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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: Forest Hills Northern and Comstock Park help break in newly rebuilt ballpark

My Town: Forest Hills Northern and Comstock Park help break in newly rebuilt ballpark

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Baseball players from two local high schools will be among the first visiting teams to Fifth Third Ballpark’s newly rebuilt space.

Forest Hills Northern will take on Comstock Park during a doubleheader this Friday, April 18.  Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the first pitch will be thrown at 4 p.m.  Game 2 will start 30 minutes after Game 1 ends.  For more information, visit the Fifth Third Ballpark website here.

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: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. --- A special election is being held May 6 for three Plainfield Township school systems:  Comstock Park, Northview and Rockford public schools.

Comstock Park Public Schools Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein said, “We are asking voters to renew our... sinking fund millage for another ten years on May 6.  This important source of special revenue helps the district make annual repairs and meet ongoing maintenance needs without taking funds from our operational classroom budget.” 

Ebenstein added, “We have an outstanding supportive community that takes great pride in our grounds and facilities, and we are seeking their assistance in helping maintain the facilities we have.”

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:

Kenowa Hills Schools-Calling all new Kindergarten Parents

Kenowa Hills Schools-Calling all new Kindergarten Parents

Kenowa Hills Public Schools is calling new kindergarten parents to a district-wide, 2014-2015 school year meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 25th or Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00pm at the Kenowa Hills Central Elementary Café, located at 4252 Three Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534. Kindergarten orientation will be held for students on May 5th.

Registration information, details about building level kindergarten orientation and general information about the kindergarten experience will be discussed. Gerald Hopkins, Mike Burde and all elementary principals will be available to share information and answer questions.

There are new age requirements for the new school year for kindergarten students. All children must be 5 years of age on or before October 1, 2014 to enroll in kindergarten.

My Town: Blessed to Bless Banquet to help children in Haiti, Dominican Republic

My Town: Blessed to Bless Banquet to help children in Haiti, Dominican Republic

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Now is the time to register to take part in the 5th annual Blessed to Bless Event by  Grand Rapids based Rays of Hope International.

The banquet and auctions will take place Thursday May 1 at English Hills Terrace, located at 5179 West River Drive NE in Comstock Park.  Proceeds from the event will go toward beds, mattresses and sheets for orphanages in Haiti as well as bunk beds at Lighthouse School in the Dominican Republic.  To register, click here.  For additional information, call Kim at (616) 318-7378 or email b2b.raysofhope@gmail.com.