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Lowell student artists to transform downtown building

LOWELL, Mich.—A group of high school art students will team up with artist Erwin Erkfitz this summer to transform the side of a downtown building.

The students will create a mural on the side of the North Country Trail Association building.  The project is in partnership with the Lowell High School art and CAD teachers and the Lowell Area Arts Council.  A grant from the Lowell Education Foundation will help pay for the project. 

Interested artists must submit an application.  Selected students will spend a few months learning from Erkfitz and the Lowell Area Arts Council before starting on the mural.

Murray Lake Elementary awarded $250 for student health programs

Murray Lake Elementary awarded $250 for student health programs

LOWELL, Mich.— Murray Lake Elementary’s health and wellness programs are getting a boost.

On Tuesday, May 21, Mike Curtis presented a $250 check from Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan to the school.  The money will be used for health and wellness purchased for the school.

Curtis was also the school’s sponsor for ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) Day, which is meant to teach children the important role physical activity and proper nutrition play in healthy living.  ACES Day activities include dancing, aerobics, walking and running.  An estimated 1,000 Michigan schools took part in the nationwide initiative this year.

ACES in Michigan is coordinated by the Michigan Fitness Foundation and sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. 

Local school makes list of America's Most Challenging High Schools

Local school makes list of America's Most Challenging High Schools

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Mona Shores High School has made the list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”

The Washington Post compiled the Challenge Index to identify schools that are the most successful at persuwading average students to take college level courses and tests.  This year, Mona Shores High School ranks 1,078th out of 22,00 high schools nationwide, and 13th in the state of Michigan.

Nearly 400 Mona Shores High School students will participate in AP testing this spring.

Other West Michigan schools that made the list of challenging high schools include: Grand River Prep in Kentwood (#2), Black River in Holland (#4), East Grand Rapids (#8), Lowell (#13), Portage Central in Portage (#23) and Jenison (#29).

School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

The school year is wrapping up for many people, but it’s just beginning for dozens prospective Michigan State Police troopers.

Sunday, May 12, 80 men and women from across the state began the 125th Trooper Recruit School.  For the next 21 weeks, MSP members and academy staff will train the recruits in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.  Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate October 4.

Michigan State Police selected recruits from more than 3,000 potential candidates.

Lowell restaurant steps up for traditional field trip treat

Lowell restaurant steps up for traditional field trip treat

LOWELL, Mich.-- Thanks to local hometown eatery Keiser's Kitchen, students will get to their ice cream this year.

Every year at this time,  Bushnell Elementary teachers take students on a walk through the community to see how local businesses work. They  visit the  post office, bank, police station and shops. This year, thanks to Trudy Cahoon of Keiser’s Kitchen, they will also get ice cream on their walk through town.

The treat was put on hold after Ball's Softee Cream couldn't afford the rising cost of treating the students. So Cahoon stepped in to treat the kids for their $1.

 "I'll make them each clown sundaes and they can see how a restaurant works, after all, these kids are our community,” Cahoon said.

 Keiser's Kitchen has been in business since 1945.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.

Bus evacuation drills start this week

Bus evacuation drills start this week

LOWELL, Mich. (Lowell Schools Transportation Department)-- The Transportation Department will be conducting their annual Spring Evacuation drills on April 18, 19, 22 and 23.

Your child's bus driver will notify their students on which specific date their evacuation will take place. This will take about 15 minutes and may delay your child's bus ride home. We appreciate your cooperation and attention in this matter. If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Department at 616-987-2540.