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Usher Joins Scholastic’s Launch of Open a World of Possible Reading Campaign [Video]

Grammy Award-winning singer and entertainer Usher is working with children's books publisher Scholastic in launching its Open a World of Possible initiative to help elevate the importance and joy of reading for children.

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Back-to-School 2014: Check Out #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Photos from Twitter, Instagram Right Here

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan today.

Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram with your back-to-school pictures from greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Let's show our pride pictorially about our students, children and kids.

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Post Back-to-School Pics on Twitter, Instagram with #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Hashtags; See Them Online with 100.5 The River

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan on Tuesday.

Share your pride about your students headed back to school on their first day of the 2014-2015 school year. Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram, and see those photos online at 100.5 The River.

We'll post those photos starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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Mother of Sandy Hook Victim Writes Powerful Letter to Teachers

The mother of one of the 26 victims of 2012's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has written a powerful letter to the teachers of America.

Nebla Marquez-Greene had two children attending Sandy Hook Elementary that day. Her daughter, 6-year-old Ana Grace, was killed in the Connecticut massacre, and her son was uninjured in the attack.

Her letter, which was posted on the Education Week website is powerful, gut-wrenching and encouraging all at once. Read it after the jump.

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Some Infant Tylenol is Being Recalled

A Johnson & Johnson consumer health unit is pulling some versions of infant Tylenol off store shelves due to problems with a device that helps measure doses.

Our news partner, WZZM 13, says McNeil Co

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Catherine Behrendt Talks Toys For Tots With Me…It’s Touching! [audio]

For as long as I lived in Grand Rapids Toys For Tots and Catherine Behrendt are synonymous.   They go together, as Forrest Gump would say, like "peas and carrots." 

There's no better feeling than giving!  There just isn't!  I know we all live such busy lives but sometimes it's just so good to get outside of yourself, and get outside of your own little world especially for a child

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Share Some Of Your “First Day Of School” Photos Grand Rapids!

A Facebook friend of mine was talking about how she put some of her "First Day Of School" photos on her website so she and her friends could reminisce.  I'm sure I have some boxed away too; but, for now THIS one is my favorite First Day Back To School Photo! It's not mine, it's hers, but I think it's so cute.  I'm s

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Getty Images News
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Part Of Our Childhood Disappears – Drop-Side Rail Cribs Banned

They have been around since we were kids. All of us raised our own children with these as well. Today, a ban on the manufacture and sale of drop-side rail cribs goes into effect.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission ordered the ban last year after it was determined the cribs played a role in dozens of infant deaths over the past decade. Hotels, motels and day care centers are being allowed to use the drop-side rail cribs until December 2012.

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Is Cursive Obsolete?

Who uses cursive nowadays?

The strange squiggly writing that gave us headaches in the third grade is still puzzling youngsters today. The difference is that now almost no correspondence is in cursive anymore.

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Photo Courtesy Of Kim Carson
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[video] My First Happy Birthday Song From Keegan & Ava!

My friend Mary brought her two grand daughters over because they wanted to hand deliver the birthday cards that they made for me.  On the way out the door Mary got them to serenade me with a quick Happy Birthday Song

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By: Bruno Vincent Getty Images News
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Two words for safe kids – CAR SEATS!

Hey Mom's and Dad's, grandparents everywhere, keep your kids safe in the car with proper car seats!  On NBC's Today, they discussed that very thing with some new recomendations.

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(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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Facebook to the rescue!

On the "Andy & Chuck Show" this morning we talked about Facebook and it's unbelievable growth,and, the amazing statistic that 1 out of every 13 people is on Facebook...world wide!  I can't even do the math on that one, so let's just say, THAT IS A LOT OF PEOPLE!

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