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Barry Manilow Wants Your New or Gently Used Musical Instrument for GRPS Students

Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow hopes others will once again follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to the Grand Rapids Public Schools Manilow plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument prior to show date will receive 2 free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come first serve basis) for Manilow’s show this Friday, March 25th.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools a Shining Example of a Successful Urban District

The Michigan Department of Education released the graduation rates for the 2014-2015 school year today. For the fourth consecutive year, Grand Rapids Public Schools saw a significant increase districtwide with graduate rates increasing by more than 6% compared to last year.

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City High Middle School Ranked #1 in Michigan

A big CONGRATULATIONS, and WELL DONE, to Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Grand Rapids Public Schools City High Middle School has been ranked the #1 high school in the state on Bridge Magazine’s list of “2015 High School Academic State Champs”.

City is one of just 44 schools earning the state champ title. Schools were ranked based on the percent of students who are college and career ready according to ACT scores in math, English, reading, and science. The list is adjusted for student poverty levels.

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It’s School Choice Week Throughout Michigan

National School Choice Week began yesterday in Michigan and across the country. There are 409 events planned here in Michigan to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and GRPS is planning a big one this Wednesday.

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Today is ‘Count Day’ for Public Schools

Today, Wednesday, October 7 is one of two designated "count days" as required by the State School Aid Act to determine state funding for Michigan’s K-12 public school districts. Funding is based on the total student count/attendance on those two days. Obviously, it is vitally important that our schools have all of their students in attendance since their vital state funding counts the heads!

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SmartArt Competition Winner From Grand Rapids Public Schools is Announced

ArtPrize has just announced the top 20 in the public voting for the top prizes in 2015, however an art winner has already been announced in another art competition.

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Today is Constitution Day

It's Constitution Day today. And, if you are questioning what exactly is Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day), let me explain. It is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

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All of GRPS’ Heating and AC is Controlled by a 30-Year-Old Computer

The Grand Rapids Public School system is getting national attention from Reddit today, after a user found video of June 2015 WOOD-TV report.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools offers Students Free Summer Meals

The end of school is an exciting time for a lot of kids, but that summer break is when many families that have children who receive free breakfast and lunch during the school year struggle to put enough food on the table.

That's why Grand Rapids Public Schools have announced that they will offer free meals this summer.

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Ottawa Hills High School Holding Lift-A-Thon Fundraiser This Weekend

School funding keeps getting harder and harder to find. Once the academic part is taken care of, schools are left to their own devices, so to speak, to come up with funding for sports, music, art, and other extra curricular activities.

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Grand Rapids City High Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team Headed to World Competition

Congratulations to the City High Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team. They will be traveling to Michigan State University to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals next month.

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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic 2015 Rocks Richmond Park January 23-25 in Grand Rapids [Video]

97.9 GRD Rocks will host the fourth annual WGRD Pond Hockey Classic, presented by Labatt Blue and Dematic.

More than 40 teams will play on the frozen surface at Richmond Park in Grand Rapids starting Friday night (Jan. 23) and running through Sunday, Jan. 25. Division finals will be the afternoon of Jan. 25.

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