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My Town Sparta: Education Foundation gives away computers to bowlers

My Town Sparta: Education Foundation gives away computers to bowlers

SPARTA, Mich.-- Sparta Lanes has been the site of the Sparta Education Foundation’s RetroBowl fundraiser for the past 12 years, but this year there will be some changes.

Organizers of the event, which takes place on Saturday, March 15, decided to make participation more affordable and offer better door prizes. Five Chromebook computers, donated by Michigan Appraisal and Information Systems Intelligence, will be given away to bowlers as door prizes!

My Town Sparta: High school hosts musical about maritime disaster

My Town Sparta: High school hosts musical about maritime disaster

SPARTA, Mich.—The story of one of the worst maritime disasters in history will unfold on stage at Sparta High School this weekend.

Four more performances of “Titanic the Musical” are scheduled:

  • Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

“Boarding passes” are $7 for students and seniors and $7.50 for adults.  Passes can be purchased at the door ahead of each performance.  To reserve seating, call (616) 887-7505 ext. 2902.

15th annual Spartan Idol begins March 17

15th annual Spartan Idol begins March 17

SPARTA, Mich.—The search for the next Spartan Idol begins in just one more month.

The 15th annual Spartan Idol will be held March 17, 18 and 20 in the Sparta High School auditorium.  The entire community is invited to showcase their talents- from singing, dancing and acting to performing a comedy routine or playing an instrument.  The show starts at 7 p.m.

The deadline to register for Spartan Idol is March 1.  For more information, contact Jane Marolf at (616) 887-8213.

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C

Volunteers and donations welcome for the “Best Prom Ever”

Volunteers and donations welcome for the “Best Prom Ever”

SPARTA, Mich.--This prom event on March 1 will be a special evening created by adults with disabilities for adults with disabilities.

Attendees often come from Kent, Ottawa and Newaygo counties but people from farther away are also invited to enjoy this inspirational event.

The prom creators, 12 to 18 Sparta High School students in the Mild Cognitive Impaired Program,  are welcoming volunteers to help with decorating, serving and tear down.  Community members can also donate items to the cause.

For more information, check out the Sparta Today paper or contact Renne at (616) 887-8213 or by e-mailing renne.wyman@spartaschools.org.

Donations lead to new equipment for Sparta Area Schools

Donations lead to new equipment for Sparta Area Schools

SPARTA, Mich.—Sparta Area Schools are even better equipped this new year, thanks to a set of donations.

The district detailed the latest contributions during its regular board meeting last month.   The donations included $9,000 to purchase a 90” plasma TV for athletic and academic use, a portable basketball hoop for the school’s youth basketball program and new banners for the middle school.

The next board meeting will take place Feb. 10.

Date is set for Sparta Family Fun Festival

Date is set for Sparta Family Fun Festival

SPARTA, Mich.—  The snow is piling up outside, but the Sparta Parent Teacher Committee is already looking forward to spring time.

The PTC has set the date for its Sparta Family Fun Festival. This year, the carnival event will take place Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call (616) 887-7500 (ext. 3506) or email ptc@spartaschools.org .