October 7 2010
Thirty-seven seniors at Rockford High School scored 30 or better on the college entrance exam. Congratulations to all students as they now decide which college is the right fit for them! Rockford consistently has many students score 30 or higher on their ACT test – last year, over 30 students also scored 30 or higher. These students will be recognized at the October 11, 2010 Board of Education meeting at the Administration Building. Congratulations to all of the students for their outstanding accomplishment! For more information, please contact RHS Principal Dan Zang at 616-863-6030.
The Lady Rams varsity golf team has placed second in the OK Red conference. The team is led by senior captain Julie Daukss and junior Kendra Winicki, who have both been named to the First Team All-Conference. Daukss has played the season in the number-one position, carrying the lowest average on the team. Junior Megan Miller and sophomore Halle Dymowski were honorable mention All-Conference. The team’s next match is Thursday, Oct. 7, hosting regionals at Blythefield Hills Country Club. The top three teams will go on to the state finals on October 15-16, along with the top three individuals not on one of those three teams.
Independent Bank offices across the state are participating in a food drive to support local charities and food pantries throughout Michigan. The food drive, which began on September 17 and runs through October 28, will collect much needed food items for people throughout Michigan. During the food drive, customers and members of the public are invited to join Independent Bank associates in bringing non-perishable food items into any of Independent Bank’s 100 full-service banking offices. All donations collected by Independent Bank will stay local and be distributed to individuals and families within the area. “Supporting food pantries and charities in our communities is important to us,” said Kelly Wolgamott, assistant vice president of HPC marketing for Independent Bank. “Because we have locations all across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, we are able to help local families while making an impact on hunger across the state.” To donate, simply bring non-perishable food items to your local Independent Bank office by October 28.
Family Hope Foundation has awarded grants to 13 children with special needs and their families in the West Michigan community. These grants will be used to provide the children with special needs critical therapy that ordinary insurance will not cover. The grants provide up to $1,000 of therapy to each recipient. Recipients are from eight different cities across West Michigan: Delton, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Hamilton, Holland, Hudsonville, Kentwood and Zeeland. They will receive therapy at five different locations including: the Center for Childhood Development, Conductive Learning Center, Dr. Marge Penning, Easter Seals and the Franciscan Life Process Center. Family Hope Foundation was created by a small group of parents who have children with special needs. Foundation Chair Lara Kitts said, “We have experienced first hand the difference therapy has made for our children and families. We are excited to award these grants to families that otherwise would not be able to provide therapy to their children. We would not be able to help these families if it weren’t for our generous donors and the community support we’ve received. We feel so honored to have that support and belief in our vision. Because the Board is committed to covering all operating expenses, every dollar that is donated is going straight to families in our community so that our mission can make an immediate impact.” The Davidson family of Holland is one of the recent grant recipients. Their second-grade son, John, suffers with a sensory disorder that impairs his ability to properly function at school and at home. After being unemployed for over a year and having her husband’s hours and pay cut at the same time, Mrs. Davidson said, “Family Hope Foundation gave our family hope—a chance for us to get our son the therapy he deserves. Through his therapy sessions, I am learning so many things about my child and how to help him do daily activities with less frustration for all of us.” Four-year-old grant recipient, Keagan Curtis, of Grand Rapids was able to attend therapy at the Conductive Learning Center with his grant money. Keagan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after being born three months premature. His mother, Natalie Hansen, said, “Before we were given the grant opportunity from Family Hope Foundation, I […]