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Harrison Park Students Get Letter from President
On February 18th, upper elementary students at Harrison Park's YMCA LOOP program, took part in a two day service project in coordination with Kids' Food Basket. Students learned how Kids' Food Basket began at Sibley Elementary nearly twenty years ago when a teacher found one of her students digging in the garbage for food because the family didn't have food at home. This inspired the teacher to form Kids' Food Basket, offering sack suppers, providing nutritious foods, and stopping childhood hunger in the lives of thousands of children in West Michigan.
Survey gives Grand Rapids-area residents opportunity to shape bicycle safety efforts
Are you interested in improving the safety of all users of the road in greater Grand Rapids? Then the City of Grand Rapids is interested in hearing your thoughts.
Behavior Risk Factor Survey Finds Health Advantages, Concerns for Kent County Residents
Results of the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) found trends which should be concerning to all of us. Drinking and driving is up, perceived health status is down, and obesity continues to plague our region. The good news is that that many health indicators in Kent County residents are better than the statewide and national averages. Many more residents have health care coverage than six years ago, and the number of “current smokers” has decreased from 20.6% to 12.8% (below the statewide and national average). The release of the report comes as we recognize Michigan Public Health Week, April 13-19, 2015.
Michigan-Fuller Intersection Closed – Detour Violators Ticketed
A complete concrete overhaul in the roadway of one of the city’s busiest intersections has led the City of Grand Rapids to shut the area down to traffic for two weeks. The project is on schedule with some lanes having been poured early this week.
CA Frost Students to Educate Community about Water
Middle school students at CA Frost Environmental Science Academy are hosting a water night on Thursday, April 23, from 5:00-7:30pm. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will teach attendees about the basics of watershed protection; ways to reduce rainwater runoff from their property; using rain barrels, rain gardens, and native plants; and how to get rid of invasive plants.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The statistics are startling: someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year, the national campaign focuses on awareness and prevention of campus sexual violence. Here in Kent County, a new youth advisory council has been formed for the prevention of relationship and sexual violence. Young Leaders Against Violence (YLAV) is a diverse group of youth, ages 14-22, coordinated through a partnership between the Kent County Health Department, YWCA of West Central Michigan, Safe Haven Ministries and Family Futures. YLAV has several April, 2015 SAAM events planned for their schools and the community.
Michigan Severe Weather Week Reminder: Be Prepared
Last year, there were 13 tornadoes across the state of Michigan. The most damaging was an EF1 tornado in Kent County in July. The tornado started near 60th and Clyde Park SW, moving northeast through Kentwood, and ending near 44th and Kalamazoo SE. The twister traveled 6 miles, damaging homes and causing six injuries in its path. Michigan had 13 tornadoes (just short of the annual average of 15) and fortunately, no one was killed in these storms. Other severe weather incidents in the state caused one death, 13 injuries, and the most damaging severe weather season in Michigan’s history. Be vigilant whenever severe weather is in the forecast. April 12-18 is Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week.