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1000 Books Program at Kalamazoo Library.

Story about 1,000 books has a happy ending

If you were writing the book of a child's life wouldn't you like it to have a happy ending? Every day more children are signing up for a Kalamazoo Public Library program intended to give them a life that includes loving the reading of books. 

Troy Thrash, President & CEO of Air Zoo

Air Zoo gives science education a seat in first class

From nine airplanes in one hangar to more than 60 air- and spacecraft and more than 200 voluteers assisting the staff, the Air Zoo has grown in the past 30-plus years. Now its horizon is expanding to deepen its commitment to education. CEO and President Troy Thrash talks about what is in the works. Tigers are involved.


Making Piano Accessible for All Kids

Piano Labs gives some of Kalamazoo’s most vulnerable kids and young adults a chance to make music and become pianists. 

Michael Evans / Adult Literacy

Kalamazoo Literacy Council says everyone needs to read

Today, knowing how to read is basic in order to get a job. But one out of three job applicants lack the reading skils needed to do the job they seek. The Kalamazoo Literacy Council is stepping up efforts to change that. 

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Kalamazoo Promise Returned: Part 2 In Pictures and Words

Part 2 of Simon Borst's Kalamazoo Promise Returned explores the way several Kalamazoo Promise recipients are ensuring others benefit from the scholarship program, and putting their education to work for the community.

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Kalamazoo Promise Returned: In pictures and words

Simon Borst presents a look at what the Kalamazoo Promise has meant to some of those who benefited from the generous scholarship program.

Some of the 20 people involved in The Franklin Project

Neighbors turn eyesore into place children can play

Zinta Aistars has the story of how a blighted city lot became a place where children can play soccer, creating a place for them to stay busy rather than get into trouble. It's called the Franklin Project and it's about workers in the surrounding neighborhood who decided to make a difference.  

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Playing in the dirt at the Kalamazoo Nature Center's preschool

There is a preschool where children are encouraged to get down in the mud and dirty, jump into puddles, and splash around in the rain barrel that collects rain water from the school’s roof. Zinta Aistars has the story on Nature's Way Preschool.

Sydnee Peters is a visual artist and a teacher at the Gwen Frostic Center at Western Michigan University

Creativity Scouting: What it means and why it matters

What if we looked for people's strenghs instead of trying to fix their problems? What if we looked for the creative among us and encouraged them to be their most innovative? George Martin asks these questions and more in his look at the link between creativity scouting and strong communities.

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Pilot program offers a second chance for young people

Can young people who are poised to get adult criminal records turn their lives around? A group of dedicated people in Kalamazoo (including the Kinetic Affect duo) led by Judge Anne Blatchford is trying to help them turn that corner. Zinta Aistars has the story on how it works.
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