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TK Seeks Community Input to Address Growth and Needs

Thornapple Kellogg enrollment continues to grow at a steady pace and the district is running out of space especially in the elementary schools. The TK administration and Board of Education are asking for community input to help make decisions about the future of the district. One community forum has already been held and a second is planned for 6:30 p.m. April 23 in the Middle School Room 1616. All community members are welcome to attend. During the forum, Superintendent Rob Blitchok, Assistant Superintendent Craig McCarthy and representatives from GMB Architecture & Engineering and Owen-Ames-Kimball will lead a discussion regarding the district’s current status as well as possible next steps to meet the future needs of the district.
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TK District Receives $135,045 Safety Grant

Thornapple Kellogg Schools received a $135,045 grant as part of the Michigan State Police Competitive School Safety Program. The district was notified of the award in late March and will have until June 2020 to complete projects funded by the grant.
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TK Receives Funds to Purchase Local Foods

Thornapple Kellogg Schools is the second year as a recipient of the Michigan 10-Cent Grant for our food service department. This state pilot program provides schools with up to 10 cents per meal in incentive matching funds to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables and dry beans.
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Volunteers Needed for Therapeutic Riding Program

LOVE HORSES? How about helping out at the YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin therapeutic riding lessons for TK special needs kids. Volunteers must be 14 years old or older. Prior horse experience is not necessary - the fantastic staff at the YMCA camp will train all volunteers. The TK program runs from 9 a.m. until about noon Mondays and Wednesdays April 8 until May 22. Volunteers are needed to lead horses during lessons and walk alongside riders. A volunteer orientation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Anyone interested in volunteering must complete a volunteer application http://campmani.ipower.com/other/volunteer/volunteer.php (select the Horse Camp/TR option) or email Lisa at lsutton@GRYMCA.org for more info.
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Student Sport Physicals Offered May 16

Student sport physicals will be offered May 16 at TKHS for $15. These are available for any student planning to participate in sports in the 2019-20 school year. Physicals for females will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Male physicals will be from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Students must have a parent signed physical form. These forms can be picked up in the high school or middle school offices. Cash or checks payable to TK Athletics are accepted.
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Seventh-Graders Take a Stand

It's not often you hear seventh-graders talking about racial profiling, the pros and cons of video gaming or debating border wall security effectiveness. But those were just some of the hot-button topics students chose for their argument/advocacy "Take a Stand" speeches.
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Skyping Puts Students at South Carolina Aquarium

River otters swam around and around, gracefully gliding through the water and bobbing their heads up every few minutes to see what was going on. It was a one-of-a-kind view for Lee Elementary students as they watched the otters from the rocks high above the water enclosure at the South Carolina Aquarium. No - it wasn't a lavish field trip. Using Skype technology in Lee Elementary's Makerspace room, Mr. Fischer's second-grade class interacted with Susan Snide, a distance learning interpreter for the aquarium.
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