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GRPS Coit Receives VH1 Save the Music “Keys + Kids” Grant

How cool is this. Coit Creative Arts Academy, Grand Rapids Public Schools, is a recipient of a “Keys + Kids” grant from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation in partnership with singer/songwriter/pianist Sara Bareilles. The grant funds the purchase of a new electronic piano package for the school. The package is worth $10,000.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools Celebrate a new Home for Habitat for Humanity

GRPS, Grand Rapids Public Schools, have another program to celebrate.

Today, students from the Academy of Design and Construction (ADC) will celebrate the completion of the Habitat for Humanity home they built during the 2013-2014school year.

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LeVar Burton Raises $1 Million to Bring ‘Reading Rainbow’ Back In Less Than 24 Hours [Video]

We did it! In just half a day, LeVar Burton's "Reading Rainbow" campaign to raise $1 million on Kickstarter reached its goal. And the amount of money raised is still growing.

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Remember the Apple IIE Computer? Kids Don’t Know What to do With it [Video]

Here is another episode of "Kids React" to things videos to make you feel very old.  Seriously, VERY old.

In this latest one, kids react to seeing an old computer from the '80s.

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High School Talent Show has Some Amazing Talent [Video]

Many High Schools in West Michigan hold talent shows.  We have a lot of talent here, and it deserves to be shown.  There is a high school in California that held their own talent show, and it was pretty amazing.

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Grand Rapids City High Middle Ranked Among “America’s Most Challenging High Schools”

Big CONGRATULATIONS to Grand Rapids City High Middle school.  City High Middle has been ranked the 21st most challenging high school in the Midwest by The Washington Post. It is ranked the 4th most challenging in the state and is among the top 2% of high schools in the country.

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GVSU’s Annual Economic Impact Is Over $730 Million

Grand Rapids continues to enjoy steady growth and the success of Grand Valley State University is one of many reasons why.

Grand Valley State University's annual economic impact report is out. The report shows Grand Valley had a regional economic impact of $730.1 million in 2013.

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Summer Music Camps at St. Cecilia Music Center

For 131 years St. Cecilia Music Center has upheld its mission of promoting the appreciation, study and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of the residents of West Michigan. St. Cecilia Music Center is proud to support music programs for Youth and Adults from West Michigan offering participation in bands, orchestras, ensembles and music clubs, as well as, summer camps.

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Fun Trivia With Friday 5 the Hard Way

Friday is always trivia day on "Andy in the Morning" with Friday 5 the Hard Way.  Five question a listener must get correct to win the prizes.

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West Michigan Students Ride Bicycles for Bike to School Day

Thousands of students across Michigan, from over 150 schools, participated in the third annual Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7.

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Capt. Richard Phillips Talks with 100.5 The River’s Tom Cook [Video]

Capt. Richard Phillips is in Grand Rapids today.

Phillips was captain of the MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in April 2009; and his heroics were chronicled in the Oscar-nominated 2013 film "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks.

Tonight, he is the keynote speaker for Davenport University's Excellence in Business Dinner Gala, a black-tie fund-raiser for Davenport University Foundation student scholarship funds, at DeVos Place.

This morning, he spent time with me on 100.5 The River. I was filling in for Andy Rent on the "Andy Rent Show" along with guest host Tim Harris. Andy is currently on vacation in Hawaii, where he's on a group tour with YMT Vacations and listeners of 100.5 The River.

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Mackinac Round Island Lighthouse. (Photo: Michigan Sea Grant)
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Mackinac Island Opening for Historic Season Including War of 1812 Battle Bicentennial [Video]

While the Great Lakes still have some ice on them, Mackinac Island is about ready to come alive.

It has been a long winter, with ferry service to Mackinac Island in the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan just getting back into operation. Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry said it plans to start passenger service Tuesday.

Bob Benser, Jr.'s family owns two hotels, a bed-and-breakfast and Murdick's Original Fudge on Mackinac Island. The bed-and-breakfast is open year-round, but the hotels -- The Chippewa Hotel and The Lilac Tree Hotel & Spa -- are opening May 9, just in time for Mother's Day, he told "Andy Rent Show" guest host Tim Harris this morning on 100.5 The River.

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