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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The back-to-school shopping season is here, and Macy’s is giving customers a charitable reason to open up their wallets.

The department store is holding its ninth annual “Shop For A Cause” event on Saturday, Aug. 23.  Customers who purchase a $5 shopping pass at any of Mel Trotter Ministries four thrift store locations can enjoy special discounts, entertainment and http://www.meltrotter.org exclusive events at the Macy’s in Grandville.  All proceeds from the pass sale will go to Mel Trotter.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Greenville: District moves weapon against summer brain drain

My Town Greenville: District moves weapon against summer brain drain

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  A little tool to help prevent summer brain drain has moved.

The Little Free Library at Baldwin Heights is now located in front of the building, just west of the main entrance.  The Little Free Library is open around the clock for people to borrow and donate family friendly books for reading.

Little Free Libraries is a grassroots initiative to push people to read more.  The program, which began at Baldwin Heights and Cedar Crest elementary schools, is being expanded to Walnut Hills and Lincoln Heights elementary schools. The effort is being led by several staff members from Greenville Public Schools.

My Town Greenville: Battling brain drain with books

My Town Greenville: Battling brain drain with books

GREENVILLE, Mich.—School is out but learning isn’t taking a break at Baldwin Heights Elementary School.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, the school library will be open for students to check out books.The library will be open during that same time every Tuesday throughout the summer. 

The district has also started a new Summer Mail Home Program, which allows students to pick books to be mailed to them throughout the summer to prevent summer reading loss.  More than 120 students are participating this summer. The district says it takes just six books to stop the academic summer slide.

My Town Greenville: Nominations being accepted for Greenville School Board

My Town Greenville: Nominations being accepted for Greenville School Board

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The Greenville Board of Education is accepting nominations for three members.

The terms for Janet Ralph, Norice Rasmussen and Jim VanderLaan will expire at the end of this year.  Each seat carries a six-year term with it, which begins Jan. 1, 2015.

Nominees must be qualified voters who live in the Greenville School District.  Board members are not paid.

Nominating petitions are available at:

  • Greenville Public Schools Central Services Facility- 1414 Chase Road, Greenville, Michigan
  • Montcalm County Clerk’s Office - 211 W. Main Street, Stanton, MI 48888

Petitions or a $100 filing fee must be submitted to the county clerk’s office by July 22 at 4 p.m.  The new board members will be selected during the general election Nov. 4.