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Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientation

Giving back to the community is a fulfilling purpose and helping an adult, improve their English language, reading and writing skills is the perfect opportunity.

This orientation gives possible volunteers an understanding of the Literacy Center of West Michigan programs, the chance to meet a staff member, learn how to volunteer to assist an adult who is working to better their language skills, while interacting with those who have the same literacy enthusiasm.

This Volunteer Orientation takes place on Tuesday, October 26 from 10:00am – 11:00am at The Literacy Center of West Michigan located at 1120 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 240 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Visit www.literacycenterwm.org for more information about the Literacy Center.

Call: (616)459-5151 or e-mail info@literacycenterwm.org to RSVP.

Zoo Goes Boo Returns

Zoo Goes Boo Returns

Let’s get this Zoo Goes Boo party started! Superhero is the theme for this favorite Halloween Ritual.

Community families are invited to visit the Zoo located at 1300 W Fulton St. in Grand Rapids this weekend, October 21, 22 & 23 or next weekend, October 28, 29, & 30 in their costumes! From 10:00am to 3:00pm each day families can check out the Zoo all decked out, enjoy special animal demos plus live entertainment. Don’t miss the treat booths!

Since this is a children’s event, adults in costume are encouraged to dress appropriately.

Admission can be purchased at the gate for: $8/person, $3/person for members, 1 year old & under are free.

Call: (616)336-4300 or visit: www.jbzoo.org for more details.

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Rainbow Child Care Center locations throughout West Michigan teamed up with Kids’ Food Basket, a local nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger, to support children experiencing food insecurity. The preschool students decorated brown paper bags for children aided by Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program, which serves 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan.

All eight West Michigan Rainbow Child Care Center locations decorated 1,400 bags with positive images using crayons and markers. Each decorated sack not only provides a well-rounded nutritious meal critical to the development of the brain and body, but also helps brighten each recipient’s day.

Public Night at the Observatory on Saturday

Public Night at the Observatory on Saturday

The public is invited to experience sky objects above, 2 Saturdays a month through October at the James C. Veen Observatory.

Visitors have the opportunity to experience the night skies on Saturday, September 24 from 8:30pm to midnight with Veen Observatory telescopes and member’s equipment. The night sky will feature Saturn and Neptune, along with deep Sky Objects such as nebulas, galaxies & various star clusters.This is also a chance to tour the facility & check out the audio visual presentation about the Observatory & the GRAAA.

This Public Night takes place only if the sky is clear. Starting times vary with the sunset. It is a quarter mile walk from the parking area to the top of the hill. If need, ask the lot attendant about assistance to the Observatory.

James C. Veen Observatory is located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Twp., MI 49331.

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Virtual Education Offers Frequent Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Parents want the best education for their children. Increased engagement with their child’s school gives them an opportunity to see that through. School choices continue to emerge, with online education thriving amongst families in the United States with a 58 percent increase in enrollment since 2010.

Great Lakes Cyber Academy is a tuition free school serving students in grades 6-12. As an online school, Great Lakes Cyber Academy allows local families from communities like city to learn from the comfort of their own homes, or wherever there is an internet connection. Enrollment numbers continue to increase with this learning model because of satisfaction with virtual education, the level of expertise through online institutions and the rigorous curriculum of the offered programs. One of the primary benefits of Great Lakes Cyber Academy is the level of parent engagement across all grade levels.

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Grand Rapids School Receives High Marks From Local Parents

Approximately 94 percent of parents whose children are enrolled at Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids would recommend the school, according to a recent parent satisfaction survey. The blended learning school delivers a combination of online and face-to-face instruction in an engaging and flexible educational setting committed to making each student’s success a priority, .

The 2015-16 survey was administered by an independent market research company, which created the questionnaire, collected the data, and tabulated the results. High marks were achieved with 89 percent of Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids parents giving the school an A or B grade.