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My Town Kalamazoo: United Way gives $7.6 million to support community programs

My Town Kalamazoo: United Way gives $7.6 million to support community programs
-------NEWS RELEASE---------KALAMAZOO, Mich. (United Way)—From early grade reading to support services for seniors, 106 programs operated by nonprofit agencies across the region are welcoming support totaling more than $7.6 million from United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region (UWBCKR).  “Because of our incredibly generous supporters, United Way is able to fund programs that are changing lives in meaningful ways,” said Michael Larson, President and CEO of UWBCKR. “More kids will learn to read well so they can succeed in school. More families will achieve financial stability. More people will embrace healthier lifestyles. More individuals in crisis will get the help they need.”  Larson said this year’s community investments, which total $7,651,690, meets or exceeds overall support provided both locally and regionally over the past several years.

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

 

(WZZM)- The Following is a list of area fireworks displays as found on michiganfireworks.com as well as communities WZZM 13 contacted. Check with local municipalities for details. All times are dusk unless noted.

 

July 1

 

Wyoming - Lamar Park - Concerts in the Park

 

July 2

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

 

Hart, Michigan - John Gurney Park Beach over Hart Lake

 

July 3

 

Allegan, Michigan - On the riverfront

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.

My Town Kalamazoo: Emergency fuel relief now available

My Town Kalamazoo: Emergency fuel relief now available

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Families who are tight on money because of costly heating bills this past winter can now sign up to get relief.

The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services’ Community Action Agency has funding available for homeowners who purchased any fuel source to heat their home between Jan. 1 and March 31, and are now facing financial hardship.  Each household can file for up to $850 in reimbursement.

The Community Action Agency also has an emergency fuel purchasing program for people who may be low or out of fuel for the colder season.  Each household may be eligible for up to $1,000. Both programs are open to all Kalamazoo County residents who meet the required federal income guidelines. Fuel funding will be available until the end of August or until all funds have been awarded.  To make an appointment of for more information, call the Kalamazoo County Community Action Agency at (269) 373-5066.

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies)—Every child will lose a portion of the academic growth they experienced this school year during the summer break; It’s called summer learning loss. The problem is becoming so apparent the National Summer Learning Association has designated Friday, June 20, Summer Learning Day.

“It is so easy for students to slip into a summertime routine that doesn’t involve reading, writing, or using their math skills,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wyckoff. “We are challenging our students to set aside time each day to devote to a book or write about a summer experience they have enjoyed. Summer should be fun and educational.”

Wyckoff has some tips to help parents curb the summer slide:

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.