Lansing Legislative Day

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Democracy is best realized through conversations, not advertisements nor soundbites.  This was the reason that 26 of us from the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative went to Lansing this past Tuesday.  Our agenda was to meet with as many legislators and political leaders as possible to share with them the amazing story of this collaborative, which… Read more »

Attendance Matters!

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Guest blogger, Kate   Did you know that lost time in the classroom in Preschool creates poor attendance habits in Kindergarten and 1st grade? Did you also know that low attendance in Preschool will make it more difficult for students to learn important reading and math skills in Kindergarten and 1st grade? At Steepletown Preschool… Read more »

Graduation – Success For The Students

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Guest Blogger: Melanie At the end of January, I was notified that GED Testing Services (GTS) was recommending a new scale for passing the GED and that they were also recommending the decision be retroactive to January 1, 2014. I was so excited- especially about the retroactive possibilities. Michigan finally published their decision in late… Read more »

VITA TAX TIME – File your 2015 Taxes

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It is that time of the year and we’re not referring to Valentines Day.  It’s Tax Time!  For over 10 years Steepletown has partnered with Heart of West Michigan United Way of Kent County and the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition to offer VITA Tax Preparation.  VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) offers free income tax… Read more »

Christmas Message – 2015

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It is with great joy that we celebrate this season of grace and gifting- grace that “the dawn from on high has broken upon us” bringing light into our darkness, a grace that manifests itself in Steepletown’s presence here on the West Side.  The gifting continues throughout the year in efforts that transform lives and… Read more »

What Can I Do

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Guest Blogger: Erika Purcell-Williams, Programs Director It seems like there’s a new story on the news each evening about someone being in need, some family losing out on an opportunity, or some group struggling to stay in business. Sometimes, it may seem as if we encounter even more people around the holidays that have pretty… Read more »

Giving Thanks & Reflections

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Steepletown is very appreciative of all those who have supported our efforts and initiatives of over this past year, whether as a donor, volunteer, or partner.  There is so much that is done that brings about change and transformation that honors the dignity of each individual, and which also restores a sense of hope.  It… Read more »

Steepletown 2015 Annual Report

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Welcome to Steepletown, Take a look at our Annual Report.  Notice on page 2 that Welcome to Steepletown is literally on the “cutting edge”; this is by design.  In fact, this placement also suggests that Steepletown is “pushing the boundaries” so to speak in how nonprofits operate. However, I don’t think that we are “pushing… Read more »

Seeing Is Believing

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They say “seeing is believing” so I jumped into the car on Monday, October 19th, for a road trip to New York and Boston. For two years I have wanted to visit a couple different programs that have been doing some remarkable work with “disconnected” young adults, defined as 18-24 year-olds neither working nor in… Read more »

We Do Math Together

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At Steepletown – #WeDoMathTogether “I am really bad at math” is a phrase we hear when enrolling new students. Initially, my response was “me too”. Recently, I have changed my answer and say that “math needs to be learned and practiced” (quoting our Educational Coordinator, Melanie Grandy).  The GED Math test often feels like a… Read more »