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Back to School across West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - It is Back to School day for most students around West Michigan today.

Grand Rapids Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor walked the red carpet at Gerald R. Ford Middle School with one of many students to kick off the day.

About 50 community leaders who are part of the Believe 2Become initiative; city council members, school leaders, and other prominent community members are acting as the paparrazi for the event.

A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday morning for the newly renovated and refurbished school of business, leadership and entrepreneurship at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids.

The school partnered with Amway for the program that started last year as one of four centers of innovation. Ottawa Hills renovated part of its building to house the school of business. Amway along with Steelcase and Custer Workplace worked on equipping it with the latest technology.

GRPS Spokesman John Helmholdt says, "Every child in this district deserves a beautiful renovated or new facility like this. You're going to have all the tools, the latest technology to support that instruction because technology is moving, it's changing everyday and our kids are going to be a step behind unless we engage them and bring them the technology and the tools that's going to prepare them for the 21st century workforce."