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Kalamazoo Transforms Into Medieval Mecca for Next Four Days

Kalamazoo Transforms Into Medieval Mecca for Next Four Days

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Some 3,000 of the world's leading scholars on all aspects of the Middle Ages are on the campus of Western Michigan University starting today to attend the 50th gathering of the International Congress on Medieval Studies.

        The medieval roots of modern culture, from law and climate change to ISIS and veterinary medicine, will be the topics of more than 500 presentations, panels, workshops, fine arts performances and living history demonstrations. Activities for the May 14-17 congress begin each day at 8 a.m. and run late into each evening to accommodate more than 100 meetings of professional organizations, programs and publishers.

‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund

‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund

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KALAMAZOO—First Day Shoe Fund is excited to announce the return of its "Brews & Shoes" event on Wednesday, May 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arcadia Brewing Company, 701 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness for First Day Shoe Fund’s mission, generate additional supporters and volunteers, and collect monetary and shoe donations in support of future work in the community.

Admission to the event is a minimum donation of $10 or a new pair of athletic shoes per person. Preferred shoe sizes are youth size 11 through adult size 10.

Event attendees will receive one drink ticket and light appetizers.

Each year, First Day Shoe Fund works to distribute a new pair of athletic shoes to children in Kalamazoo, Comstock, and WoodsEdge schools who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools is Hiring. They are looking for Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Ed Personnel and Support Staff.

The Job Fair for these positions is taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 4 – 6pm at the W. Main Professional Development Center, located at 1627 W. Main in Kalamazoo, MI.

If you would like to pre-register and be considered for interviews on May 12th, please RSVP before May 1st at hivelynl@kalamazoo.k12.mi.us or visit the website at www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

Rotarians Going Back to School To Encourage Early Age Literacy, Higher Education

Rotarians Going Back to School To Encourage Early Age Literacy, Higher Education

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Nearly 1,100 second-graders will be entertained and encouraged as members of the Kalamazoo Rotary stop by their classrooms for the annual Rotary Is For Reading. The project promotes childhood literacy while challenging kids to pursue higher education.

"We want to plant the seed of higher education in these young minds so it can sprout during their school years and bloom beyond graduation," said Rotary Club President Joe Brogger.

Launched six years ago, Rotary Is For Reading deploys local Rotarians to 58 classrooms in 17 elementary schools in the Kalamazoo Public School system. According to Kay Palan, Dean of Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business, more than 60 Rotary Club members are signed up to participate this year.

My Town Kalamazoo: Celebrating a promise kept for a decade

My Town Kalamazoo: Celebrating a promise kept for a decade

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— A decade ago, Kalamazoo made a promise, which has now sent thousands of teenagers to college.

The Kalamazoo Promise is marking its ten-year milestone this year. Officials with the program say it is responsible for 4,000 scholarships totaling more than $60 million. 

The Kalamazoo Promise, which sparked a national movement, pays the full tuition of Kalamazoo Public School graduates who attend any college or university in Michigan.  Nearly 50 communities across the country have since adopted the free tuition model.

“In our city, that has meant changing our culture, knocking down barriers and raising expectations. We’ve really just begun, but we’ve accomplished so much already that the 10-year anniversary is a milestone we need to mark and leverage as we set the stage for the next 10 years,” said Von Washington Jr., The Kalamazoo Promise executive director for community relations.

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.