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Mt. Pleasant Public Schools implementing mental health program using $9 million shared grant

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe received a $9 million grant to implement a program that addresses the mental health of students in three Mid-Michigan school districts. The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the five-year grant award to the SCIT to implement Project AWARE, according to a news release sent out by the tribe on April 3. Project Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (AWARE) is a program to aimed at addressing mental health in school-aged youth, according to the SAMHSA website. This is done by providing mental health and crisis intervention skills training to staff and intro

Grand Rapids gets grant to create outdoor experiences for kids and families

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Outdoor Foundation is investing $1.8 million into Grand Rapids and three other communities to get kids and families of diverse backgrounds outside to enjoy nature’s health and wellness benefits. Officials said Monday, April 15, the city received a three-year, $410,000 grant. The Parks and Recreation Department will work with Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Grand Rapids Environmental Education Network (GREEN) to create outdoor experiences. The other three communities selected for the Outdoor Foundation’s inaugural Thrive Outside Community Initiative are Atlanta, San Diego and Oklahoma City. “Grand Rapids has established a national reputation as a progressive leader,

April 15 Is Tax Day

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Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael F. Rice seeks state superintendency

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice said he is seeking the state superintendency because it is an important time for the future of education in Michigan. The State Board of Education named five finalists, including Rice, who will interview for the state superintendent position, the board announced after a special meeting Friday, April 5. The local superintendent is seeking the statewide leadership position because it’s a “generational moment” for school funding, literacy, and accountability in the state and the teaching profession, Rice said after a Kalamazoo school board meeting Thursday, April 11. “It’s an important moment in Michigan education history,” h

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