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My Town: Cornerstone University 'Night of Nets' founder up for $10k charity prize

My Town: Cornerstone University 'Night of Nets' founder up for $10k charity prize

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A soccer advocate from Cornerstone University is in the running to win $10,000 to help fight malaria.

Chip Huber founded “Night of Nets” at CU in 2009 to raise awareness and funding for bed nets that prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne illness.  Since then, the benefit has led to $60,000 and 10,000 bed net donations, which Cornerstone soccer team members have delivered to Ndola, Zambia over the past three years.

Huber was selected to represent Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire for connecting soccer with community outreach. He will make the first kick during the Fire’s game this weekend.  He’s  also one of 19 people competing for a $10,000 prize to the charity of their choice. Voting will run through July 25 online at www.MLSsoccer.com/community-mvp/vote.

My Town: Memorial scheduled for Cornerstone University student killed in crash

My Town: Memorial scheduled for Cornerstone University student killed in crash

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—One of two teenagers killed in a head-on highway crash on the east side of the state was a student of Cornerstone University.

The crash happened Thursday afternoon on U.S. 23 near the Michigan Avenue exit. Police say Dakota Gonzales and Curt Orlowski were heading home from work when a pick-up truck crossed the median and slammed into their car.  Both teenagers died in the crash.  A third passenger, a teenage girl, survived.

Troopers tell WXYZ News they believe the teenager who was driving the pickup truck may have been drinking.  He is expected to survive.

Monday, Cornerstone University posted this statement on its Facebook page:

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District is looking to add to its team of bus drivers.

Kent ISD will be holding a bus driver job fair July 10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nearly 100 positions are available, covering nearly a dozen school districts, including:

  • Caledonia Community Schools
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools
  • East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grandville Public Schools
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • Lowell Area Schools
  • Sparta Area Schools
  • Wyoming Public Schools
  •  Kent ISD Special Education

 The job fair will take place at the Kent ISD’s Educational Service Center, located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids. Candidates must be at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and pass a drug test and criminal background check.

My Town: More districts to add school resource officers this fall

My Town: More districts to add school resource officers this fall

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Four additional officers from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling the hallways and grounds of West Michigan schools next fall.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners last week approved contracts in which the Kent County Sheriff Department will provide a school resource officer to Byron Center Public Schools, Kent City Community Schools and Kenowa Hills Public Schools.  Lowell Area Schools is working with a community partner to fund a school resource officer and hopes to commit to a contract in the coming weeks.

The SROs will improve school safety by investigating school related incidences and taking a proactive approach to deter violence and crime on campus.

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: 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 GR North: NorthPointe Christian students compete to give away $1,000

My Town GR North: NorthPointe Christian students compete to give away $1,000

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Before wrapping up their school year, NorthPointe Christian School students competed in an unusual contest: Who has the best idea of where to give $1,000?

The exact challenge: create a one-minute video explaining what you would do with $1,000 that would make a difference in impacting the world for Jesus Christ.  The incentive: $1,000 in prize money.

Coined “Heart Prize 2014,” the contest motivated 46 NorthPointe Christian middle and high school students to step up to the challenge.  Students passionately presented local, national and world causes to their fellow student body, inviting the school as a whole to consider needs outside themselves.  Hundreds of views and votes poured in through the contest’s youtube channel, eventually narrowing down the entries to a top six.

One of the top six contestants was Tadesse Yasin.