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My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

Buggy driver injured, horse killed in crash in Montcalm Co.


MONTCALM TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A Greenville man was seriously injured and a horse was killed in a crash Thursday morning in Montcalm County.

The crash between the pickup truck and the horse and buggy happened at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday on Fitzner Road between Spencer Road and Pakes Road in Montcalm Township.

The initial investigation shows that the Amish horse and buggy driven by 27-year-old Andrew Miller was southbound on Fitzner when it swerved into the path of a northbound pickup truck. Miller was taken to United Memorial Hospital and then flown to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids by AeroMed. His condition is not known. The horse died from the crash. The driver of the pickup truck, 54-year-old Del Ray Christensen of Greenville, was not hurt. However, his truck was severely damaged.

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

As parents across Michigan register their five year olds for kindergarten, many may wonder if virtual learning is the right solution for their child. Others may believe kindergarten is too young for virtual learning. Before deciding, parents are encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up session hosted by Michigan Connections Academy. Experts in virtual learning will be on hand to provide critical insight on this 21st century learning alternative.  

Michigan Connections Academy offers a complete online learning experience from home for students in grades K-12 that combines a high quality education, flexible scheduling, Michigan-certified teachers and an innovative, award-winning curriculum. 

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: Huntington bank expands to Meijer stores

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A new bank is moving into Meijer stores across the area.

Huntington Bank is partnering with the retailer to open 43 branches within Meijer stores, a dozen of which are in the greater Grand Rapids area.  The bank says the deal will create 250 jobs within the state and make Huntington the third largest bank branch network in the state.  Huntington says the partnership will bring its company workforce up to 2,300 people.

The announcement comes months after Chase began notifying customers it is closing its Meijer store branches.  A spokesman for Meijer told WZZM 13 “circumstances have changed and we mutually agreed to end the relationship.”

Huntington’s new Meijer branch locations will include Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Ionia, Jenison, Lowell, Muskegon, Portage, and Wyoming.

My Town: Michigan FFA President to celebrate National Ag Day in Washington, D.C.

My Town: Michigan FFA President to celebrate National Ag Day in Washington, D.C.

BELDING, Mich.—  The Michigan president of Future Farmers of America will celebrate National Ag Day this week in our nation’s capitol.

Belding native Alexandria Schut will join Ethan Haywood of Hastings in visiting congressional leaders during the 42nd annual event.  National Ag Day is aimed at raising awareness about the important role American agriculture plays, from how food is produced to agriculture’s vital role in a strong economy.   Producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government agencies are expected to take part in the event in classrooms and communities nationwide.

"Agriculture plays a key role in all of our everyday lives," said Kent Schescke, director of government and nonprofit relations for the National FFA Organization. "FFA is pleased that we can play a role in helping others know the importance of agriculture, especially during the National Ag Day program."