Longform Elizabeth Koschmann, director of the University of Michigan's TRAILS program, which is offering free social-emotional learning training and curricula to Michigan schools.

Michigan is expanding mental health services in schools – and equipping teachers to implement them

A University of Michigan program is providing teachers much-needed support to implement social-emotional learning in the classroom.

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Virtual Pitch Competition seeks to grow Michigan’s outdoor recreation sector

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), The Right Place and the Department of Natural Resources’ Michigan Outdoor Recreation Industry Office to host a Virtual Pitch Competition for small outdoor recreation businesses in Lake, Mason, Newago and Oceana counties.

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Transitioning back to indoor gigs: How local venues are adapting

Perhaps one of the industries most impacted by the ongoing pandemic has been the live entertainment industry. After local independent music venues were shuttered for over a year, many have reopened their doors to musicians and fans alike. With reopening, comes new COVID-safety protocols and challenges faced.

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Enhancing community pride, boosting tourism and adding beauty through public art

Three local organizations are working together to bring international artist, Kelsey Montague, to the West Side to complete a public art project. The grassroots project, which is expected to be completed by October, provides an opportunity for residents and businesses to support the barrier-free, neighborhood-enhancing beautification plan.

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"We're exhausted": Michigan's school nurses take on heavy burden with COVID-19

When COVID-19 shut schools down, school nurses found themselves with even more work to do.

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Ushering in another back-to-school season

Whether in-person, hybrid or fully online, students, parents and educators are beginning a new school year. Rapid Growth Media photographer, Autumn Johnson, connected with a student as well as several teachers as they prepared for the upcoming year.

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Henry Ford Health System Food Navigators build better nutrition in Wayne and Macomb counties

Like their counterparts across the state, Henry Ford Health System Farmers Market Food Navigators help shoppers get the most out of their food dollars when purchasing fresh, healthy foods for their families at their local farmers markets.  

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Calhoun ISD: Schools grow gardens and healthy habits with students and communities

The Calhoun Intermediate School District's Shaping Positive Lifestyles and Attitudes through School Health (SPLASH) programming has inspired healthy changes in the classroom, students' homes, and schoolyards.

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Feeding the soul and the mind: How KDL serves lifelong learners in the aging population

Kent District Library offers specific, catered services to best reach its aging patrons throughout the community. By utilizing the Talking Book & Braille Center, pop-up libraries and bookmobile visits to local retirement centers and assisted living centers, KDL aims to serve lifelong learners and readers.

Feature Story Spring Lake Village Council members and other local officials gathered Aug. 21 to officially launch the construction project by turning shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony at the riverfront park.

'Wonderful collaboration' transforming Spring Lake waterfront park

Construction begins this week on Tanglefoot Park in Spring Lake. The overhaul of the waterfront park, which has been in the works for about three years, is expected to be completed in May, according to village officials.

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Rapid Reconnect: A Q & A with Muskegon Innovation Hub Director Kevin Ricco

Over the past few years, the Muskegon Innovation Hub has been able to continuously increase its economic impact within the lakeshore community. Though the Hub has experienced change both internally and within its membership over the past year and a half, overall, reports remain positive. Kevin Ricco, the Hub’s director, is optimistic about what is to come, especially for those businesses that are prepared.

Feature Story The Holland Museum’s new exhibit, United for Progress: The LAUP Story, opens Aug. 20.

Celebrate the history of LAUP with a new Holland Museum exhibit

The Holland Museum’s new exhibit, United for Progress: The LAUP Story, opens Aug. 20. It explores the history of the community’s oldest Hispanic organization, how it has evolved, and how it continues to serve today. 

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Grand Rapids goes Gangnam Style

The Gangnam District of Seoul is Grand Rapids' newest Sister City.

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Gentex is offering stock options among other perks to attract workers

Gentex has increased wages and is now offering company stock for hourly employees. The manufacturer has also launched Spanish-speaking assembly lines.

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"Just keep that person alive": Michigan's harm reduction strategies prevent opioid overdoses

The practice of minimizing harmful effects for those who use opioids is sometimes controversial, yet also quickly gaining recognition and acceptance for its effectiveness.

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Walsh's Online MBA Retains Tier One Ranking for Third Year

For the third consecutive year, Walsh’s online MBA program has been ranked a Tier One Global Online MBA by CEO Magazine. Walsh earned the highest ranking of three Michigan schools on the list.

Partner Content Campers at the YMCA summer day camp at Petoskey's Ottawa Elementary School play a game, hosted by Health Department of Northwest Michigan staff, in which they try to guess what fruit or vegetable is in a bag without looking.

SNAP-Ed plays a part in creating community health hubs in schools

A vibrant collaboration between the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and the rural school districts in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties has helped transform school buildings into community hubs where residents learn to live healthier lives. 

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Michigan native returns to open Grand Rapids School of Dance

Returning to Michigan after more than 20 years, dancer, teacher and father, Jon Upleger is opening the Grand Rapids School of Dance.

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National REP4 Conference gives platform for high schoolers to pitch ideas to leaders at GVSU

GVSU hosted a virtual event as part of REP4, a national alliance of six colleges. The event provided high school students the opportunity to pitch their ideas of increased equity and accessibility to higher education leaders.

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GRCC offers incentive for fall students to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Grand Rapids Community College fall semester students who have already received the vaccine or who are fully vaccinated by Nov. 15 will receive a $200 credit on their RaiderCard accounts. GRCC also plans on-campus vaccination clinics and is requiring face coverings when indoors on campus.

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