GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Volunteers teamed up Thursday to give 500 backpacks with school supplies to children in Grand Rapids.
It happened near the Huntington Bank branch on Wealthy Street.
Volunteers from the bank, Revolution Christian Church and Grand Rapids Community College handed out the free backpacks, supplies and even pizza.
"Supporting the children in the community is really, really important. But also the families. So these classes are going to be a really great part of kicking of the school year for both the parents and the children," said Renee Williams, regional community development manager at Huntington Bank.
This event served as a kick-off to launching a month-long free Success Series for students and families, focusing on financial education, college preparation, home improvement and other life skills.
The Success Series is held every Friday in September from 6-7 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Community College Learning Center at 1154 Wealthy St.
WEEK 1 - Sept. 6 - Financial Education - Presented by Huntington Bank
- Personal Finance
- Small Business & Entrepreneurship
WEEK 2 - Sept. 13 - Youth and Adult Education - Presented by Grand Rapids Community College
- College Preparation
- GED and Adult Education
WEEK 3 - Sept. 20 - Home Improvement - Presented by Huntington Bank
- Home Repair and Maintenance
- First-Time Home Buyer Education
WEEK 4 - Sept. 27 - Education and Life Skills - Presented by Revolution Christian Ministries
- Success Strategies for Parents and Youth
11 fire departments from several counties were called out to a fire at an adult entertainment club Wednesday afternoon.
Holland police were searching for 28-year-old Mark Steven Randall Harris, who was considered armed and dangerous, but arrested him late Wednesday night.
Those receiving the 2013 White House holiday card will see a design made by a Grand Rapids artist.