This weekend, Grand Rapids will be filled with runners.

The Fifth Third Riverbank Run will pretty much take over downtown Grand Rapids during the morning and afternoon.

But, just a couple of miles away on the campus of Aquinas College, a quiet little Walk will take place at the same time, and it is equally important.

It's "The Big Step" walk for the Noorthoek Academy.

The Noorthoek Academy is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a continuing education program in the arts and sciences for special needs students, who want to pursue their educations in a college setting after high school.

The school, part of Grand Rapids Community College, is a very special place, and needs all of our support.

I will be hosting the event at the Jarecki Center on the Aquinas campus, with registration at 9am, and the walk beginning at 9:30.

Many thanks to the event sponsors: Wege Foundation; Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation; Amway; and, Founders Bank & Trust.