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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 Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

WHITEHALL, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Thursday,  Aug. 14.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at Lebanon Lutheran Church, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. The event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. 

The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. Mission for Area People will hold two more distribution events at the following times:

Churches begin giving away free school supplies

Churches begin giving away free school supplies

Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids will soon begin distributing 1,500 free backpacks stocked with school supplies during a series of events hosted by area churches.  The events begin in Holton on Saturday, August 2, 2014, and end on August 27, 2014 in Muskegon Norton Shores/Spring Lake. Each child must be accompanied by an adult parent or legal guardian to receive a backpack. ID is required for both adults and children. Supplies are limited and are given away on a first come, first served basis.

 

Distribution sites include The Gateway Church in Norton Shores/Spring Lake, Holton United Methodist in Holton, Lebanon Lutheran in Whitehall, Samuel Lutheran Church in downtown Muskegon, and Mission for Area People in Muskegon Heights.

 

My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Human Services is teaming up with Grand Valley State University to measure the success of a family support program in more than 150 Michigan schools.

A three-year, $1.05 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will go toward measuring the impact of the Pathways to Potential program in Michigan.  The program places DHS case workers in schools to make it easier for children and their families to address barriers to their safety, health, education, attendance and self-sufficiency.

“We know that many children struggle in school because of outside of school challenges affecting both students and their families,” Gov. Snyder said. “The goal of Pathways to Potential is to reduce or eliminate those challenges by conveniently connecting families to the services they need to help everyone become more successful.”

My Town: Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy now hiring

My Town: Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy now hiring

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—The new Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy System is looking to hire additional faculty and staff.

The school system is in need of math teachers for grades 7-8 and 9-12, as well as a library media specialist/librarian for grades 9-12.  The positions are full-time during the academic year.  Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree or higher, as well as a valid teaching certificate.  Applications are due by 4 p.m. July 29.

Applications may be emailed to smccarty@mhtigers.org or by mail to:

Alena Zachery-Ross

Superintendent of Schools

Muskegon Heights High School

2441 Sanford Street

Muskegon Heights, MI 49444-2121

Last month, Muskegon Heights Public School Academy decided to “self manage” its district.  The MAISD will provide business services for the district.

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   A Grand Rapids woman who pioneered a program to help feed children in need is earning recognition from the state.

On June 30, Mary K. Hoodhood accepted the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism.  The award is the most prestigious of the Governor’s Service Awards, honoring an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to their community. 

In 1980, a vehicle accident put Hoodhood in a wheelchair, but also started her on a path to volunteering, which began with the Meals on Wheels program at God’s Kitchen.  In 2001, she founded Kids' Food Basket to combat childhood hunger.  The program started by providing evening meals to 125 children at three Grand Rapids public schools; now 5,700 children at 32 schools in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming rely on it, as well as 600 kids at two Muskegon schools.

My Town: New superintendent takes over the helm at MAISD

My Town: New superintendent takes over the helm at MAISD

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.— Dr. John Severson is officially on the job as Muskegon Area Intermediate School's superintendent.

Severson officially takes over the post July 1, one day after the retirement of former superintendent Dave Sipka. The MAISD board officially offered the position to Severson on May 29.

Severson previously served as superintendent of Harper Creek Community Schools for a decade.  He also worked as a community education administrator at Portage Public Schools and principal of Harper Creek High School.  He holds a doctorate and master’s in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.