Children

Our Community's Children director retires, looks back on public service

by (Brett)

Submitted 01-14-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

After more than two decades as executive director for Our Community’s Children (OCC), Lynn Heemstra retired from her role Jan. 5, leaving behind a legacy of youth advocacy. OCC, a public-private partnership between the City of Grand Rapids,...

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THE SALVATION ARMY GROW PROGRAM CARING FOR ITS COMMUNITY

by (mroinila)

Submitted 05-14-2020 under NONPROFITS

Every family with children will have empathy for one another as the people of Michigan continue to follow the Stay-at-Home orders imposed by the State Government. With schools closed, along with almost all other establishments, families are running...

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What to expect during your child's wellness visit and how to prepare

by (metrohealth2019)

Submitted 07-26-2019 under NONPROFITS

Caitlin Mlynarek, DO, a pediatrician at Metro Health’s Hudsonville primary care office, explains what parents can expect during well-child visits and offers ways to ease children’s anxiety before appointments. Children grow quickly!...

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Does the Grand Rapids Police Officers Association contract promote police officer misconduct?

by (Lyonel LaGrone II)

Submitted 12-18-2018 under OPINION

A citizen-based analysis of the current state of police-community relations in the City of Grand Rapids has revealed a consistent narrative: there is a clear resistance from the GRPD to accept accountability.   The pattern in practice of GRPD...

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Center provides innovative senior, child care

by (Kent Innovation...)

Submitted 12-11-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Bethlehem Lutheran Church located in Heartside, a neighborhood in downtown Grand Rapids, is part of a new, innovative way to serve seniors and providing childcare. In 2017, this church started a senior support center called Bethlehem...

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Kids Summit alumni brainstorm with WMCAT direction for 2019 event

by (Erica Soto)

Submitted 10-30-2018 under OPINION

As Kids Summit coordinator for the past two years, I’ve had the awesome privilege to plan a day for our future leaders to learn, play, grow, and be in community with children of many different backgrounds. Coming into the third year of Kids...

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GRPS board approves moving special education programs to Kent ISD

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 08-07-2018 under NEWS

On Monday, August 6, 2018 Grand Rapids Board of Education voted to transfer center-based special needs programs administration over to the Kent Intermediate School District, or KISD. The vote was 7-1 with Dr. José Flores voting no. Over the last...

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Free "Kids at the Market" activities return to Downtown Market beginning June 27

by (Downtown Market GR)

Submitted 06-26-2018 under NONPROFITS

Beginning Wednesday, June 27, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market welcomes back its free “Kids at the Market” activities, engaging kids through crafts, science experiments, animals, fitness and more. Each Kids at the Market event is...

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Grand Rapids needs to address racism in lifeguarding

by (annadebraber)

Submitted 06-19-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

At Briggs Park a group of black neighborhood children gathers outside of the pool’s fence. It’s just days before they can jump into the refreshing blue and currently the staff is in the middle of a training session. At one point someone...

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New show 'Space School' coming to public museum's planetarium

by (Grand Rapids Pu...)

Submitted 05-15-2018 under NONPROFITS

A new show is coming to the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Chaffee Planetarium beginning Saturday, June 16, 2018. The show, Space School, features astronauts training underwater for working in space. The show will begin in conjunction with...

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