Michigan (MI)

Helping the Whole You: FREE Classes sponsored by Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals in Michigan [#HelpingTheWholeYou #SpectrumHealth #BigRapids #ReedCity]

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals are sponsoring 3 fall sessions of their Helping the Whole You series, beginning with “Internet Safety” Sept. 18, 2019 in Big Rapids, and Sept. 19, 2019 in Reed City.

The FREE classes are held from noon to 1 p.m., and a FREE lunch is provided.

Topics include internet safety, “nutrition as we age” and dealing with dementia. The content of the monthly seminars is the same in both communities.

In September 2019, trooper Brian Lucha with the Michigan State Police will educate attendees about an array of internet safety topics, including:

Danger signs and the grooming process of predators;
Giving out personal information;
Consequences of posting material online; and
Websites and apps to avoid.

Space is limited. If you are interested, register at spectrumhealth.org/htwy or call (231) 592-4204.

The October sessions, Oct. 16, 2019 in Big Rapids, and Oct. 17, 2019 in Reed City, will feature Bailey Parmelee, a registered dietitian, addressing “Nutrition as We Age.”

Parmelee will discuss the role nutrition plays in peoples’ lives as they age.

“Dealing with Dementia” will be the November session, Nov. 20, 2019 in Big Rapids, and Nov. 21, 2019 in Reed City.

Denise Tinkham, a social worker from Reed City Hospital’s rehabilitation and nursing center, will discuss types of dementia, early signs of dementia and offer tips on caring for someone with dementia.

The classes are held at Michigan Works offices in both communities: 14330 Northland Drive., Big Rapids and in Reed City at 240 E. Church St. in Michigan.

Helping the Whole You is part of Spectrum Health’s overall Healthy Communities initiative and is based on needs identified in the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by the area hospitals.

Spectrum Health hospitals offer FREE classes:
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FREE tutoring to students in Big Rapids, Michigan offered by SLD Read [#BigRapidsMichigan #SLDRead #AllThingsFREE]

To promote literacy in children, SLD Read will be offering FREE tutoring to students at Brookside Elementary School, St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Crossroads Charter Academy in Big Rapids, Michigan as part of their Language Links program.

The grant-funded program, which aims to help struggling kids improve their reading skills, will likely run from October 2019 to May 2020, but tutors will begin training in September 2019.

To qualify for tutoring services, kids must have free or reduced lunch, be at least 6 months behind in reading, writing or spelling and not be receiving special education services.

“My heart has always been with at-risk individuals. Being able to work with them and watch them grow is my favorite part of the process.”
– Suzanne Finney, curriculum instruction manager at SLD Read

“Everybody shows improvement. Most kids last year were able to show a six-month gain in a year of service, but our goal would be for kids to show a one-year gain in a year of service.”
– Lori Weller, education services manager at SLD Read

“The more tutors we have, the more we will be able to expand the program, which is our goal.”
– Suzanne Finney, curriculum instruction manager at SLD Read

Those wishing to become Language Links tutors should complete an interview with SLD Read, as well as be ready to complete a 32-hour training course called Phonetics Fundamentals.

According to Suzanne Finney, Ferris State University students studying education are encouraged to apply, as tutors receive internship credit, but anyone interested in an engaging volunteer opportunity can apply as well.

“What people don’t realize is these kids are so talented in other areas. If we can help encourage them to succeed, then the whole community benefits from their creativity.”
– Suzanne Finney

Anyone interested in becoming tutors can contact Suzanne Finney by email at sfinney AT SLDRead.org or by calling (231) 592-9605.

SLD Read to offer FREE tutoring:
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Berrien Conservation District and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) will sponsor a FREE drinking water well screening from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on June 26 and June 27, 2019 in Michigan.

You are encouraged to bring your water samples to the Berrien Conservation District Office at 3334 Edgewood Road, Berrien Springs, Michigan for testing.

Samples from drinking water wells will be screened for nitrate and nitrite. The screening is open to everyone who uses a personal well for drinking water. Forms should be filled out in advance and are available at the conservation district office or online at www.berriencd.org, or people may fill out a form when they arrive. This service is for private drinking water wells only. Public water supplies are tested regularly. Please do not bring samples from public water supplies or non-drinking water sources. Only drinking water well samples will be tested. A special bottle is not required, as any small clean jar will work – 1 ounce of water is enough.

You are asked to follow these directions:

n Collect samples just before bringing them to be sampled. Samples must be less than 48 hours old for a valid nitrate result.

n Fill out the water sample information sheet. (These will also be available when people bring a sample in.)

n Pick a tap that supplies water that has not run through any treatment devices (water softener, carbon filter, etc.). An outdoor faucet often works well.

n Run the water for 20-30 minutes before collecting the sample. Do not sample through a hose. Rinse the sample bottle and lid thoroughly in the water to be sampled.

n Label the bottle your name, date, and the well name (cottage well, Mom’s well, etc.) using a waterproof pen.

n Keep the sample dark and cold (on ice or refrigerated) until it is dropped off.

All results are confidential. You will get your results as well as information on what to do, should nitrite or nitrates show up in drinking water. If you do not wish to wait a few minutes for your results you may just drop off the sample along with your completed form.

More information is available from the Berrien Conservation District office at 269-471-9111 ext 3, at www.berriencd.org.

FREE drinking well water screening for Berrien residents:
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