Building on Lives & Memories

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Dick Bulkowski, Executive Director We build on the lives and memories of those who have gone before us.  That could not be more true than what has been experienced today here at Steepletown.  On the foundations of what was once a neighborhood playground a new KaBOOM! Playspace has been built.  In digging the footings for… Read more »

KaBOOM! – Here comes the park

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blogger:  Dick Bulkowski, Steepletown Executive Director KaBOOM!  Nope, not the fireworks that are now filling our evening skies but a playground being built in the former Pulaski Park on the corner of Fifth Street and Muskegon.   This piece of land has been idle for many years and will now see the vibrancy of children playing… Read more »

Kindergarten Night with GRPS

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Guest Blogger:  Elizabeth Loughrige, Steepletown Preschool Director The Steepletown Preschool invited the families of its 4 year-olds to come learn about the different kindergarten options available in the Grand Rapids district.  Representatives from West Side neighborhood schools answered parent questions, gave out enrollment forms, and provided encouragement to these preschool families as they consider options for… Read more »

Grow Our Own

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Congratulations Nellie Fuentes & Angela Zuniga This week has been bookended well! On Monday morning Steepletown’s Preschool Director sent out an email that one of our teachers, Nellie Fuentes, completed her Child Development Associate Credential or CDA. Nellie has been on staff at the Steepletown preschool for the past couple years, first working as an… Read more »

Presents of ‘Presence’

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The Christmas decorations are already coming down and many are remembering the Holidays as a thing of the past, especially now that they are back to the daily grind of work.   And yet he Christmas Season is still celebrated for one more day.  Today as we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the visit of… Read more »

Elizabeth’s Steepletown Story

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Guest Blogger:  Jane Wolterstorff – Steepletown Youth Advocate   Here at Steepletown we often post momentous milestone moments as we celebrate with our students. However, these moments fail to capture the scope of time and effort of all the moments in between. So here is Elizabeth’s story; A story that spans three years: 2013 I… Read more »

We All Have Dreams

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Guest Blogger:  Nathan Beals, JobStrart Coordinator   We all have dreams. I talked to a young man today who dreams of owning a home and a car and sharing it with a future wife someday. Another young man said that he just wants to get off the streets, have a fresh start and make a… Read more »

“I’m Tired”

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Guest Blogger:  Nathan Beals, JobStart Coordinator   A young man that I met with today sat down across from me slouched in his seat, with his face downcast and said, “I’m tired”. He had just recently found himself homeless after a relationship went bad and was staying downtown. Just the other night he got jumped… Read more »

Looking Beyond What Was Once Considered Unreachable.

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 “To infinity and beyond!” For many of our students earning the GED is like attaining something that seemed unreachable!  And yes, it can also seem like an infinite process because of the level of time and commitment involved.  And yet it is what lies beyond infinity that propels these students to continue to strive towards achieving this… Read more »