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Humane Society of West Michigan Experiences Record Breaking Attendance at Fundraiser

Humane Society of West Michigan Experiences Record Breaking Attendance at Fundraiser

Recently, Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) celebrated record breaking attendance at their annual Paws, Claws & Corks fundraiser, an event featuring fine wines and microbrews, tastes of Grand Rapids’ best restaurants and both live and silent auctions. More than 850 animal lovers attended the event at DeVos Place in Downtown Grand Rapids, helping HSWM exceed $200,000 in donations.

Every year, HSWM places thousands of animals into forever homes. The recent donations will enable HSWM to continue to promote the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in the communities the organization is privileged to serve.

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West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Luncheon to Pay Tribute to United Sates Military Members

Students from across West Michigan are joining area business leaders to celebrate local members of the Armed Forces – past, present and future – during the 2nd Annual West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, May 5th. Military members will be in attendance for this event aimed at strengthening awareness and dialogue on the contributions our military personnel have made and continue to make on behalf of their families, their friends and their country.

NorthPointe Christian Middle School to Launch Continuing Spanish Immersion Program

NorthPointe Christian Middle School to Launch Continuing Spanish Immersion Program

NorthPointe Christian Schools is pleased to announce the opening of enrollment for its secondary continuing Spanish immersion program in 2017-2018. Believing that students deserve the opportunity to continue to build upon their language skills, NorthPointe Christian School will provide Spanish immersion students with approximately half of their instructional time in the immersion language. The amount of time offered in the immersion language at the secondary level is unique in the Grand Rapids area, and aligns with leading research in the field of dual language immersion education. 

 

NorthPointe Christian Senior Advances to National Merit Finalist

NorthPointe Christian Senior Advances to National Merit Finalist

NorthPointe Christian High School senior Ryan Fleethman has advanced to finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
 

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation honors students who demonstrate very high academic performance in college preparatory coursework, high Preliminary SAT (PSAT) scores, and commendable involvement in leadership activities and service.  
 

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NorthPointe Christian High School Launches New Program for Not-Your-Average Student

NorthPointe Christian High School Launches New Program for Not-Your-Average Student

NorthPointe Christian High School is launching a new high school program in the fall of 2017.  NorthPointe’s Personalized Learning Community (NPLC) will provide students with a custom curriculum for each individual student with a focus on interest-based, real world learning.

 

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.