education

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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LadyfestGR to hit city for third year

by (Whitney Pavlica)

Submitted 03-18-2014 under NEWS

LadyfestGR is excited for its third annual Ladyfest on Saturday March 22 from 12 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. throughout the Heartside neighborhood. LadyfestGR is a one day event of workshops and musical performances put on and led by exclusively female...

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New media project aims to elevate neighborhood voices

by (Community Media...)

Submitted 03-18-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Elevating Voices, an innovative new community media project, is coming to the neighborhoods of Grand Rapids. The project is headed by the Grand Rapids Community Media Center (CMC) and will teach nonprofits of all types and sizes how to create...

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