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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 Comstock Park: Resellers needed for Mom2Mom Sale

My Town Comstock Park: Resellers needed for Mom2Mom Sale

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— The halls of Comstock Park High School are normally empty on Saturdays,  but that won’t be the case on May 3.

The high school will be hosting two events that day: a Mom2Mom Sale sponsored by the Comstock Park Band Boosters and the Spring Carnival, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Right now, organizers are looking for renters/resellers looking to get rid of gently used children’s clothes, toys and other child related items.  To sign up, contact Debbie at 784-0026 or email benjdt@sbcglobal.net.

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: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan is looking for people to help with its biggest volunteer event of the year, one month from today.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, also known as “Stamp Out Hunger”,  is scheduled for Saturday, May 10.  Feeding America is looking for volunteers to help move food from the post office to the Food Bank.  Help is needed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at multiple locations around Grand Rapids.  To sign up or learn more, send an email with “NALC” in the subject line to Dena Rogers at DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.org.

Roll the Dice and Beat the Odds Against Cancer!

Roll the Dice and Beat the Odds Against Cancer!

The Comstock Park High School Captain America Team is hosting a Bunco Blast as a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Comstock Park on Thursday, May 1, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week leads to record donation for hungry

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week leads to record donation for hungry

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A spokesperson for Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says Rockford Restaurant Week 2014 was a great success.

According to organizers, participating restaurants served up more than 800 of their specialty meals to patrons during Rockford Restaurant Week.  For each sale, participating restaurants donated the equivalent of 4.5 meals, which totaled to more than 3,600 meals for those in need.  That’s 25 percent higher than last year, and comes at a time when demand for Feeding America West Michigan’s services are at a record high.

This was the second year for Rockford Restaurant Week.  Modeled after Grand Rapids’ Restaurant Week, the event is designed to raise awareness about the diverse food Rockford offers, while funding hunger relief through Feeding America West Michigan. 

My Town: Sign up now for Access Hunger Walk

My Town: Sign up now for Access Hunger Walk

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan is looking for people to join its team for the Access Hunger Walk.

This year’s walk will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at Park Church in downtown Grand Rapids.  Proceeds from the event will go to Feeding America West Michigan and other anti-hunger agencies in the area.

To join the team, visit the sign up page here.