Linda Wendt, Brenda Hunt, and Deb Calkins of The Franklin Project
Snow covers the oak lined street in the Milwood Area of Kalamazoo, Michigan / Erik Holladay
Clarinet soloist Grace Chang performs for the Women Who Care group in Battle Creek, Michigan / Erik
A lone leaf sit on a car windshield as the colors change in West Michigan / Erik Holladay
Sun rise over the Kalamazoo / Battle Creek International Airport / Erik Holladay
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Neighbors turn eyesore into place children can play
Thursday, December 19, 2013
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.
Pilot program offers a second chance for young people
Thursday, September 19, 2013
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.
Reading above grade level becomes more common at Verona Elementary
Jane C. Parikh
Thursday, June 27, 2013
What happens when a school turns a laser like focus on reading? Parents at Verona Elementary say their children are reading all the time, even when they don't have to. Jane Parikh has the story on how one school is turning things around before the all-critical third grade.
Open Roads opens doors for Kalamazoo's young people
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Once you've learned how to fix a bike what else can you fix? For young people in Kalamazoo Open Roads teaches the skills to find out. Ethan Alexander talks with Zinta Aistars about the program that capitalizes on his love for bikes.
Keeping kids out of trouble by making truffles
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Dale Anderson wanted to help kids by teaching them building trades skills. He ended up teaching them how to make truffles. Zinta Aistars has the story on how he made that leap with them at Confections with Convictions.
Knee-High Naturalists introduces world of wonder
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Petting reptiles and learning about amphibians too--it’s all in a day for Knee-High Naturalists. Margaret DeRitter reports on the program that draws kids from across the region to Binder Park Zoo for an up-close visit with nature.
Music changes young lives, one note at a time, with Kids in Tune
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Kids in Tune is about more than teaching youngsters music. It's about support, nurturing, joy and acquiring life skills through the learning of music skills reports Zinta Aistars.
Battle Creek elementary brings the community to school
Thursday, January 31, 2013
At Prairieview Elementary in Battle Creek a program called Developing the Community helps people and organizations make the connections students need for better lives and more learning. Zinta Aistars has the story of one school's holistic approach to education.
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