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No Fireworks on the 4th of July in Grand Rapids, MI?????

No Fireworks on the 4th of July in Grand Rapids, MI?????

Fourth of July in Grand Rapids, MI. When is 4th of July in Grand Rapids, MI not 4th of July? When someone decided exciting and important things such as Fireworks gets delayed to the 5th of July.

This kind of reminds me of Rogers City, MI., a town up north on Lake Huron, where I grew up.  We use to have great 4th of July celebrations until one year the town council decided having a Nautical Festival the first weekend in August was much more important than the 4th of July. After that, 4th of July was just another day and residents left Rogers City and traveled to surrounding communities to see fireworks on the 4th. It’s no wonder that town today is a dying community; nothing exciting going on there anymore.

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies)—Every child will lose a portion of the academic growth they experienced this school year during the summer break; It’s called summer learning loss. The problem is becoming so apparent the National Summer Learning Association has designated Friday, June 20, Summer Learning Day.

“It is so easy for students to slip into a summertime routine that doesn’t involve reading, writing, or using their math skills,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wyckoff. “We are challenging our students to set aside time each day to devote to a book or write about a summer experience they have enjoyed. Summer should be fun and educational.”

Wyckoff has some tips to help parents curb the summer slide:

My Town GR West: John Ball Zoo summer camp ready for children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—School is out for most districts, which means it’s time for summer camp at John Ball Zoo.

Sessions are open to children and teenagers up to those entering 9th grade.  Kids attending the camp get hands-on experience at the zoo, from fixing up treats for the animals to caring for the wildlife habitats.

“I think there are a lot of returners.  We get a lot of kids who start at three years old and we seem them until they enter our teen volunteer program.  When they go home, you got to maybe screen the 3-year-old when they say they fed the lions,” says John Ball Zoo’s Rhiannon Mulligan with a laugh.

For more information about the John Ball Zoo’s camp opportunities, visit the zoo website here.

My Town GR West: John Ball Zoo summer camp ready for children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—School is out for most districts, which means it’s time for summer camp at John Ball Zoo.

Sessions are open to children and teenagers up to those entering 9th grade.  Kids attending the camp get hands-on experience at the zoo, from fixing up treats for the animals to caring for the wildlife habitats.

“I think there are a lot of returners.  We get a lot of kids who start at three years old and we seem them until they enter our teen volunteer program.  When they go home, you got to maybe screen the 3-year-old when they say they fed the lions,” says John Ball Zoo’s Rhiannon Mulligan with a laugh.

For more information about the John Ball Zoo’s camp opportunities, visit the zoo website here.

Committed to Influencing Today's Youth

Committed to Influencing Today's Youth

By Marla Miller

This story originally ran in the Grand Rapids Urban Innovation Exchange

With the mission to restore and refocus at-risk youth, Grand C.I.T.Y.