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My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.

 

On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.

 

“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

 

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Thousands of students interested in Michigan’s cultural hot spots will now have a set of wheels to get there.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs this week announced the recipients of its latest round of grants for its Arts & Culture Trek grant program.  The organization is awarding $60,000 to 161 schools across the state, to pay for field trip transportation.  Each grant is worth up to $500 and must be used between Jan. 5, 2015 and March 29, 2015.

"A record-breaking number of Michigan K-12 teachers applied for an Arts & Culture Trek Grant this year, and the vast majority of recipients were awarded the full amount they requested," said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. "From Detroit to Kalamazoo to Flint to Marquette, this program will serve thousands of students from 42 counties across the state."

My Town: Protect your child - free car seat safety checks

My Town: Protect your child -  free car seat safety checks

LOWELL, Mich.—Two out of three child car seats are being used incorrectly, and with holiday travel ramping up in the coming weeks, now is the time to make sure your little one is protected on the road.

The Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat safety check this Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and community volunteers will check each infant car seat and child booster seat to make sure they are correctly installed in your vehicle.  Qualified families can also purchase a discounted replacement seat, while supplies last.

The car seat safety check is part of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention program. Similar events are planned for 2015 at the following times and locations:

My Town: Prepatory schools team up to collect Toys for Tots

My Town: Prepatory schools team up to collect Toys for Tots

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Wellspring and Grand River prepatory schools collected 125 toys for the challenge.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.

My Town: Businesses hold holiday drives to feed families in need

My Town: Businesses hold holiday drives to feed families in need

CASCADE, Mich.—If you’re looking to give more than gifts to loved ones this holiday season, several businesses are accepting cash and canned food donations for families in need.

The food and funds will be shipped to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. 

  • Nov. 24 - Dec. 19: Goldfish Swim School, 2845 Thornhills Avenue, Suite S, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Nov. 24 - Dec. 22: KoKo FitClub 2845 Thornhills Ave. SE, Cascade, MI 49546
  • Dec. 1- Dec. 31: Hampton Inn and SpringHill Suites (5200 28th Street SE and 5250 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512)

For a list of most-needed food items, visit Feeding America West Michigan’s website.

My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows:

My Town: Former Steelcase pyramid building to become STEAM education hub

My Town: Former Steelcase pyramid building to become STEAM education hub

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Twenty-five years after Steelcase dedicated its $111 million Corporate Development Center, it's selling the pyramid.

An education group will buy the landmark property for $7.5 million then transform the 663,000 square-foot building and surrounding 181 acres into the Pyramid P20 Campus.  The new educational center will serve pre-K through university-level students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The academic programs will be offered through existing schools.

 “We have been working for over a year to get to this point,” said Pyramid P20 co-founder Jerry Zandstra, Ph.D.  “We are very excited to take ownership of this incredible facility and retain full control of design, build out and programming.”