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My Town Lowell: Perennial Plant Sale returns this weekend

My Town Lowell: Perennial Plant Sale returns this weekend

LOWELL, Mich.—Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the gardening season for many greenthumbs, making it a perfect time for Lowell’s annual Perennial Plant Sale Fundraiser.

Hundreds of perennials donated by residents, businesses and the City of Lowell will be on sale at 520 North Monroe Street, from Saturday through Monday.  The plants will range in price from $0.50 to $3, with proceeds going to Exit 52 & Almost Home- Lowell Winter Guards. 

The plant sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and before and after the Memorial Day parade on Monday.  Plant donations will be accepted before and during the sale.  For more information, call (616) 897-7808.

My Town: Ten local schools among most challenging in the state

My Town: Ten local schools among most challenging in the state

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids is home to one of the most challenging high schools in the Midwest, according to the Washington Post.

City High Middle School ranked fourth on the publication’s list of Michigan schools and is among the top two percent of high schools in the country.  The Washington Post based its rankings on the number college-level tests administered at the school in a single academic year, divided by the number of graduates that year.  City High Middle School has been consistently ranked among the top high schools in America.

The West Michigan schools that made this year’s list include:

My Town Lowell: Three-school Food Fight enters final round

My Town Lowell: Three-school Food Fight enters final round

LOWELL, Mich.--   The Food Fight between Murray Lake, Cherry Creek and Alto elementary schools is entering its final round.

The principal of Murray Lake is rallying students to collect non-perishable food donations for the competition, which runs through May 16.  As of May 9, principal Brent Noskey says Cherry Creek had collected 521 items  for the Flat River Outreach Ministries’ Food Fight.  Alto had 429 items, followed by Murray Lake with 138 items.

All of the non-perishables will be sent to FROM to stock the pantry, which commonly sees donations drop during the summer.  The Lowell community Food Fight will kick off June 1. 

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.

My Town Lowell: Lowell High School hosts Food Fight scrimmage

My Town Lowell: Lowell High School hosts Food Fight scrimmage
 

LOWELL, Mich.— Lowell High School will kick off  the annual community Food Fight with a pre-game scrimmage this Monday, April 21.

This is the sixth year for the friendly competition by Flat River Outreach Ministries. Each year, community members choose to join the North Team or the South Team to collect financial donations non-perishable foods to fill the shelves at FROM’s pantry. The food is distributed to local families facing hardship.

The community challenge officially begins June 1.  Donations begin at $1 for team sponsorships, all the way up to $600 or more for team manager.  For more information about how to sign up and donate, call FROM at (616) 897-8260.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town Lowell: Experience Poverty FROM the heart April 22

My Town Lowell: Experience Poverty FROM the heart April 22

LOWELL, Mich.—One in seven Americans does not have the resources to provide for themselves or their family.

That’s according to Flat River Outreach Ministries, which is encouraging community members to experience Poverty FROM the heart on Tuesday April 22.  Participants will learn what poverty feels like during the simulation, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gymnasium at Lowell High School.

The cost is $10 for adults; the event is free to high school students. To register, call (616) 897-8260 ext. 26 or email tamelas@fromlowell.org.