Volunteer reading tutors help GRPS students improve reading proficiency, prepare for future success

by (GRTV)

Submitted 11-16-2016 under NONPROFITS

High school graduation is a powerful predictor of a student's future success, and research shows that students who don't read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma. This week...

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WMCAT teens dedicate new mural in Burton Heights

by (wmcat)

Submitted 10-27-2016 under NONPROFITS

House of Style is a decades-old, family-owned business in the Burton Heights Business District of Grand Rapids. Despite its long-standing reputation as an anchor business in their neighborhood, owner Debra Reece saw a need to increase visibility....

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The big picture: When you teach your kids racism, they will perform

by (balexander)

Submitted 09-13-2016 under OPINION

This past weekend I found myself at a conference in New York City discussing economic mobility for young people and scratching my head at the rhetoric being pushed by presenters and how conference planners seemingly erased the fact that disparity...

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Free meals for Grand Rapids' youth this summer

by (KidsFoodBasket)

Submitted 06-14-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Hunger and food insecurity don’t take a summer vacation. Healthy kids who are successful in the classroom need good nutrition, and they need it year round. National benchmarks suggest that 40 percent of kids who regularly eat free or reduced...

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Creative Youth Center to launch fifth edition of yearly young authors' anthology

by (Grand Rapids Cr...)

Submitted 05-06-2016 under NONPROFITS

Fans of Creative Youth Center (CYC) young authors will find it hard to believe that the fifth edition of their yearly anthology is already skimming off the press. In a few short weeks, Bloom Cherry Bloom Tree: The Book of Explosions V will...

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Catalyst Radio: Breaking down barriers and creating unique learning opportunities at WMCAT

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 02-29-2016 under NEWS

Don't have time to listen now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   In this interview, host Jessica Young is in the studio with Mike Saunders -- movie producer, DJ, and teaching artist at WMCAT -- talking about how he...

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Westside school to host lasagna dinner to raise funds for camp

by (KatieBEitzen)

Submitted 02-16-2016 under NEWS

Shawmut Hills School fifth graders are hosting their 5th Annual Lasagna Dinner on Friday, February 19 to support their 5th Grade Camp Fund.  The students are working to raise $4500 to get all of them to Camp Manitou-Lin this coming April....

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Parent driven advocacy organization works with GRPS to ensure students' needs are being met


Submitted 02-05-2016 under NONPROFITS

It started with a Facebook post. And another. And then another. Parents at Lincoln Developmental Center, a Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) school that serves students with the most complex special needs throughout Kent County, were being notified...

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Young writers at Harrison Park Elementary to share community stories on The Rapidian

by (Harrison Park M...)

Submitted 12-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

Harrison Park Media Team reporters interviewed themselves for their first article on The Rapidian. The students have been writing for their school newspaper since September and are now writing for the broader Grand Rapids community. The Media Team...

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Robots are here! Volunteers needed

by (wmcat)

Submitted 11-18-2015 under NONPROFITS

In Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) students are building robots, competing and winning. Robotics goes way beyond science fiction today and has become an integral part of developing strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills...

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