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My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

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The Dental Careers program at Careerline Tech Center started the 2015 school year with state-of-the-art dental chairs allowing students to gain hands-on experience with technology used in today’s dental offices.

“These chairs allow our students to gain experience on the high-tech equipment found in the current work environment and gives our students an advantage when applying for jobs after high school,” said Denise Callaghan, dental careers instructor for CTC. “Receiving these chairs as a donation from Dr. Darren Riopelle at Little Smiles provides our students with real-world experience and helps set the stage for a successful career.”

My Town: Covering the cost of college- free guidance Jan. 12

My Town: Covering the cost of college- free guidance Jan. 12

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  Three years ago, four years of college would have cost you an average of $92,264, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.  And that price tag is only climbing higher.

To help parents and students prepare for this wallop to the wallet, Coopersville Area Public Schools will be holding a financial meeting Monday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. inside the Center Stage auditorium.  Students and parents will learn tips for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as other useful information for covering the cost of college.

FAFSAs are due March 1.

My Town Coopersville: Donate cans to help seniors celebrate

My Town Coopersville: Donate cans to help seniors celebrate

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  Help Coopersville High School seniors celebrate their final year while clearing out your kitchen this Saturday.

According to the Facebook page for Coopersville Area Public Schools, the Senior All-Night-Party Committee is holding a pop can collection drive Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Coopersville residents are encouraged to leave bags of cans on their porch labeled for the Senior All-Night Party.  People who live out of town may bring cans to the high school parking lot before noon.

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.

My Town: A Thanksgiving hero saves two loving hearts

My Town: A Thanksgiving hero saves two loving hearts

TALMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- When 78-year-old Allan TenEyck came home from the hospital after suffering a heart attack and undergoing subsequent bi-pass surgery, he never imagined that his wife of 50 years, Gloria,  would also suffer a massive heart attack two weeks later on Thanksgiving.

"When she dropped to the floor, I just knew she was dead," said Allan. "I called 911 and a family member ran to the neighbor's house for help."

To their surprise, 11th grader Jaylee Russo came over and got right to work administering CPR.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

My Town: Coopersville students are 'In The Heights'

My Town: Coopersville students are 'In The Heights'

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Take  a trip to New York without ever leaving Coopersville this weekend, as a Tony Award-winner plays out on stage.

Coopersville High Theatre Co. begins its performances of "In The Heights" Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.  Shows will run through Nov. 22.  

"In The Heights"  transports the audience to the Big Apple's Washington Heights neighborhood,  where the community is on the brink of change.   "In The Heights" won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Tickets to the Coopersville High School performances are available online at Center Stage Theatre's website.  The box office will also be selling tickets now through Friday, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.