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My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich.—A music tour aimed at preventing bullying among teenagers is making its rounds in West Michigan.

The Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour kicked off Monday morning at Sparta High School.  The 90-minute performances feature young Top 40 recording artists who are also speaking out against bullying.  This tour’s headliners include  former ‘X Factor’ contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, Texas.  Additional guest performers include Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois, Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, 18, of Smithville, Virginia; and Branden Mendoza, 20, of New Carney, Texas.

The school concert assembly schedule is as follows:

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

LOWELL, Mich.—Spring is here, which means the Kent District Library has officially opened its Seed Library at 13 branches.

Patrons can visit the library to “borrow” up to three packets of heirloom seeds for their garden.  People who take seed packets are asked to save seeds from the plants they grow and return them in late summer or fall for someone else to use next year.

The library is also accepting any heirloom variety seeds gardeners want to add to the library.  For more information, visit the library’s website.

Participating branches include those in Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Wyoming.

My Town Alpine Township: Master plan open house March 31

My Town Alpine Township: Master plan open house March 31

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Alpine Charter Township)--Alpine Township needs your help in updating the community’s Master Plan.

The Master Plan lays out the vision for the community’s desired future and outlines the policies and steps to get there. The Township needs to hear your thoughts and ideas about what you would like for your community’s future.

To receive your input, the Alpine Township Planning Commission will host open houses at the Township Center, 5255 Alpine Avenue, NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321 on Monday, March 31, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Planning commissioners and staff will be on hand to answer questions and take comments. Stop by for a bit, let us know what you think and help guide the direction of your community!

For any questions, please call the Planning Director, Sue Becker at 784-9090.

An additional Master Plan open house is scheduled for April 22, from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Heart of West Michigan United Way is seeking nominations for its inaugural GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER awards.

The awards are meant to celebrate nonprofits, companies and people who have made a difference in the community.  The GIVE Award goes to a company that has displayed generosity within the community, and created a culture of giving within its organization last year.

The ADVOCATE Award honors a person or nonprofit organization who leads and works with people to improve the health and wellness of the community, leaving a lasting impact on Kent County.

The VOLUNTEER Award goes to a company that promotes and provides year-round opportunities for employees to volunteer within their community, improving Kent County.

My Town Alpine Township: Organic gardening classes and plots open

My Town Alpine Township: Organic gardening classes and plots open

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  Apartment living often leaves no space for gardening, but Family of Christ Church in Alpine Township is working to change that.

The church is organizing two classes for community members interested in organic gardening. Phil Chaffee will lead the sessions. The class times are as follows:

  • Saturday, March 22, 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. at York Creek Community Center
  • Saturday, April 5, 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. at York Creek Community Center

Family of Christ Church is also opening up its community garden to greenthumbs primarily living in area apartments.  The church began putting together the garden last year, but this is will be the first full season the raised beds are ready for use.  The community garden is on the church’s property, located at 1100 Henze Street, behind Sam’s Club and WalMart.  The program is $10 per raised bed, and participants must practice organic gardening.

My Town Alpine Township: Master plan open houses March 19 and March 31

My Town Alpine Township: Master plan open houses March 19 and March 31

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Alpine Charter Township)--Alpine Township needs your help in updating the community’s Master Plan.

The Master Plan lays out the vision for the community’s desired future and outlines the policies and steps to get there. The Township needs to hear your thoughts and ideas about what you would like for your community’s future.

To receive your input, the Alpine Township Planning Commission will host open houses at the Township Center, 5255 Alpine Avenue, NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321 on Wednesday, March 19 and Monday, March 31, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Planning commissioners and staff will be on hand to answer questions and take comments. Stop by for a bit, let us know what you think and help guide the direction of your community!

For any questions, please call the Planning Director, Sue Becker at 784-9090.