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My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  It’s National Charter Schools Week and National Heritage Academies is celebrating a record number of applicants.

The charter school system says this year, so many children applied to NHA that 20,952 students were put on the wait list.  When it has more applicants than open seats, NHA uses a random lottery to determine who gets into its schools.

“We have experienced record numbers of applications and demand for our schools with wait lists of more than 2,000 students at some schools,” said National Heritage Academies President and CEO Chip Hurlburt. “We appreciate the support we receive from parents who feel so strongly about the quality school choice NHA provides.”

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Student filmmakers are getting ready for the final round of the 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition.

Students in grades 8-12 submitted short videos about their Catholic faith.   The competition has been whittled down to ten finalists from four districts.  During Champions Night on May 13, their films will grace the big screen at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.    A panel of judges will pick the top three films, which will receive cash prizes. The grand prize is $2,000.

The ten finalists include:

My Town: Families expected to line up for 'Museums Free 4 All' May 4

My Town: Families expected to line up for 'Museums Free 4 All' May 4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Expect long lines outside Grand Rapids' four museums, as the  “Museums Free 4 All” returns May 4.

Amway is once again covering the cost of admission for families to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  Participants can also jump on a free shuttle to travel to and from each museum. 

Amway will also be hosting fun, family-friendly activities outside the GRAM.  People who get their “passport” stamped at all four museums will also have a chance to win prizes.

My Town: Community invited to literacy discussion featuring mayor, superintendents and lit org

My Town: Community invited to literacy discussion featuring mayor, superintendents and lit org

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- SLD Read, formerly known as the Specialized Language Development Center, will host a State of Literacy discussion and breakfast on April 30th beginning at 8 a.m.

The event will take place at The ROC, 601 First Street NW, on Grand Rapids’ west side. All community members are invited to attend to discuss the literacy in the West Michigan community as well as learn about the organization’s expansion and rebrand. SLD Read is hosting the event to increase community awareness and understanding of literacy issues within the community. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet SLD Read staff, board, donors and tutors.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”