education

Beyond hunger relief: Congress Elementary uses gardening to get kids excited about healthy food

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 05-29-2014 under NONPROFITS

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank works with a network of 1,200 hunger-relief agencies across West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Many of those agencies and host sites do more than simply hand out food. Congress Elementary School in Grand...

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Building bridges, one conversation at a time

by (Community Liter...)

Submitted 05-20-2014 under NONPROFITS

Piloted in spring 2013, the Adult Tutoring Program Conversation Club of the Literacy Center of West Michigan provides a space for active and waiting learners in the program to practice their conversation skills. The club, which is also open to...

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Challenge Scholars: creating opportunity

by (chelsiewyse)

Submitted 05-05-2014 under VOICES

They say it takes a village to raise a child and in the eyes of Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Grand Rapids Public Schools, these words ring true. Benjamin Oliver, Challenge Scholars Advisor, and Meredith Fennema, PR & Marketing...

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Meet civic investor Ben Oliver: Investing in voice

by (chelsiewyse)

Submitted 04-18-2014 under VOICES

Prior to his move to Grand Rapids, civic investor Ben Oliver attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. “During my time there I was focused on getting good grades, developing my intellect and discovering myself and my personal...

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Meet civic investor Carol Lautenbach: Investing in education, investing in community

by (Holly)

Submitted 04-17-2014 under NONPROFITS

“When I was in college I thought I was going to be a journalist. That’s what I aspired to,” says Carol Lautenbach, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning, and Accountability at Godfrey-Lee Schools. “Even when my kids...

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Storytellers spin tales for elementary classrooms, public events

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 04-15-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Every month, a group of enthusiastic individuals gathers in Grand Rapids to spin yarns and tell tall tales. Story Spinners of Grand Rapids share personal stories, fables, historical narratives, personal mementos and everything in between. They have...

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Meet civic investor Erica VanEe: Investing in a place at the table

by (Holly)

Submitted 04-15-2014 under NONPROFITS

Erica Curry VanEe spent her early childhood moving from home to home, and it wasn’t until more recently that she developed a true sense of “place.”  “I was adopted so I moved around 10 times before I was even 10 years...

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Former First Lady to visit Grand Rapids to commemorate Betty Ford

by (Whitney Pavlica)

Submitted 04-03-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

On April 8, Rosalynn Carter will be visiting Grand Rapids for a luncheon titled “America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship.” At the luncheon, Carter will speak about her close, personal friendship with Betty Ford. Steve Ford...

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Harrison Report: Media Team tackles strict teachers, short recesses, visit with Governor Snyder

by (Harrison Park M...)

Submitted 03-26-2014 under NONPROFITS

Governor Snyder Visits Harrison Park  By Esmerelda Michigan Governor Rick Snyder came to visit Harrison Park School on Thursday, February 6. Because I was a member of Media Team, I was picked to meet Gov. Snyder. When I was told, I was excited...

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Reading with the Stars program encourages young readers

by (Community Liter...)

Submitted 03-21-2014 under NONPROFITS

Liz Aschwege has a passion for sharing her love of reading. Her program, Reading with the Stars, is a partnership between local college students and athletes and area elementary schools. Teams from Aquinas College, Grand Valley State University, and...

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