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July 3, 2018
New classrooms, upgraded facilities a ‘huge blessing’ at Buchanan School

When classes begin at Buchanan Elementary School this August, students and teachers will walk into 16 new classrooms, new art and music rooms and cafeteria, and a spacious new gym. The addition to the Southwest Side school is part of the $175 million bond approved by Grand Rapids voters in 2015.

June 18, 2018
Running the Good Race - From Refugee Camp to Top Student-Athlete

It was graduation day, and Jama Jafari Jama was in a bind. City High School commencement was that evening at Fountain Street Church. But first he had a race to run – the 800 meters in a regional track qualifier in Grand Haven.

There was no way he was missing the race, or the commencement.

June 8, 2018
Grand Rapids Public Schools Provides Summer Meal Program

The Grand Rapids Public Schools Nutrition Services Department will provide USDA funded summer meals in locations throughout the city. 

June 8, 2018
Project FRESH Gets Free Michigan Grown Fruits and Vegetables to WIC Recipients

The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) is offering clients of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) the opportunity to get $25 worth of free food from area farmers markets until October 31, 2018. 

June 1, 2018
New Summer Project Launched to Encourage GR Youth to Collaborate on Solving Community Issues

A local radio group is teaming up with local organizations and businesses to provide Grand Rapids area students with funding, resources and mentors to implement the change they want to see in their community.

May 25, 2018
Forum to Focus on Protecting Children by Eliminating Lead Poisoning Hazards

In partnership with the Michigan Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission (CLEEC) the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) will host two public forums to gather public input on the commission’s five-year action plan.  

May 15, 2018
Museum High School Taking Shape in Historic Building

Don’t look now, but the old Grand Rapids Public Museum building is turning into a high school. Dozens of workers are busily transforming the former museum at 54 Jefferson Ave. SE into a new high school. Come this fall, the ninth grade of Grand Rapids Public Museum Schoolwill begin classes there, expanding the program now housing 180 sixth- through eighth-graders at the Van Andel Museum Center overlooking the Grand River