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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.

My Town Comstock Park: Schools look to voters to keep 'Sinking Fund' alive

My Town Comstock Park: Schools look to voters to keep 'Sinking Fund' alive

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—With February elections over, the focus now for many school districts is May.

On Tuesday, May 6, Comstock Park Public Schools will ask voters to renew the district’s current “Sinking Fund” for another ten years.  The Sinking Fund can only be used for expenses on buildings, facilities and grounds.    Without the Sinking Fund, these annual maintenance costs would come from the district’s General Fund, which normally covers student programs, staff and services.

The Sinking Fund has previously helped cover roofs, parking lots, sidewalks, windows, doors, lockers, carpet, landscaping upkeep, gym floor refinishing and athletic field improvements.

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C

Cancer Classic rescheduled For Feb. 7

Cancer Classic rescheduled For Feb. 7

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Due to inclement weather,  the sixth annual Comstock Park Cancer Classic has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 with proceeds benefiting Relay For Life of Comstock Park.

Cancer Classic T-shirts and sweatshirts are available in the high school, Mill Creek and Pine Island offices for $10 (T-shirt) or $20 (sweatshirt).  Admission to the games will be $3 with the purchase of a 2014 Cancer Classic T-shirt or sweatshirt.

  • When:  Friday, Feb.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

Basketball game pits Kenowa Hills staff against police

Basketball game pits Kenowa Hills staff against police

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  School staff will take on a team of officers this Saturday, Feb. 1 as the Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games return to Kenowa Hills.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills administrators and teachers playing local law enforcement members.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.  The proceeds will benefit Kent County Sheriff Detective Aron Bowser who is currently awaiting a lung transplant.  

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.