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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: Hundreds of riders begin six-day journey across Michigan

My Town: Hundreds of riders begin six-day journey across Michigan

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to fill Michigan’s roads and schools starting this weekend as part of the Pedal Across Lower Michigan bicycle tour.

The six-day journey starts Saturday, June 21 and  takes riders down scenic backgrounds and through small cities, towns and villages.  Each participant will travel 35 to 65 miles per day and then spend the night at a school. The tour will take riders from Holland to Lexington.  On June 23, more than 700 riders will be riding through Greenville and staying at Greenville High School. 

For a link to more information, visit PALM’s 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 Greenville: Bree Town honored for inspirational battle against cancer

My Town Greenville: Bree Town honored for inspirational battle against cancer

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A 10-year-old girl whose battle with a rare form of cancer inspired a community is being honored by her school.

Just days before the end of the school year, Bree Town visited Baldwin Heights Tuesday to see her classmates and teachers.  During her visit, Bree was surprised with the Principal’s Award for inspiring others through her strength, perseverance and courage.

Bree has been battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia for two years.  Her cancer is now in remission after receiving a life-saving bone marrow transplant earlier this year.  It's unclear if she will be returning to class next fall.

My Town Greenville: Kinship care presentation June 4

My Town Greenville: Kinship care presentation June 4

GREENVILLE, Mich.—  Raising a child that shares your blood can be a challenge on its own- but what about bringing up children who are a relative or from a friend?

Guardians in this situation are encouraged to learn more about the services and support available to them during a Kinship Care Presentation Wednesday, June 4 at Greenville Public Schools’ Central Services Facility, 1414 Chase Road. The program is provided by Michigan State University’s School of Social Work and the Kinship Care Resource Center.  Participants will receive lunch and a resource guide.  To reserve a space, call (616) 754-1996.

My Town: Elementary school in need of clothing donations

My Town: Elementary school in need of clothing donations

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  Baldwin Heights Elementary School is in need of clothing donations for students.

The office is currently accepting used or new girl pants or leggings and boys and girls underwear, sizes 6-8.  Any donations are appreciated. 

Baldwin Heights Elementary is located at 821 West Oak Street in Greenville.  For more information, call (616) 754-3643.