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City Welcomes New Communications Director Steve Guitar

Steve Guitar comes to the City of Grand Rapids December 1, 2014, after serving the citizens of Sterling Heights, Michigan for 27 years. He is a graduate of Oakland University with a degree in communications. 

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LOOP Comic Contest

Winners of the LOOP comic contestThe students in the Camp Fire LOOP After School Program at Palmer spent the last two weeks learning about comic strips.  Students examined how comics tell a story in just a few lines and also learned tricks for drawing a good comic strip.  Then each student made his or her own comic for an after school comic contest! 

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President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience presents recommendations

State, local, and tribal leaders from across the country, including Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and the City's Energy and Sustainability Director Haris Alibašić, met with Vice President Joe Biden today to discuss the pressing issues of carbon pollution and climate resilience and to deliver recommendations for addressing these global problems. Last year, as part of President Obama’s overall effort to combat climate change, the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience was created.

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Literacy Center of West Michigan Teams with Barnes & Noble for Community Book Drive

The Community Literacy Initiative (CLI) of the Literacy Center of West Michigan is partnering with Barnes & Noble at RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grandville, Michigan for a book drive that will benefit more than 20 organizations in the greater Grand Rapids area. The book drive will run from November 1, 2014 through December 15, 2014.

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LOOP Students Tree on Display at Ford Museums

LOOP's decorated tree at the Ford MuseumThe students in the Camp Fire LOOP after school programs at Cesar Chavez, Coit, Kent Hills, and Palmer have been hard at work decorating a Christmas tree at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, located at 303 Pearl Street NW.  

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Severe Weather and School Closure Information

Snowy day in GRIt is that time of year again where weather conditions may require GRPS to close schools. There are a number of different ways GRPS informs parents, students, and the community in the event that a school or the entire district must close due to severe weather or operation-related reasons (e.g. power outage/no heat).  

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The Homestretch

GRPS Homeless Coordinator Tammy Dillon will participate in a panel discussion following a showing of the movie "The Homestretch". Also participating in the panel is the film's director, Kirsten Kelly, as well as other local experts. 

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Proud Parents

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

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

Gerald R. Ford Academic Center Proud Family: Teresa, Denishea, & Kerby

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

Grand Rapids Public Museum School Proud Parents: Tom

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

Southwest Community Campus Proud Parents: Steve & Nora

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

Grand Rapids Montessori Proud Parents: Stacy & Daniel

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