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Free Swim Lessons for Students Attending Shawnee, Dickinson, and Mulick Park Schools

Free Swim Lessons for Students Attending Shawnee, Dickinson, and Mulick Park Schools

Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Novi Sad Aquatics are teaming up to offer free swimming lessons to Shawnee, Dickinson, and Mulick Park  elementary students. Topics will include water safety, comfort in and around the water, and basic mechanics of swimming.

The lessons will be taught by GRPS and GRNSA’s professional coaching staff including Coach Alex Brinks, a USA State Swimming Champion and Coach Jerron Julien, a Union High School Girls and Boys Varsity coach.

The classes will take place at the Ottawa Hills Natatorium and run from June 11th to July 21st, Monday through Thursday.

For questions or to sign up, please contact Nick Kampmueller at 616-819-2010 or e-mail him at kampmuellern@grps.k12.mi.us.

Students must bring their own swimsuit with lining, a towel, goggles (optional) and have a ride to and from the lessons.

Literary Life Bookstore & More closing in East Hills

Literary Life Bookstore & More closing in East Hills

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A bookstore in the East Hills neighborhood is closing after five years in business. Literary Life Bookstore & More is discounting its inventory as it prepares to close.

Below is a release from the bookstore regarding its sale and hours of operation:

For five years, Literary Life Bookstore & More, located at 758 Wealthy Street SE (the southwest corner of Wealthy and Eastern) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has provided the Wealthy Street neighborhood with a place to celebrate all aspects of the literary life. Sadly, the time has come to close our doors for good.

GRPS Athletics Holding Parent Meetings

GRPS Athletics Holding Parent Meetings

Each GRPS "family of schools" will be holding a K-12 athletic meeting for all parents of new, current, and potential student athletes. GRPS Athletics staff will discuss how they are building successful K-12 programs and the Athletic Director will discuss the family of schools’ road map to the student athletes' success. It is the athletic department's goal to have students graduate with the opportunity to continue their academic and athletic careers beyond high school. Student athletes are encouraged to attend with their parents.


Union Family of Schools (Union, Burton, Westwood, CA Frost, Harrison, SWCC, Buchanan, Cesar Chavez, Covell, Shawmut Hills, Sibley)
May 10th at 6:00pm in the Union High School Auditorium
 
Creston Family of Schools (Creston, Riverside, Aberdeen, Coit, Congress, East Leonard, Kent Hills, North Park, Palmer)

4th annual Mayor's Bike Ride planned for Tonight

4th annual Mayor's Bike Ride planned for Tonight

Join the fourth annual Mayor's Bike Ride tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the trailhead of Plaster Creek Trails, the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 2500 South Division Avenue.

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Grand Rapids Griffins, Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation, and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition join Grand Rapids Mayor George K. Heartwell as proud partners.

This free family friendly event introduces the average bike rider to the Grand Rapids bike trail system. The event will start at the Kroc Center and then move to the trailhead of Plaster Creek Trails which is directly connected to the Kroc Center property. The ride distance options are 2 miles or 6 miles.

4th annual Mayor's Bike Ride planned for Tuesday, May 8

4th annual Mayor's Bike Ride planned for Tuesday, May 8

Join the fourth annual Mayor's Bike Ride, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at the trailhead of Plaster Creek Trails, the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 2500 South Division Avenue.

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Grand Rapids Griffins, Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation, and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition join Grand Rapids Mayor George K. Heartwell as proud partners.

This free family friendly event introduces the average bike rider to the Grand Rapids bike trail system. The event will start at the Kroc Center and then move to the trailhead of Plaster Creek Trails which is directly connected to the Kroc Center property. The ride distance options are 2 miles or 6 miles.

Lacrosse scrimmage for charity

Lacrosse scrimmage for charity

Grand Rapids, MI - On Friday, April 13, 2012, the boy’s lacrosse teams from Forest Hills Northern/Eastern and Grand Rapids Catholic Central will be working together on their 2nd annual “You Are Not Alone” event. This year proceeds from this event will benefit the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan education programs. The scrimmage will take place at 7:00 pm at Forest Hills Eastern High School stadium with games and raffles for all ages.

The teams chose to benefit the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan education programs because suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among adolescents in Kent County and the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents nationally.  It is critical to include mental health education in our school curriculum and for students to know that they “Are Not Alone”.

Track at Houseman Field

Track at Houseman Field

Grand Rapids, MI--Grand Rapids Public Schools Creston High School Polar Bears fared well during their first track meet at Houseman Field this afternoon hosting the Northview High School Wildcats. Creston won many races including the girls 4-hundred meter. Northview also did well winning several competition including the boys 16-hundred meter. GRPS will host an invatational Track meet at Houseman Field this Satuday April 14th at 9am.