The Rapidian


Area refugees work to overcome cultural barriers, challenges

Submitted 12-01-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

As local refugees work to help their children navigate the school system while navigating a new culture themselves, the West Michigan Education and Cultural Center provides education and liaison services as they build community in West Michigan.


Robots are here! Volunteers needed

Submitted 11-18-2015 under NONPROFITS

GRPS FIRST Robotics looking for volunteers


Public Library to host #RacisminGR discussion

Submitted 11-10-2015 under NEWS

On November 16 at 6:30 p.m., Partners for a Racism Free Community will be holding the fourth part of their #RacisminGR discussion series.


Election results yield victories for school bonds, elected officials

Submitted 11-04-2015 under NEWS

Voters in the area passed school bonding proposals in the Nov. 3 election, with one narrowly failing by 23 votes. The Democratic nominee for a Michigan House seat was selected, and several candidates were elected or reelected to office.


Upgrades on the line in school bonding proposals

Submitted 10-29-2015 under NEWS

Bonding proposals on the Nov. 3 ballot across Kent County will include the potential for infrastructure, security and technology upgrades in several districts.


GRPS Director of Communications explains major bond proposal up for vote on Tuesday, November 3

Submitted 10-27-2015 under NEWS

The $175 million dollar bond would renovate amd improve classrooms, buildings, and technology at local schools, says John Helmholdt, Executive Director of Communications & External Affairs at GRPS.


The Rapidian adds Advisory Council to support local writers

Submitted 10-27-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

As we continue to grow and support local voices, it's important that we make sure that we're providing our community reporters with everything they need to share their news and stories well. Our Advisory Council is an important piece in taking good care of our reporters.


#RacisminGR discussion to come to CRC Office of Race Relations

Submitted 10-17-2015 under NEWS

dThe third of a four part series discussing racism in the Grand Rapids community hosted by Partners for a Racism Free Community will be taking place at the CRC Denominational building on October 20.


Human library event aims to increase understanding, reduce prejudice

Submitted 10-13-2015 under NEWS

On October 17 at 10 a.m., the Grand Rapids Public Library be holding a "human library" event. At this event, people from diverse backgrounds act as "books" that can be checked out, so that people can ask about their experiences.


Food A'Faire to Benefit Downtown Market Education Foundation

Submitted 09-23-2015 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market will host its second annual Food A’Faire fundraiser to benefit the Education Foundation, a non-profit organization created to offer culinary and nutritional education, entrepreneur opportunities and a place for local food production.