Central Zone

Home of Ford Middle School and Baxter Community Center

I Believe I Become community meetings in the B2B central zone kicked off in August 2010. Hundreds of residents came to five open meetings, culminating in a community-wide celebration in November 2010. Action planning continues.

LINC Community Revitalization Inc. leads the I Believe I Become community engagement efforts. LINC believes it is important to raise up the community’s voice and follow the community’s lead in creating change. The engagement strategy combines relationship building, leadership development, listening and learning through a community planning process unique to each B2B zone.

I Believe I Become central zone neighborhood team:

Willie Patterson, B2B Community Liaison from LINC
616.308.6315 or willie@lincrev.org

Omar Gonzalez, B2B Natural Helper from LINC
Victor Williams, B2B Natural Helper from LINC

Central Zone News

Students at Ford Academic Center Make Every Day Count

Teachers, supporters, students, and their parents celebrated the attendance success at Ford Academic Center this past November.  Clearly, families at Ford Academic Center are doing their best to make every day count! At the attendance celebration 120 students out of 176 achieved 100% attendance! The entire school is above the 90th percentile for school-wide attendance! [...]

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Designed for Greatness

  Pretend you’re 13 and you could either doze on the couch and watch TV, or perfect your push-ups while an Army sergeant barks orders. Easy choice? Then this might surprise you. Kids who said they could be lounging at home excitedly tell how they know how to fold an American flag, hold their heads [...]

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Summer Blast!

  At Summer Blast 2013, the Believe 2 Become Summer Learning Academy at New Hope Baptist Church, students discovered, played, explored, and learned during this premier academic and enrichment program, taught by certified and gifted instructors. What are you doing in Summer 2014?  

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Oakdale Neighbors take on Sky Zone

  In 2013 The Believe 2 Become Summer Learning Academy at Oakdale Neighbors called their program “Express Yourself.” “Learning is more than just going through the motions, you can move your body AND stretch your mind,” said program director Tom Bulton. Students spent part of their summer building math muscles, learning new sports, creating cool [...]

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WMCAT Makes its Mark in 2013

  Soon, the big three-ring binder will have stories to tell. “If you find a candy wrapper on the ground that inspires you, put it in this binder,” artist John Cox tells a group of a dozen teens gathered around him. “If you get a fortune from a fortune cookie that inspires you, put it [...]

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A reminder about the holidays and attendance (ENG/SPA)

Every year, school absences spike in the weeks before and after winter break, as families squeeze a few more days of vacation intothe holiday season. Let’s break that cycle. Make sure your child is in school every day. Because the best gift you can give your child is a good education. And the best place [...]

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Winter 2014 Course Catalog Now Available

The Grand Rapids Parent University Winter 2014 Course Catalog is now available! Believe in yourself and in your child’s success by attending as many Parent University classes as you can in January, February, and March. Many of the same classes will be offered with several new classes like the course on Making College Affordable for [...]

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The Link between Bullying and School Attendance

Does bullying effect your child’s ability to get to school? to stay in school? Are you the victim of bullying or have you witnessed bullying? Don’t be a bystander. Get the facts about bullying and what you can do in your school to stop it. Children need safe passage to school, in the hallways, and [...]

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GR Parent University Kickoff

See what B2B / GRPS parents have been up to Believe in your child’s successBecome a Power Parent and register now at www.grparentuniversity.org

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Thousands celebrate academic success

View the Successfest photo album on Facebook On July 23, GRPS teamed up with Summer Learning Academy, Baby Scholars, LINC natural helpers and parent leaders to throw one big party for the whole city. The theme? Celebrating the efforts of Grand Rapids youth as they pursue success in school, work, and life. Enjoy these great [...]

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Reading Rewards for K-8 Ford and MLK Students!

Read three books, earn free ice cream! July 28 to August 30 Pick up your reading list TODAY! at LINC, 1167 Madison Ave. SE or Madison Square Library, 1201 Madison Ave. SE All GRPS Central Zone Students (grades K-8 at the new Ford Academic Center and MLK Leadership Academy) are eligible Read books, write summaries, [...]

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Muffins with Moms, Donuts with Dads

      Muffins with Moms at MLK Leadership Academy was standing room only on February 7! Parents worked together on their continuing efforts encouraging students to break attendance records in the Central Zone Attendance Challenge. Way to go, Central Zone Moms and Dads – always finding new ways to support our students to succeed [...]

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