We Are GR School Choice Expo                       

WHEN: Thursday, January 29, 2015
4:00-7:00 pm                            
WHERE: City High Middle School
1720 Plainfield Ave NE
COST: Free

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Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Announces Results of 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest

Bodie reading his essayThe contest, which was open to all sixth-graders at Grand Rapids Public Schools, asked the students to prepare an essay focused on how Dr. King’s legacy of peace and justice applies to the world in which they live.  This year’s competition included a record 327 entries from students at 10 schools.

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New Director of Parks and Recreation Announced

Parks and Rec logoDavid Marquardt has joined the City of Grand Rapids as its new Parks and Recreation Director. “I am pleased David has chosen to be part of our team. His experience in leading the Planning, Design and Construction division of the Denver Parks Department positions him well to jump in and lead implementation of parks millage investments,” said City Manager Gregory Sundstrom. 

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Strong Neighborhoods, Strong Cities: Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit

City flagThe Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit 2015 will serve as the kick-off to important discussions and ideas about how to strengthen neighborhoods. The day-long event has been designed to provide attendees with the flexibility to attend different breakout workshops as well as the keynote and lunch speaker.

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GR Initiative for Leaders Expands Partnership with Local High Schools and Colleges

GR Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) announced their program expansion and continued partnership with local public schools and area ministries to provide leadership development opportunities for high school students. This year begins a three year project, Be the Change, in which the organization will partner with local colleges and universities to provide a support system for teen program alumni to obtain a post-secondary degree or certification, continue to receive leadership development, and commit to civic engagement in their communities upon graduating.

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North Park Students Raising Money to Slime Teacher, Be Principal for a Day

Kellie Kieren, North Park Montessori physical education teacher, is challenging students to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart. Last year, students raised more than $5,700, surpassing their goal of $3,500 and setting records.

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GRPS Students Place in Top 3 in State Debate Tournament

Students with awards from state tournamentTwo students from City High Middle School took top honors in the state-wide debate tournament, held Saturday, January 10 at Saginaw Valley State University.

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Problems with Early Filing of 2014 GR Income Tax Returns using Computerized Income Tax Prep Products

Tax photoIt is very early in the 2015 income tax processing season and the Grand Rapids Income Tax Department reports that it is receiving 2014 paper filed income tax returns with watermarked messages like "Forms Not Approved, Do Not File" printed across their return form. 

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Proud Parents

Congress Elementary School Proud Parents: Jono & Emily

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I'm Nana first and as Nana, Ford Academic Center is perfect for CJ. More...

C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy Proud Parents: Nancy & Brian

Every time they walk outside at school...they're on another adventure. More...

Grand Rapids Public Museum School Proud Parents: Tom

My daughter is so excited about the Museum School! It's unique and hands-on. More...

Grand Rapids Montessori Proud Parents: Stacy & Daniel

We did the research, and Montessori set her up for success. More...

Coit Creative Arts Academy Proud Parents: Phil & Lavonne

We love the arts focus…Coit is a gem. More...

City High Middle School Proud Parents: John & Gretchen

International Baccalaureate at City teaches our kids to be critical thinkers. More...

Southwest Community Campus Proud Parents: Steve & Nora

It's dual immersion, so they're learning English and Spanish speaking skills. More...