions along with the West Catholic school theatre department, being in four productions.

Nick is also a member of Students for Life, the National Honor Society, Peer Ministry and a Eucharistic Minister.

Nick is working at GFS Marketplace and hopes to pursue a musical theatre career at a University next fall.

Reed Kamyszek Awarded Prestigeous Elite 89 Award

Reed Kamyszek Awarded Prestigeous Elite 89 Award

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Orange cross country redshirt junior Reed Kamyszek received the Elite 89 Award at the pre-NCAA Championship banquet on Thursday night in Terre Haute, Ind. Kamyszek received the award for being the best student-athlete in this year's field of runners, maintaining the highest cumulative grade point average of any participant in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Championship.
 
Kamyszek is currently a triple major in biochemistry, ethics and psychology as an academic senior at Syracuse University. Last spring he was named to the 2012-13 CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-America Third Team.
 

Grand Rapids company unveils plans for shuttered Walker school

Grand Rapids company unveils plans for shuttered Walker school

WALKER, Mich.—  There are new plans for a shuttered school in Walker.

Wednesday night, the Walker Planning Commission approved Feyen Zylstra LLC’s preliminary plans to transform the former Fairview Elementary into its corporate offices.  The Grand Rapids electrical contracting 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.  Community Development Director Frank Wash says Feyen Zylstra hopes to start construction sometime after January 1, 2014, as long as all zoning permits and the final site plan are approved by the city.

Fairview Elementary closed in 2010.

Walker Charter Academy student's journey to Eagle Scout leads to a gaga pit

Walker Charter Academy student's journey to Eagle Scout leads to a gaga pit

WALKER, Mich., Nov. 20, 2013 A teenager's  journey to earn the Boy Scout’s highest honor of Eagle Scout, has led to the creation of a new outdoor activity for his classmates at Walker Charter Academy.

Jacob Pointe, 14,  is an eighth grade student at Walker; he has attended the school since he was in kindergarten. One of the requirements to earning the Eagle Scout rank is to plan, develop and give leadership to a service project. Jacob decided he wanted to sponsor the creation of a gaga pit at his school.

“I wanted the middle school students to have something besides regular sport to do at recess that still promoted physical activity,” said Pointe.

The game involves dodging, running and jumping as students stand inside an octagonal pit and try to strike each other below the knees with a gaga ball. The last one standing wins.

'Laker Line' study will explore options to meet transportation demand between G.R. and GVSU

'Laker Line' study will explore options to meet transportation demand between G.R. and GVSU

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The RAPID transit agency will publicly launch the Laker Line Study to identify the top public transportation solution to connect downtown Grand Rapids, the West Side, Standale, and the main campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, the region’s largest educational institution.

The project kicks off with a series of public meetings on Thursday, November 21.

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized