special needs

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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Contentious GRPS school board meeting over special education, calls to remove superintendent

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-17-2018 under NEWS

A Grand Rapids Public Schools board meeting held on April 16, 2018 was a contentious meeting, preceded by a protest outside the administration buildings by special education advocates and ending in shouting and a call to the Grand Rapids Police...

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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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NPO Showcase: Family Hope Foundation

by (GRTV)

Submitted 06-30-2014 under NONPROFITS

INTERVIEW This segment of NPO Showcase features Family Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides resources, activities, support, and funding for therapy to families of children with special needs in West Michigan. Lara Kitts, Chair of...

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Catalyst Radio: Noorthoek Academy's family event Big Step Walk fundraiser is Saturday

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 05-09-2014 under NEWS

Don't have time to listen now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW In this episode of Catalyst Radio we feature the nonprofit Noorthoek Academy, and the May 10 fundraiser, Big Step Walk. Noorthoek Academy partners...

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Dreams and Wings touches down, soars in Grand Rapids

by (David V. Urban)

Submitted 09-13-2012 under NEWS

Jack Lewis had always been adventurous. As a teen growing up on a farm, he rode horses bareback. As a young man, he drove race cars.  Then the accident happened. In 1981 Lewis, then 37, was working under his jacked-up pickup truck. The truck...

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Arts In Motion Studio offers so much more than art

by (ArtsInMotionStudios)

Submitted 08-07-2012 under NONPROFITS

For many years, Delight Lester, her teaching staff and the students of Arts In Motion Studio have been a unique and inspiring part of the East Hills/Eastown arts community and beyond, performing at festivals and community and private events all over...

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Family Hope Foundation provides relief for Grand Rapids families

by (cgedeon)

Submitted 04-19-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

This is Keagan. He is four years old, loves sports and Spider-man and was born three months early against all odds. When he was about six months old, he started to show signs of physical disability: not holding his head up, not wanting to grasp or...

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