Decorate a bag and feed a West Michigan Kid – Wednesday 9/14

Kids' Food BasketGRCC’s ESPs (Educational Support Professionals) are great supporters of Kids Food Basket, a local organization that Kids’ delivers more than 5,000 Sack Suppers each week day this fall. Every Sack Supper comes in a brown paper bag. One of the students we serve saves every decorated bag he’s ever received and hangs them on the wall of his bedroom. He lives in extreme poverty in the Grand Rapids and has very little to call his own. But these decorated bags are his, and they are special.

“The first things the kids look for is if their bag is decorated! These simple drawings and words of encouragement mean so much.” commented a teacher. Help us decorate 20,000 bags, the number of meals Kids’ Food Basket distributes each week. will have a table on the first floor of the Student Center on Wednesday, September 14 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM where you can come and decorate one, two or ten bags that will help feed and inspire a kid.

GRCC in the News – 9/13/11

Bernard Taylor: ‘I’m very humbled and honored to be a finalist’
Published: Monday, September 12, 2011, 7:38 PM | By Monica Scott | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Superintendent Bernard Taylor tonight said being named one of two finalists to lead Broward County Public Schools speaks volumes about what he and his staff have accomplished in the district. […] On Monday, the board got advice from those who recently have engaged in superintendent or CEO searches, including Michael Washburn, former superintendent of Forest Hills Public Schools, Kevin Konarska, superintendent of the Kent ISD and businessman Dave Custer, president of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board.  (More)

Wildcats open home season with tough loss to Grand Rapids
by Eric Grover • Daily News | Published/Last Modified on Monday, September 12, 2011 11:10 AM CDT

At the North Dakota State College of Science home football opener, the defense came to play against No. 13 Grand Rapids Community College, Mich. The problem was, they played and played and played. Grand Rapids controlled the ball all game long and the Wildcats couldn’t hold a 14-0 lead. They fell 42-21 at home Saturday afternoon.  (More)

GRCC Faculty David Cope to Appear on Professors Poetry Panel

GRCC English Professor (and current Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids) David Cope will be part of a panel involving professors and poetry at Literary Life Bookstore on Thursday from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  I will be joined by Keith Taylor (UM) and Patricia Clark (GVSU).  Faculty and students are invited to attend.  More information here.

From their description:

“We’re very interested and passionate about poetry here at LitLife. What could be better than chatting with three professional poets, who also have “day jobs,” to pick their prodigious brains about the process of writing, balancing job duties with creative impulses, and what inspires them? With that in mind, we invite three poets, who are also educators, to share their thoughts with us! This time, we’re very proud to present Grand Rapids’ poet laureate, David Cope; Keith Taylor, the coordinator of the University of Michigan’s creative writing program; and Grand Rapids’ own Patricia Clark, Poet-in-Residence and Professor of Writing at Grand Valley State University.Please join our discussion, add your thoughts, ask your questions, this Thursday, from 7 -8:30 p.m.!”