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Belding senior among High School Heisman Award finalists

Belding senior among High School Heisman Award finalists

BELDING, Mich.—A Belding Area High School student is one step closer to winning Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Brian Daller is one of 20 Michigan high school seniors to move onto the competition’s next round as a state finalist.

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

LANSING, Mich.--  A new class of Michigan State Police troopers is beginning work in West Michigan.

Graduates of the 125th Trooper Recruit School began reporting to their posts Monday.   The class graduated Friday.  Governor Rick Snyder delivered the keynote address during the ceremony.

“We’re so proud of the men and women devoting their careers to public safety,” Snyder said. “Today’s graduates will play a critical role in making our communities and neighborhoods safer for our families. Our Michigan State Police are an elite force. We thank our newest troopers for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to all Michiganders.”

Greenville school ditches catalog sales for healthier fund-raising alternative

Greenville school ditches catalog sales for healthier fund-raising alternative

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A Greenville school is ditching the catalog sales again this year for a fundraiser that’ll keep students active.

The second annual Baldwin Heights Walk-A-Thon is Saturday, October 5.  Principal Michael Walsh says the fundraiser has a lot of benefits- it promotes health and wellness and the school gets all of the proceeds instead of paying a portion toward catalog items some families will never use. Walsh says last year, Baldwin Heights Elementary raised $19,000 during its inaugural Walk-A-Thon.  That was nearly double what the school made the previous year through year-round catalog sales.

Baldwin Heights Elementary is the only school in the district that does not rely on catalog sales to raise funds. 

The Walk-A-Thon runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Baldwin Heights Elementary expands programs in light of Common Core Standards

Baldwin Heights Elementary expands programs in light of Common Core Standards

GREENVILLE, Mich.—  Baldwin Heights Elementary School is expanding some of its successful programs, as Michigan’s Common Core Standards take effect.

Nearly three dozen people filled the Baldwin Heights Elementary Media Center this past Wednesday morning to discuss ways to improve student achievement.  Principal Michael Walsh says the parents, which included two former teachers, contributed a great deal during the meeting.

The group discussed different initiatives, including expanding the school’s workshop format to more classrooms.  Walsh says the workshop format allows for a more interactive, diverse and student-centered approach to education, which is encouraged by Common Core State Standards.

First school improvement meeting set for September 25

First school improvement meeting set for September 25

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Baldwin Heights Elementary School will hold the first in a series of school improvement meetings Wednesday, September 25.

Each 45 minute session begins at 8 a.m. inside Baldwin Heights Elementary Media Center. If you plan to attend, please call the principal in advance at (616) 754-3643 so staff can ensure enough materials are available at the meeting.

Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The season is over for the West Michigan Whitecaps, but the games will continue on at Fifth Third Ballpark this fall.

According to the ballpark’s Facebook page, the Whitecaps grounds crew began removing the pitcher’s mound Tuesday, September 10 to prepare the grounds for the high school football game the ballpark hosts each year. 

Forest Hills Northern will take on Greenville in this year’s game, which will take place October 11.

Little Free Libraries program expanding in Greenville

Little Free Libraries program expanding in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A literacy program finding success at two Greenville schools is expanding.

Little Free Libraries is a grassroots initiative to push people to read more.  The program, which is available at Baldwin Heights and Cedar Crest elementary schools, allows visitors to borrow a book from a mailbox-type receptacle at no cost.

The district says additional Little Free Libraries are already in the works for Walnut Hills and Lincoln Heights elementary schools, and the program may expand to local businesses in the near future.  The effort is being led by several staff members from Greenville Public Schools.