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Lowell students will all gather to form a big pink arrow

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Friday September 10th is a big day in Lowell.  The Red Arrows will take on the Kenowa Hills Knights during Friday Night Football. Friday is also the big push for the Third Annual Pink Arrow Campaign. The project raises money for cancer victims, their families and the Lowell Gilda's Club.

Friday morning students from across the district will gather to take a huge picture shaped like a 'pink arrow.'  Lowell Superintendent Greg Pratt says in addition to being fun, the picture is typically used to motivate students to get behind the effort. Lowell has a student body of a little less than 3,900 said Pratt.

The picture will be taken between 9am-10am at the Red Arrow Memorial Stadium at the High School on Vergennes Road.

Lowell Students head back to school

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Lowell schools turn to Michigan made fundraiser

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM)- For Jarrod Napierkowski, carving wood started out as a hobby. Five years later, it's turned into a small business.

"Someone said those would make good earrings. So, I gave it a shot and started doing it."

Jarrod now makes all kinds of jewelry out of wood or seeds he finds on his journeys. His products are sold through his dad's fundraising business called "Great Lakes Promotions".

Rich Napierkowski says, "We have 20 people that own businesses who have products in our brochure. specifically designed for Michigan."

Most of the products go to school fundraisers. They range from hand-made soaps from Muskegon, to hand-knitted bottle "cozies" from Grand Rapids. Rich's wife has also developed a coloring book. "What we've tried to do with this coloring book, is create over 100 pictures from the Upper/Lower Peninsulas of unique areas."

Driver killed after car crashes, ignites near Lowell

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- The driver involved in a single-car accident at the corner of Bennett and Cumberland SE near Lowell was killed Sunday morning, after their car burst into flames.

Police responded to the accident shortly before 9:30 Sunday morning. When they arrived, they say the car was fully engulfed in flames.

Investigators with the Kent County Sheriff's Department say the car, a Chrysler PT Cruiser, was traveling East on Bennett when the driver ran a stop sign at the corner of Cumberland sometime shortly before 9:00.

The car struck an embankment and flew several feet into a line of cable wiring before it came to rest in the woods behind the intersection.

Neighbors say they heard a series of nearly ten "loud popping noises" coming from the accident's direction before seeing smoke.

Movie 'Playback' films at Lowell High School

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM)- A cast of young actors took over Lowell High School Friday to film scenes for a new thriller. 

The movie "Playback" follows a group of high school students who unlock something evil while digging into their town's infamous past.  More than 100 people from West Michigan are working on the movie as crew members and extras. 

A portion of the movie will be filmed inside WZZM 13's studios next week. 

Filming for "Playback" will wrap up at the end of the month.

Another movie filmed in Lowell

(Lowell) Mich. (WZZM)Lowell High School is the setting for a new thriller movie being shot in West Michigan.  It's called Playback and filming will run through the end of September.  

Playback follows a group of high school students who dig into their towns infamous past and unwittingly unlock Evil that corrupts and destroys them.

The evil possesses victims through video playback and targets one teenager in particular.  It threatens to expose the towns deepest darkest secrets.

Part of the film will also be shot at the WZZM 13 studios. Genesis Code was also shot in Lowell and is now playing at local theaters.

 

"Playback" Cast on Take Five & Casting Notice

Grand Rapids, MI (TAKE FIVE & CO.) -- So far this summer, West Michigan has been home to a movie about 30 minute robbery, a football team ... now a horror thriller with the new movie "PLAYBACK".  The movie is produced by John Bennett and Lawrence Robbins for the New York City-based Bennett-Robbins Production LLC.

"Playback" began filming this week at the music store Beat Goes On. Production is expected to wrap at the end of September with additional locations to include East Grand Rapids, Lowell High School, and WZZM 13.

The young cast includes Toby Hemingway (Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" and Taylor Swift's music video for "Mine"), Alessandra Torresani (SyFy's "Caprica"), Ambyr Childers ("All My Children"), Darryl Mitchell (Fox's "Brothers), and Dearborn native Johnny Pacar ("Make It or Break It").

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