Rescheduled We Are GR School Choice Expo
WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 2015-NEW DATE!
WHERE: City High Middle School
1720 Plainfield Ave NE
We Are GR News
Grand Rapids’ Economic Development Chief Recognized as one of America’s Brightest
Kara Wood, economic development director for the City of Grand Rapids, is being recognized for her contributions to Grand Rapids’ progressive growth and for her active role in advancing her profession. Wood is listed as one of the nation’s brightest stars in Development Counsellors International’s (DCI), “40 Under 40 Awards,” the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.
GRPS Reschedules We Are GR School Choice Expo
WHAT: Grand Rapids Public Schools We Are GR School Choice Expo
WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
WHERE: City High Middle School
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Announces Results of 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest
The 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.
New Director of Parks and Recreation Announced
David 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.
Strong Neighborhoods, Strong Cities: Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit
Dozens of innovative ideas and creative ways to improve Grand Rapids’ unique neighborhoods will be examined during a March 13 Neighborhood Summit sponsored by the city. The Strong Neighborhoods, Strong City: Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit 2015 event, held in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public School District, is scheduled for Friday, March 13 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at GRPS University located at 1400 Fuller Ave NE.
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.
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.