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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Rockford Farm Market vendor enlists high school students

My Town: Rockford Farm Market vendor enlists high school students

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Local grower extraordinaire Jack Urben has come up with a way to sell his in-demand sweet corn at America's Favorite Farmers Market in Rockford on Saturday mornings.

Boasting the sweetest of sweet corn, hobby-farmer Jack Urben has built such a huge following of believers that he found it difficult to keep up with the demand of throngs of people who attend the iconic Rockford Farm Market every Saturday morning. In a collaborative venture with Rockford Public Schools, Urben has recruited six junior and senior student council members to staff his farm market stall during what appears to be a record corn harvest.

"These personable and enthusiastic students will be further educated by engaging in people-to-people skills the likes of eye-contact, greetings and thank yous, and money handling without having to resort to a computer or that "brain" that they carry around in their hands," said Urben. 

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town: Family entertainment comes to the Rockford Stage with 'Cheaper by the Dozen' Aug. 7-9

My Town: Family entertainment comes to the Rockford Stage with 'Cheaper by the Dozen' Aug. 7-9

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- The Rogue River Community Theatre Company is offering families a unique way to beat boredom during the dog days of summer with its first summer stage production.

"Cheaper by the Dozen," a loveable, time-honored story, will be presented in the North Rockford Middle School auditorium beginning this evening Thursday, Aug. 7 and running through Saturday, Aug. 9.

The cast of 17 actors ranges in age from 7 to 70. The story is based on the celebrated children's novel published in 1948 and made into a movie in 1950 and again in 2003. It's a coming-of-age story about the oldest of 12 children and her interactions with family, notably her parents. The play is narrated by two of the older siblings.

"'Cheaper by the Dozen' will really play with the audience's emotions,'' director Shannon Rop said. "It has funny, sad, happy and poignant moments.''

My Town: Grand Rapids Community College celebrates centennial with '100 Ways to Give'

My Town: Grand Rapids Community College celebrates centennial with '100 Ways to Give'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating its centennial anniversary, but the birthday presents are going to local charities and organizations.

College faculty and staff created the 100 Ways to Give program, which includes service projects throughout the community.

“GRCC cannot properly celebrate 100 years without including the community that has given us our name and our mission,” said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “West Michigan has made us what we are today, and it is a privilege to share this milestone with organizations and people who do so much good for our area.”

GRCC’s Grants and Resource Development Office launched the first project this month.  They’re trying to collect 100 items for care packages that will go to foster children at the D.A. Blodgett- St. John’s Home.

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.