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Excel Charter Academy honors Martin Luther King Jr. with day of service

Excel Charter Academy honors Martin Luther King Jr. with day of service

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  Excel Charter Academy students remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of the holiday by serving their community.

 On Friday, Jan. 17, seventh and eighth grade students divided up to help community organizations, including the YWCA, Kids Food Basket, Feeding America West Michigan, Habitat for Humanity, Baxter Community Center, Degage, GRASP, Goodwill and In The Image.

As part of Excel’s MLK Service Day, Arbor Circle also visited the school to teach sixth grade students about teenage homelessness and how they can help support teenagers in need.

Civil Rights activist leads community in march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Civil Rights activist leads community in march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Civil Rights activist Dr. John M. Perkins will lead students on a march through Calvin College’s campus, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The memorial march will take place Monday, Jan. 20.  The procession will begin at 3 p.m. at the Covenant Fine Arts Center and end with refreshments at the Spoelhof Center Atrium.  Marchers will reflect on the life and work of Dr. King while hearing his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, Kentwood Mayor Steve Kepley, Calvin College President Michael Le Roy and other community leaders will also take part in the procession.

Before the march, Perkins will deliver his January Series lecture, “Love is the Final Fight: The Life and Legacy of John M. Perkins.”  That address is at 12:30 p.m.

Michigan author hosts book signing event Jan. 21

Michigan author hosts book signing event Jan. 21

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- A Michigan author is coming to Kentwood to sign copies of his newest book.

Here's a synopsis of Tyler Svec's "Rebellion", from Tate Publishing and Enterprises: 

"The world was in sad shape, and it seemed the future would not be any better. War was destroying all that was good. Roy Van Dorn walked away from it all. Once he arrived in Heavena, he was faced with the choice to either join the elite group, the Demon Knights, or the rebel group, the Christian Knights, who were ready to fight for the truth. The days grew dark for Roy and the Christian Knights, who faced a daily struggle to survive.

Cross Creek Charter Academy teacher wins excellence award

Cross Creek Charter Academy teacher wins excellence award

BYRON CENTER, Mich.—National Heritage Academies, a national charter school management company, honored teacher Laura Crump from Cross Creek Charter Academy in Byron Center  with an excellence in teaching award.

Every year, NHA celebrates the finest educators in its system of schools by highlighting outstanding teachers in four categories: Grades K-1, Grades 2-5, Grades 6-8 and Co-curricular. The finalists are determined by a number of factors including student test scores, annual performance evaluations and parent satisfaction data. There are fifteen finalists for each category.

Crump, a young 5s teacher at Cross Creek, won the excellence in teaching for Co-curricular. NHA President and CEO Chip Hurlburt visited Cross Creek Charter Academy on Thursday, Dec. 12 to present the award to Crump.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women introduces new Board

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women introduces new Board

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new group of community leaders is getting ready to join the Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women Board.

GROW’s new leaders will officially take office Jan. 1, 2014. They’ll replace Joe Belsito, Dustin Jackson, Heidi Spencer and Marsha Veenstra, who are leaving their posts.  The new GROW Board includes:

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • President: Sanda Matei, Investment Strategist, Comerica Wealth Management
  • Past President: Kay Staszel, Owner, KMS Group
  • Vice President: Angie Hanks, AVP Branch Manager, Chemical Bank
  • Vice President: Deborah Phillips, President, Deborah A Philips & Associates, LLC
  • Treasurer: Jason Goei, President, Eastern Floral
  • Secretary: Marnie L. Johnson, President, Infusion Communication Group

 

NEWLY ELECTED DIRECTORS

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

WALKER, Mich.—The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council has some new faces at its helm.

During the Dec. 5 meeting, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Steve Keply and Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga officially joined the GVMC Board of Directors.  All three men were elected in November and selected by city members to serve on the panel.

Ada Township Supervisor George Haga and Sand Lake Village Trustee Roger Towsley also took the oath of office.  They represent the first two communities to join GVMC since 2007. The Board of Directors also recently approved accepting Lowell Township as a member. 

The GVMC is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

Vote for your favorite executive 'stache

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—November is coming to an end which means the ‘staches are coming off!

Five executives from West Michigan have been growing mustaches for Movember, a month-long campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness of health risks.   The men have been posting their progress on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Facebook page.    The final mustache photos will be posted on the Facebook page on December 2 for a public vote.  Visitors can pick their top two favorite ‘staches by “liking” the appropriate photos.  The vote runs from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Tuesday.

This year’s participants are: