(Help) Career-Minded Individuals Wanted!

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  Steepletown through a workforce development initiative called JobStart is introducing some amazing talent to local employers who are eagerly in need of filling job openings!  JobStart is not a job… It is first and foremost a work experience that offers the space in which to further develop and practice the skills, behaviors, and thinking… Read more »

Kayla’s Dreams at Civic Theatre

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Guest Blogger:  Jane W., Youth Advocate At Steepletown, earning a GED is only a step to what comes next for Kayla Carter.   When Education Coordinator, Melanie Grandy found out that Kayla had never attended a live musical, she reached out to Civic Theater’s Autumn Hubbard.  Hubbard, a former Steepletown employee found ticket donors making it… 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 »

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 »

Steepletown welcomes Harry Green!

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The Grass is GREENer on the Other Side…Steepletown Welcomes Harry Green!   It was just over a year ago that Harry was assigned to Steepletown as a Senior Volunteer/Traveling Grandpa through the Gerontology Network.  The purpose of that program is to connect the talents of seniors with area schools or with seniors living in their… Read more »

Steepletown Preschool Welcomes New Director

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Steepletown Preschool welcomed a new Director this month. We’re thrilled to have Ashley Sweers joining us as the new Preschool Director beginning this August.     Ashley joins Steepletown Preschool with a wealth of experience in early childhood education, including time as a preschool teacher, and Head Start & Early Head Start teacher in Saginaw,… Read more »