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Vista Charter Academy students advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Vista Charter Academy students advance to Regional Spelling Bee

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two Vista Charter Academy students are on their way to the Regional Spelling Bee.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, sixth grade student Eduardo Mora took the top spot among spellers in the 4-8 grade category.  Fourth grade student Maurielle Hayes was the runner-up.   Third grade student Serenity Cain won in the 1-3 grade category.

Both Eduardo and Maurielle will compete in the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 11 at Cherry Creek Elementary in Lowell. 

Vista Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth. 

New opportunities added to Lowell Community Expo

New opportunities added to Lowell Community Expo

LOWELL, Mich.—Businesses, organizations and churches can sign up now for the longest running and largest community expo in West Michigan.

This is the 18th year for the Lowell Community Expo. The event will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 22 at Lowell High School.  This year, organizers are adding two new opportunities for vendors to market more effectively at the expo.

For more information including a link to the vendor application, visit the Lowell Chamber of Commerce website here.

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.  

Murray Lake Elementary Christmas donation drive helps hundreds

Murray Lake Elementary Christmas donation drive helps hundreds

LOWELL, Mich.— Students of Murray Lake Elementary are helping to fill the cupboards of struggling  families.

The student council collected more than 900 items during its Christmas donation drive.  Student leaders then counted, organized and boxed the community donations for Flat River Outreach Ministries to pick up.

Flat River Outreach Ministries serves approximately 300 families every month.

Support Lowell Area Schools by buying art

Support Lowell Area Schools by buying art

LOWELL, Mich.-- The artwork of 120 area artists will be for sale Saturday, Dec. 7 as Rogue River Artisans holds its 31st annual Juried Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Sale.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowell High School.  Admission is $1, with the proceeds going to Red Arrow special activities.

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

Family of fallen soldier offers opportunity to Lowell children

Family of fallen soldier offers opportunity to Lowell children

LOWELL, Mich.—He died for our country, but the legacy of an Army sniper from Lowell is living on.

Sgt. Lucas T. Beachnaw died from his injuries after a gunfight in Afghanistan in January 2010.  He was just 23 years old.

The Lucas Beachnaw Memorial Scholarship was created by his family to help Lowell children experience the joy of snowboarding, just as Beachnaw did.  The scholarship is open to Lowell Area Schools students who would like to take snowboarding lessons at Cannonsburg Ski Lodge, but cannot afford it.

The deadline to apply for the Lucas Beachnaw Memorial Scholarship is November 22.  You can find the application here.