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Celebrating the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation's 15th Annual MindShare Gala

Celebrating the students of Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and inspiring with its stories, the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation (GRSAF) will host the 15th annual MindShare on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.  Hundreds of community members will come together to celebrate GRPS students, teachers and others who partner to help students achieve.  Generously presented by Amway, MindShare 2018: Be a Building Block promises to deliver an evening that will inspire and empower.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.  The evening includes dinner with student and alumni entertainment. Tickets are available in advance for $125 per person on the GRSAF website at

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Statewide reading decline: how some high-poverty schools buck the trend

The bad news: Michigan’s third-graders showed the greatest decline in reading proficiency compared with their test-taking peers in other states. The encouraging news: a few schools in Wyoming and Grand Rapids public schools are showing impressive results compared with students statewide, in both reading and math, despite high poverty rates and large Latino populations.

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Components of a Safe School

One of the things that makes school shootings so scary is that they seem so random. However, we believe that school shootings are predictable, and if you can predict them, you can prevent them.

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Kristen Trovillion Named WMEAC's 2018 Woman of Inspiration

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) announced the 2018 Women and the Environment Hidden Heroine Awards Recipients. This year marks the 7th annual Hidden Heroine Award Ceremony, presented at the Peggy Shepard Keynote Speaker & Awards Reception on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Congratulations to Grand Rapids Public Schools' Kristen Trovillion who was awarded the 2018  Woman of Inspiration Award. 

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Urban League, GRCC, GRPS & GVSU Present 3rd Annual African American Male Achievement Conference

The 3rd Annual African American Male Achievement Conference is being held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 9:00a – 2:00p at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse and Applied Tech Center. This year’s theme is: Challenges, Choices and Change. The conference is a partnership between the Urban League of West Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Valley State University. The speakers will present in a “TED Talk” style. They include: Alvin Hills, IV of Endless Opportunities, Parris McMurray of Grand Rapids Public Schools, Cole Williams of Cole Speaks, Dr. Bill Pink of Grand Rapids Community College, Larry Johnson of
Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Jon Covington of 97.3 FM – The Beat.

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Shawmut Hills & SWCC Receive New Water Fountains/Bottle Filling Stations

Shawmut Hills and Southwest Community Campus are among 61 schools in the state that will soon have new water fountains and bottle filling stations.

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Whitecaps Community Foundation to Donate 5,000 Books

The Whitecaps Community Foundation is celebrating “March is Reading Month” in a big way this year, by donating 5,000 books to local Grand Rapids elementary schools.  The book donations will benefit the students of 15 Grand Rapids Public Schools recommended for the program based on their needs and their potential for impacting as large a student group as possible.

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