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In the News- Week of November 30

Due to Thanksgiving break, we have two weeks worth of good news to share! Plaza Roosevelt and Turkey Trot were the hot topics. 

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GRPS Hosting FIRST® LEGO® League Tournament

Girls around robotics tableGrand Rapids Public Schools is hosting the annual “ROBO Battle of the Minds”, a FIRST® LEGO® League tournament, on Saturday, December 3. A total of 26 teams from Grand Rapids Public Schools and other districts will compete. The competition will afford several outstanding teams an opportunity to advance to one of the state tournaments.

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Rosa Parks Committee plans commemorative bus ride and announcement of Essay Contest Winners

Rosa Parks statueToday, Dec. 1, on occasion of the 61th anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, the Rosa Parks Sculpture Committee announced plans for a special event. The committee will commemorate Rosa Parks’ stand on Friday, Dec. 9 by hosting a symbolic bus ride to the Rapid Central Station where the Education Committee will announce winners of its middle and high school essay contest at a press conference. 

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Campus Elementary Set to Launch Safe Routes to School Campaign with Walking School Bus

This Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:30am Campus Elementary will launch a Walking School Bus. Led by adult walking leaders, the Walking School Bus allows students to walk together to school. The Safe Routes to School Committee, made up of parents, neighbors, staff, Kent School Services Network, Oakdale Neighbors, and the Kent County Health Department, reviewed the list of student addresses and developed the route to best accommodate the greatest number of students. Students also received curriculum on walking and biking safety during gym classes.

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Harrison Park to Participate in Learning to Give's #GivingTuesday

Harrison Park School is participating in #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Throughout the school, teachers will use lesson plans provided by Learning to Give and the #Teach1 initiative to educate students about philanthropy.

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Health Department Offers One Week of Free Walk-in Testing in Recognition of World Aids Day 2016

More than one million people in the United States are living with HIV according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) prepares to recognize World Aids Day on Tuesday, December 1, 2016, the agency will be offering free, confidential, walk in testing during the week of November 28th – December 2nd.  The testing will take place at the Kent County Health Department’s Main Clinic, located at 700 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan during normal business hours from 8AM until 5PM. The simple finger poke test can yield preliminary results in about 20 minutes.

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Community Relations Commission encourages citizens to report discrimination concerns

Since 1953, the 9-member Community Relations Commission (CRC) has worked to develop a mutual understanding among all without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, disability, source of lawful income, sexual orientation or gender identity. As an advisory, operational and quasi-judicial body to the City Commission, the CRC strives to make Grand Rapids a welcoming and inclusive community. Among its many civil rights related duties is a responsibility to investigate complaints of discrimination and related concerns.

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Proud Parents


Grand Rapids Public Schools Proud Parents: Omar & Elizabeth

GRPS values diversity and inclusion. Our children get an opportunity for a real-world environment. More...

North Park Montessori Proud Parents: David & Ashima

We uprooted our life of 14 years in Ada, so we could live in the neighborhood and attend North Park. More...

Congress Elementary School Proud Parents: Jono & Emily

We feel so great about the staff and leadership at Congress and at GRPS. More...

Innovation Central High School Proud Parents: Scott & Suzanne

We chose Innovation Central because of the multiple college-career pathways. 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...

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...