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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies)—Every child will lose a portion of the academic growth they experienced this school year during the summer break; It’s called summer learning loss. The problem is becoming so apparent the National Summer Learning Association has designated Friday, June 20, Summer Learning Day.

“It is so easy for students to slip into a summertime routine that doesn’t involve reading, writing, or using their math skills,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wyckoff. “We are challenging our students to set aside time each day to devote to a book or write about a summer experience they have enjoyed. Summer should be fun and educational.”

Wyckoff has some tips to help parents curb the summer slide:

My Town Greenville: Students celebrate last day of school

My Town Greenville: Students celebrate last day of school

GREENVILLE, Mich.—It’s the day the students of Greenville Public Schools have been waiting months for: the last day of school.

The district had to push back the end of the school year this year due to the harsh winter weather.  Greenville and Ionia public schools are among the last districts to dismiss students for the summer, after accumulating too many snow days to meet the state’s minimum requirements for instructional hours.

Many other districts ended the school year on time, after Governor Snyder signed a law giving districts with more than 174 school days on their calendar additional snow day relief, provided they met the required 1,098 hours of yearly instruction.

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town Greenville: Free flights for children during Young Eagles Day June 14

My Town Greenville: Free flights for children during Young Eagles Day June 14

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  Thousands of children will climb into the cockpit and take flight next weekend for the EAA’s annual International Young Eagles Day.

The annual event started a decade ago, launching many kids’ interest in aviation. As part of International Young Eagles Day, the Greenville Area Aviation Association will take children ages 8-17 years old on a free flight after a short on-ground workshop, introducing them to the basics of flight.

The free flights will take place June 14, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Greenville Airport. Each child must have a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver form.  Flights are available on a first come, first served basis.  If inclement weather occurs, the flights will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 15.

My Town Belding: Vehicle stickers could make you a target for thieves

My Town Belding: Vehicle stickers could make you a target for thieves

BELDING, Mich.—What you stick on the back of your vehicle could make you a more popular target for thieves.

That’s according to a public service announcement posted on the City of Belding’s Facebook page.  Police say the decals naming schools, pets, families and the sports they participate in can make it easier can for thieves to piece together the daily schedules in a household, helping them figure out when is the best time to attack.

The image was created by Search and Rescue Ohio.