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There is NO Greater Joy In Giving...

There is NO Greater Joy In Giving...

Last night, I had the wonderful opportunity to help out at Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids. I help out with many community walks and events, but I can honestly say, there is no greater joy than when I donate my time to help make brown bags for children to take home for dinner. There are over 30,000 children in Kent County living in poverty. To think that many of these children go home at night and are not fortunate enough to have one of these brown bags pains my heart.

As a helper last night my job was to put 6 cherry tomatoes in a zip lock bag for the children. Do you know how hard it was not to put 7 or 8?? 6 cherry tomatoes looked so empty in the snack bag. I overheard someone say that some children share a meal with another sibling who was not able to get a bag that day. That is only 3 tiny cherry tomatoes per child. My heart was aching to think of any child that has to live without the basics that I am so very fortunate to have.

GR School lunches will include locally grown asparagus this month!

GR School lunches will include locally grown asparagus this month!

Look for the MI Products My Michigan MI School Lunch poster in your cafeteria. Grand Rapids Public Schools Nutrition Services serves the following products from Michigan….apples, asparagus, Flatout Bread, Country Dairy Milk, Lite House Dressing and whole wheat dinner rolls and breadsticks from Sunrise Bakers. We’ll also be serving Michigan asparagus this month.  Here are a few facts about asparagus.

GRPS opens Testing-Out Schedule for June

GRPS opens Testing-Out Schedule for June

Testing out of high school courses in the Michigan Merit Curriculum is an option for students who meet or exceed the content expectations for courses required for graduation. In order to receive credit through this option, a student must test out of a course with a score of 80% or higher. Testing out is not available for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate.

If a student earns a score of 80% or higher, credit for the course will be given and the score will appear on his or her official high school transcript. The credit will count towards meeting the specific graduation requirement assigned to the course, but the test and course results, however, will not be included in the calculation of the grade point average.

Bring Tosh.O to GVSU!

Bring Tosh.O to GVSU!

Did you know there’s a nationwide contest going on among universities and Grand Valley is in the hunt? What is the prize you ask…? A live show with Comedy Central’s Tosh.O. His show displays some of the funniest content from the web and brings it to the living room of millions of people every day. GVSU, like many other campuses across the country, are working hard to get him to appear at their college. Check out the Facebook page created to learn how you can help out the Lakers!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=148622081868690&_show

GRPS to Lauch New Summer Food Program

GRPS to Lauch New Summer Food Program

Grand Rapids Public School is one of two districts nationwide set to launch and new Summer Food Program. The United States Department of Agriculture is funding the new pilot program aimed at curbing hunger and food insecurity among inner city children. GRPS prepares 21-thousand free or reduced meals a day to 86% of its student body but only 15% of those kids eat a free meal during the summer months. The new household-based summer food program will operate much like the current Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program does now. Qualified families will be chosen to receive a $60 dollar per-child debit card for the summer months of June, July and August. Parents can choose grocery items from a selected list of nutritious foods. Funding is limited to 25-hundred children for the first year but if successful the Summer Food Program could be expanded next year.

GRPS Parade of Schools

GRPS Parade of Schools

Grand Rapids Public Schools want to show you what they have to offer. A series of Open Houses at all Middle and High Schools will be held tomorrow Saturday, April 16 10:00am to Noon. Two Elementary Showcase Events will also be held at Harrison Park, 1140 Davis NW and Burton School, 2133 Buchanan SW. Staff and teachers will be on hand to answer questions and encourage enrollment in the neighborhood schools.

CC & WC students volunteer in Haiti over spring break

CC & WC students volunteer in Haiti over spring break

Students from Catholic Central and West Catholic spent Alternative Spring Break in Haiti helping people in the town of Seguin, a community about 20 miles south of Port au Prince.

Tim Ryan, director of Haiti Needs You, organized the trip with staff and parents from both high schools. The students checked water quality of home water filters, helped build latrines and provided tarp coverings to protect peoples’ corn stalk homes from the rain. They also worked and played with children in a local school.

Students who attended included, from Catholic Central: Shea Farley with her mother, Geraldine;  Leah Vicini with her mother, Mary Ann; and Joseph Leeuwenburg with his mother, Katherine. From West Catholic: McKenzie Samuelson, Kathryn Miller, Valerie Stacey, Rachel Golembiewski, Taylor TenBrock, and Jakob Berguist  with his father Dr. Michael Bergquist.

Plans are for the joint mission trip to become a yearly occurrence.