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My Town Sparta: Community raised more than $73K during Relay For Life

My Town Sparta: Community raised more than $73K during Relay For Life

SPARTA, Mich.—Hundreds of people are kicking off the weekend by breaking a sweat to help beat cancer.

More than three dozen teams are signed up to take part in the Relay For Life at Sparta High School, which began at 10 a.m. Friday.  The event will include ceremonies honoring cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives. 

Proceeds from Relay For Life will go to the American Cancer Society.  So far, more than $73,000 has been raised by the Sparta community.

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool
------------------------NEWS RELEASE---------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (First Steps Kent) – A collaborative team of parents, educators and advocates in Kent County launches a coordinated spring-summer marketing campaign for state-funded free preschool this week. Designed with bright colors, bold graphics, and adorable children, the materials focus on the benefit of preschool for little ones throughout the county. Campaign posters, flyers and yard signs will be shared by schools, preschools, doctors’ offices, salons, grocery stores and more—essentially, any organization serving parents of preschoolers. “We don’t have buckets of money for a big advertising push, so we are taking it to the streets with our amazing network of parent volunteers, community advocates, and grassroots activists,” said Judy Freeman, director of Great Start Collaborative for Kent County.

My Town: Student Great Lakes protection projects on display May 14

My Town: Student Great Lakes protection projects on display May 14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  High School students from six area districts will showcase their efforts to protect the Grand River watershed and the Great Lakes during the Groundswell Student Showcase May 14.

Grand Valley State University is showcasing the exhibit, which provides hands-on environmental learning for students throughout Kent County.  The projects will be on display on the big screen and in the Beacon Lobby at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal approved by voters

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal approved by voters

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Rockford Public Schools is getting the green light to borrow $76 million to refurnish and remodel its school buildings, purchase school buses and create and improve playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities. 

Tuesday night, voters approved the district's bond proposal,  3,473 votes to 1,646 votes.  Rockford Schools will have 28 years to repay the debt.  

For the entire election results, visit the WZZM 13 homepage here.

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal up for vote May 6

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal up for vote May 6

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Should Rockford Public Schools borrow $76 million to refurnish and remodel school buildings, purchase school buses and create and improve playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities?

That's the question voters within the school district will answer when they head to the polls May 6.  Rockford Schools would have 28 years to repay the debt.  For additional proposal information, click here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town Sparta: Be Nice campaign includes flyover at Appleview Elementary

My Town Sparta: Be Nice campaign includes flyover at Appleview Elementary
SPARTA, Mich.-- Appleview Elementary has become one of the 30 schools in Kent County who have adopted the "Be Nice" positive anti-bullying campaign. The Mental Health Foundation designed Be Nice to spread awareness surrounding the issues of bullying and importance of encouraging kindness and treating people with civility community-wide.  The Be Nice campaign strives to educate students and community members about how simply “being nice” is an effective way to promote a safe and civil environment within the school and community.    To promote their pledge to Notice, Invite, Challenge and Empower ourselves and others, a helicopter fly over has been arranged and scheduled for Sparta Area Schools on Thursday, May 1.  Appleview will be joining all Sparta Spartans K-12 at the Spartan Stadium for this exciting event.

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.