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Joan E. Beach age 85 passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Bishop Hills Elder Care, Rockford, Michigan. Mrs. Beach was born July 1, 1932 in Oxford, Michigan the daughter of Pearl and Essel (Peters) Bradley. After graduation from Oxford High School she received her degree from Cleary College, Ypsilanti, MI. She was a member of the Dexter Jaycettes and the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Howell. She lived at Bishop Hills for 12 years and the staff and residents were like family to her. She played the chimes and loved to sing and play the piano. Surviving are her children, Susan (Brad) Binks, Cheryl (Kent) VanTimmeren, Bradley Beach, Tracy (Rod) Misner, Don (Melissa) Beach Jr., Steven Beach; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Daisy) Bradley; sister, Doris (Nick) Samudio; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Bradley and Eileen Bradley; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don in 1989; brothers, Jack Bradley and Billy Bradley. The family greeted friends Monday, April 16th from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a memorial service has taken place at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Ray Lanning officiating. A graveside service was held Tuesday, April 17th 12 noon at Lakeview Cemetery, Howell. Pastor Paula Timm officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Interlochen-Kent County Scholarship, P.O. Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643 or Kids Food Basket, 2055 Oak Industrial Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Helping People And Changing Lives

Third grade students show their Compliment Collage’s they made to instill confidence through compliments.

Staff and students with one of the fleece tie blankets they made during the day of service projects.

This year CTA students have been able to work with an AmeriCorp Vista representative through the Heart of West Michigan United Way. Our high school students crafted tie blankets for Degage Ministries plus tie hats that they gifted to others. Some of the organizations that received the hats were Degage Ministries, North Kent Connect, and The Bridge. Elementary students read books with our high school students, and talked about the power of compliments.

Elementary students also decorated lunch bags for Kids Food Basket. We all enjoyed being able to give back to our community to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

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CTA Gives Back

Marjorie Starr, Tayler Thebo and Haven Nguyen show off some of the coin jars from the coin drive.

At CTA, we strive to “make a difference in the things that matter” and lately, with our trait of the month being kindness, we’ve taken it to a whole new level. The masses of CTA have been doing a multitude of things to give back, such as engaging with Freerice.com, Kids Food Basket, Kent Connect, and Toys for Tots. With the students devoting themselves to better the lives of others, they learn how important it is to be grateful, and not only during the holidays.

The largest project of the season was the school-wide Toys for Tots toy drive combined with the “Make Change Count” campaign. The initiative is in its 5th year at CTA. The toy drive collected 62 toys. Each class then competed to raise the most “positive” change – pennies counted as positive and silver and dollars counted as negative. The school as a whole raised more than $900 and all of the funds raised during the coin drive were donated to the Toys for Tots campaign to be used to purchase additional gifts for children throughout southwest Michigan.

The high school students decorated 106 Kids Food Basket bags with adorable designs. With the students devoting themselves to better the lives of others, they learn how important it is to be grateful year-round.

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