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It’s Time to Put Education Ahead of Michigan’s Tourism Industry

Many Michigan public school students are back at school this week. Others will return after Labor Day as required by law in Michigan without a waiver.

The post-Labor Day law was created ten years ago to benefit Michigan's tourism industry.

As more days are added to the school year, it's time to waive the post-Labor Day requirement for all schools and put the education of Michigan students ahead of the interests of the tourism industry.

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School of Music Programs Beginning at St. Cecilia

If your child has an interest in music and performance, here is a wonderful opportunity for them.

Starting in September, students with an interest in music are encouraged to try out for SCMC’s School of Music programs.

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Grand Rapids College Professor Offers Up A List of Do’s And Don’t’s For New Students

This weekend marked the return of college students to West Michigan's 15 colleges and universities, and one student went up on the web site Reddit to ask what are some do's and don't's for students new to the area.

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Stuff The Bus Campaign Successful in Helping GRPS Students

It was a banner year for Heart of West Michigan United Way's campaign to Stuff the Bus!

The Stuff the Bus project is a way to help students in need have the school supplies they might not be able to buy, and this year was super successful.

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Rockford High School Named One of Nation’s Top Public High Schools

Rockford High School is one of 16 high schools in Michigan and the only West Michigan-area high school to be named among the top public high schools in the country.

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Grand Rapids School Kids Get Free Shoes

For the 20th year, In The Image is giving less fortunate school kids a free pair of shoes for the upcoming school year. 

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Tomorrow Night is National Night Out so Let’s Help Take a Bite out of Crime

Every year, on a Tuesday morning in the first week in August, I move the radio show, Andy in the Morning, to Consumers Energy on Clay Avenue, SW. I broadcast for a few hours, along with Eva Aguirre Cooper from WOOD-TV, to promote National Night Out.

Well, guess what? Tomorrow is the day!

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Teacher Surprised With $10,000 As A Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award winner
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Let’s all Help GRPS Elementary Students Start the School Year Right and Stuff the Bus

Every fall, Heart of West Michigan United Way collects elementary school supplies for children in the Schools of Hope Reading Program of Grand Rapids Public Schools, to make sure the students are starting the school year ready to learn. In 2015, 11,596 items with a total value of $15,765 were collected!

So, are you ready to do it again? Let's do it!

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Looking for a Good Job With a Great Salary? How About Beer Taster?

Are you stuck in a dead-end job? Not making enough money? Frustrated? All good questions, but there is one more. Do you like Beer?

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Here’s Your Chance to Help Young Children Read

I normally don't put up a job post, but I'll make an exception in this case. You see, it's about kids, young kids, 2nd grade, and reading. Too many children fail to get the encouragement and lessons needed to be successful at reading.

Thanks to a partnership with Amway Corporation, Grand Rapids Public Schools is working with Innovations for Learning to implement TutorMate in the district to improve literacy of students in 2nd grade. TutorMate is the nation’s preeminent online volunteer tutoring program, helping tens of thousands of students in low income communities learn to read.

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GRPS Museum School a Finalist in the National “Super School Project”

These are proud and exciting moments for the Grand Rapids Public Schools Museum School. They have been named one of the 50 finalists in the XQ Super School Project.

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ArtPrize Partners With Switch for STEAM Educational Experience

ArtPrize has announced a new partnership with Switch, the operator of SUPERNAP Grand Rapids at the Switch Pyramid, that will bring an interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) educational experience to ArtPrize this fall.

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