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Cedar View Students are giving back! The Leadership Teams are on a mission!


When the 4th grade Student Leadership Team contemplated how they wanted to improve their school this year, they decided they were going to look outside of the school walls and into their own community.  By starting a “Penny War” between classrooms, they managed to raise more than $840 dollars to which they donated to the North Kent Service Center!  Each classroom had a jar and students from their home classrooms could fill the jar with pennies.  However, students from other classrooms could offset the amount of pennies by contributing quarters, nickels, and dimes.  The only way to make up the difference was to add more pennies!  Fun was had by all and best of all, they were able to contribute to a great program!  Awesome job, 4th graders!

The 5th grade Student Leadership Team was not far behind with their own idea of having a food and clothing collection for those in need.  During a two week period, they managed to collect five totes of clothing and a large amount of food!  Donations will be delivered to Degage Ministries in Grand Rapids, where the team will spend some time during the dinner hour helping out and meeting some of the staff and clients.

We are very proud of our Leadership Teams and their dedication to helping others!

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Donations needed for Easter baskets

North Kent Community Services (formerly the North Kent Service Center) is collecting items in February and March to make 500 Easter Baskets for the children they serve in northern Kent County. They are in need of the following items by March 31:
•    Candy or Fruit Snacks
•    Easter Baskets and  Grass
•    Small Stuffed Animals ~ Beanie Baby size
•    Bubbles and Sidewalk Chalk
•    Jump Ropes and Balls
•    Markers, Colored Pencils and Coloring Books
•    Small Cars and Trucks ~ Matchbox/Hot Wheels size
•    Any other suitable Easter Basket items for children ages 1 – 10
NKCS is located at 10075 Northland Drive, just north of 12 Mile Road. They are open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (616) 866-3478 for more info.

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North Kent Service Center stays with summer hours

The North Kent Service Center, at the corner of Northland Drive and 12 Mile Road, experimented with longer weekday hours for the summer and liked them so much that they have decided to keep them year-round.

The center will be open to serve the community Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “We’ve found these hours have been beneficial for our clients and the community during the summer months,” said Executive Director Sandy Waite. “With the longer hours we are able to meet the need of clients who are working, and community members wishing to drop off items at the donation center after work and save on operational expenses,” she explained.

Waite said they look forward to continuing assisting those families who in the past have not been able to access the food pantries due to work commitments. “We are also excited that we will be open to the community for longer donation hours during the week.  These new hours also give us longer hours for volunteers to assist after school and work.”

The donation area will be open during the regular hours, and also Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They ask that no donations be placed at the front door on Sunday, or when the gates are closed.

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