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Wanna be arrested? Visit Cedar Springs next weekend!

Greenville Danes looking to be “arrested” in Cedar Springs over the weekend can forego wearing red for the 71st annual Red Flannel Festival. The “Keystone Kops” who drive around their famous antique fire truck will toss away just about anyone not wearing red (or sometimes for wearing too much) on Red Flannel Day, October 2. It's all in good fun, as many returning festival-goers are aware, visitors are tossed in an outdoor jail until they pay the $1 bail money and receive a souvenir button boasting their survival.

“Ringing in the Fun… at 71!” is the theme to this year’s festival, which kicked off yesterday with activities such as the Red Flannel Bed Races, a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, 5K run and more. Tinsley Nulph was crowned the new Red Flannel Queen on Saturday, September 25 at the Kent Theatre. The annual Chili Cook-off warmed up area residents on a perfectly chili fall day at the Cedar Pub.

BAS - Success of School Breakfast Challenge Helps Students Better Prepare To Learn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

What once was a desperately underutilized program now is providing vital morning nutrition to over 68,000 more school children across Michigan.
 
The Michigan School Breakfast Challenge, launched by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan two years ago, has been a resounding success in providing nearly 12 million more school breakfasts during that time.
 
“So many local school districts stepped up in a way that will have a long-lasting impact on their students and their communities,” Flanagan said.

Greenville Athletic Boosters Car Wash Fundraiser - September 30th

From: http://www.greenvilleboosters.com/

On September 30, 2010 all 3 Joymar Car Wash locations will be donating $2.00 from every car wash to support the Greenville Athletic Boosters.  Locally they can be found at the Greenville Carwash on 725 North Lafayette. Their locations on 28th Street in Cascade and Baldwin Street location in Jenison will also honor this offer on September 30th.

YOU MUST BRING A COPY OF THIS COUPON WITH YOU IN ORDER FOR THE GREENVILLE BOOSTERS TO GET CREDIT FOR YOUR WASH.

GPS - Back to School Advice

From: http://www.greenville.k12.mi.us

Here are a few steps that parents can take to help smooth the transition back to school:

1. Before buying back-to-school clothing, check the school’s dress code to ensure that your child will be in compliance (see the
enclosed flyer).

2. If it’s a transition year for your child from middle school to high school or if your child is new to the district, visit the school
to familiarize them with the building.

3. Many new high school students are anxious about their ability to master the combination lock on their locker. When you
visit the school, have your child practice unlocking their locker.

4. If your child participates in sports, make sure that they have had a recent physical exam (after April 15, 2010), and that the
proper forms have been completed and returned to the school.

Changes create opportunities

From: http://www.greenville.k12.mi.us

New talent compensates for loss of expertise
By Peter Haines, Superintendent

Prominent in the news this spring was an announcement that the Michigan Legislature had approved significant changes to the Michigan Public Schools Employee Retirement System (MPSERS). These changes provided temporary incentives to those teachers, administrators, and support staff members who were eligible to retire, to do so. While these changes were not without warning, they did cause many dedicated Greenville staff members to act quickly.

CASA Yard Sale

From: http://www.greenvillechamber.net

The Montcalm Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program will be having a benefit yard sale on Thursday & Friday, September 9 &10 to raise funds for the program. The yard sale will be held at Camp Wah Wah Tay See in Greenville at 825 W. South Street from 9:00 a.m. ? 4:00 p.m. both days. The CASA program provides trained volunteers to be the voice for abused and neglected children in the juvenile justice system by providing advocacy for their needs and ensuring a permanent home. For more information, contact Montcalm CASA Program Coordinator Kristi Jeffrey at (989) 831-3561 or kristij@8cap.org.

Date: September 9, 2010 - September 10, 2010
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
http://www.eightcap.org