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My Town EGR: Aquinas College hosts Earth Day event for students

My Town EGR: Aquinas College hosts Earth Day event for students

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- On April 22, 2014 Aquinas College celebrated Earth Day with a series of student activities.

Themed "Love Your Mother", the event included activities such as decorating TOMS shoes, a showing of the movie "Wall-E" and musical performances by Rhett Price and Joey Hyde. The event also featured a series of educational and fun activities sponsored by student clubs and school departments. These included a toxic cosmetic dump, recycling and compost games, do-it-yourself green cleaners, henna tattoos and beekeeping demonstrations.

Aquinas College is working to become the first zero waste college in the nation. The student Earth Day event was designed to entertain, educate and engage students on the importance of sustainability and the benefits of working towards a greener tomorrow. 

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

My Town: The Princeton Review names the nation's greenest colleges

My Town: The Princeton Review names the nation's greenest colleges

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- While many people are participating in eco-friendly activities this Earth Day,  seven Michigan colleges and universities are doing their part to help the environment on a more regular basis.

Grand Valley State University has made the cut as one of The Princeton Review’s Green Colleges.   This is the fifth consecutive year GVSU has made the list.  Nationwide, 332 schools were deemed Green Colleges, including:

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town: Tech Center students earn $66,000 in scholarships at state competition

My Town: Tech Center students earn $66,000 in scholarships at state competition

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (MUSKEGON Intermediate School District)-- Auto Collision/Refinishing and Catering & Culinary Management students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) tested their skills against their peers at the 2014 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference April 11–13, 2014 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Winners from both classes earned over $66,000 in scholarships and prizes.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  What started as a hashtag battle about the 2014 Jump Jam has turned into a friendly wager between Grand Rapids Public Schools’ superintendent and Spectrum Health’s senior vice president.

GRPS posted the hashtag battle between Theresa Weatherall Neal and Steve Heacock to YouTube last Friday.  In the video, Weatherall Neal challenges Heacock to a friendly bet on two of the Jump Jam teams, with the loser buying lunch from either the hospital or school cafeteria.  Mayor George Heartwell makes a surprise appearance at the end of the video.