Support IM Kids 3rd Meal
Are you looking for a way to give back to your community during the holiday season? Please consider the IM (Ionia-Montcalm) Kids 3rd Meal program working to provide food insecure children in our communities with their evening meal Monday through Friday. Ionia County and Montcalm County have 3530 and 4090 food insecure children, respectively, who run the risk of a school lunch being their last meal of the day. For more information, click the image to the right.

IM Kids Caring for Kids
The Ionia Co. Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is collecting donations of: HATS & MITTENS, WARM COATS, SNOW PANTS and BOOTS for elementary age children as part of one of their many community service projects! Items will be collected in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day of service for the YAC, and distributed among the local elementary schools for children in need of warm winter wear. Please click the image to the right for more information.

ICSID AdvancED Accreditation Survey
As you should be aware by now, the ICISD is engaged in the AdvancED Accreditation continuous improvement process in hopes of achieving accreditation. AdvancED is how we will be mapping our efforts to better serve our students, families and schools. An important part of this improvement process is the Self Assessment as it allows us to self-rate ourselves to reveal how we think we are adhering to the AdvancED Standards of Quality. Your reflection on what you feel the ICISD is and does is extremely important. Please take the time ASAP to complete the survey using one of the two links below. Thank you.

For ICISD Staff: Click here
For Stakeholders: Click here

Students Chosen As Volunteers For The Month
Enrich of Ionia County have chosen the students from the Independent Living Center as our volunteer of the month. These students come to the Resale Shop, once a week, to provide janitorial services. They learn basic job skills and provide a needed service for the nonprofit. Win-Win! Thank you to Meijer of Ionia for the gift cards to present to these awesome volunteers!

School Readiness Blog
The Early Childhood Department in partnership with other early childhood programs in the community and parents of young children have launched a school readiness blog. One of the features of the blog will be a month by month account of the kindergarten experience as told by a local kindergarten teacher. If you are interested in reading the first entry and signing up for the blog then click on this link to continue.

September is Hunger Action Month
The Americorp ViSTAs at the ISD have been busy working to create fun ways to support IM Kids 3rd Meal throughout the month.
  • In partnership with the Ionia Moose and WION, we will be hosting a Pig Roast, Sat., Sept. 13.
  • Eat Local, Give Local: support IM Kids 3rd Meal simply by eating at one of the participating restaurants on Tuesday, Sept.23.
  • Purchase a Dinner Plate displayed at a local business for a simple $1.00 donation.
  • Stop at the IM Kids Both at Bertha Brock Fall Fest on Sat., Sept. 20.
  • Support us online through our Indiegogo Campaign at

Fundraiser for IM Kids 3rd Meal

The Ionia Moose Lodge and WION are hosting a family friendly fundraiser for IM Kids 3rd Meal on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12:00-5:00pm at the Ionia Moose Lodge. Please plan to come and help us generate money to sustain and expand our feeding program, as we work to end childhood hunger in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Follow this link for more details.

MIYLT Summer Camp

Check out some of the footage captured throughout the week of the Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp. Learn a little bit about MIYLT from campers, funders, and administrators! A big thanks and shout out to Jordan Carson, WoodTv4Women-Social Sizzle, for coming to camp this year!

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Wellness Bucks Drawing Results
Congratulations to the following people on their winnings in the Wellness Bucks drawing and thanks to everyone who participated in Wellness events this year! We hope to see you at upcoming events in the 2014-2015 school year!

Lois Sanders - TreeTops Resort getaway
Sue Harvey - Olivera's gift card
Shari O'Boyle, Olivera's gift card
Teresa Krieger, Reflexology session
Jill Bohne, Massage session

Michigan Autism Safety Training for Family, School, & Community
This training will provide participants an opportunity to:
  • Expand their knowledge of autism and autistic behaviors.
  • Increase understanding of safety risks to individuals with autism and individuals with special needs in the home, school, and community settings.
  • Acquire information and resources to develop and launch a safety plan.
  • Learn community outreach strategies to increase autism awareness and safety.
Click here for more information.

Ionia County Career Tech Center - Students Honored
Heartlands Institute of Technology held their annual award ceremonies on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, honoring county wide students at the career tech center. Click here to see the recipients.

Fun And Newsworthy!
The Freedom Acres newsletter for Spring 2014 is now available. Click here to check it out!

VOUNTEERS NEEDED for Ionia Montcalm Kids 3rd Meal
IM (Ionia-Montcalm) Kids 3rd Meal is a brand new feeding program working to provide food insecure children in our communities with their evening meal Monday through Friday. Ionia County and Montcalm County have 3530 and 4090 food insecure children, respectively, who run the risk of a school lunch being their last meal of the day. We are providing evening meals to almost 500 children each day.

The size of this mission requires a lot of community support. If you or your organization is interested in volunteering with us, we offer a variety of projects and ways to help at our website We hope with community support to grow from 500 meals to eventually providing for all food insecure children in our communities.

If you would like to learn more about IM Kids 3rd Meal or would like to sign up to volunteer, please contact us at 616-527-4900 ext. 1252.

VISTA Summer Associate Program
The VISTA Summer Associate program offers individuals the opportunity to become engaged in our local communities through our existing VISTA project for 9 weeks during the summer. The program runs from June 9th to August 8th. Our VISTA summer associates will participate in planning & delivery of a variety of summer programming activities with local partners. The summer programming includes the middle school STEM camp, 6-day youth leadership camp, high school interns, USDA summer feeding program & the IM Kids 3rd Meal program and community gardens. For more information including living allowance and application details, click here.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Quilt Raffle Results
Congratulations to everyone listed below on winning a quilt from our raffle! Didn't win a quilt? You still have an opportunity to bid on one of the top ten community selected quilts by clicking on the Quilt Auction link in the right column. The auction will end Saturday at 4pm. The minimum bid price for each quilt is based upon a sponsorship of a full five years ($135.00) plus the fees assessed through ebay and paypal ($15.00). This way when you purchase a quilt, the total amount goes to sponsoring a child for 5 years.

Doris Tubergen, #1
Janet Buche, #3
Deb Rowe, #4
Joan Mull, #6
Wheaton, #8
Mike Brown, #10
Roberta Sprague, #12
Emily Priest, #13
Mike Keast, #14
Jane Baeger, #15
Katie Edick, #16
Laura Zyber, #17
Joan Mull, #18
Judy Gilbert, #19
Paul Reinhart, #20
Pam Withrow, #21
Jenny Scheurer, #22
Cari O'Connor, #24
Marilyn Goodemoot, #25
Cari O'Connor, #26
Jami Vroman, #28
Jim Kjolhede, #29
Mariah Deyong, #30
Judy Gilbert, #31
Pam Withrow, #33
Dala Granzo, #34
Cheryl Granzo, #35
Kathy Thiel, #36
Chris Zuchowski, #37
Jenny Scheurer, #39
Case Goodemoot, #40
Paul Reinhart, #43
Brenda Brown, #44
Denise Wittenbach, #47
Janet Buche, #49

Independent Living Center Yard Sale
Despite the recent weather spring, aka Snow and cold, spring is on the way and that means………Spring House Cleaning!!! The House will be holding their annual Yard Sale in June and would love you donations. You can drop donations off at the House between 7:30 am and 2:00 pm, or call, 527-9689 for a pick up! Money from the yard sale funds our last day celebration and other activities throughout the year.

Thank you in advance for your support,
The House students and staff

START Coaching Module Rescheduled
The START Coaching Module that was scheduled for 03/31/2014 has been rescheduled for 05/30/2014.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Quilt Raffle
The quilt raffle is one way you can support the library and provide books to children in their homes. There are 48 quilts total that were handmade by community members and citizens interested in assuring that every child has books in their home and is read to before they go to school. The quilts were designed to be lap quilts for you and your child to cuddle up and share a book. The quilts are based on the book, The Fuzzy Little Duckling. Tickets for the raffle will be $5.00 per ticket or $30.00 for 10 tickets. This is approximately the same amount of money that it costs to fund a child in the program for an entire year! The more tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win a quilt that is sure to be treasured by your child. Tickets can be purchased at the Ionia ISD and through various community organizations.

Click here for more details and to view the quilts!

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Biggby Promotion
Beginning March 17th through the 23rd...Biggby in Ionia will donate $1.00 to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Ionia County for every Grande or Specialty drink that is sold all week long when you mention the Dolly Parton Imagination Library! You can view 8 of the quilts while you are placing your order and your raffle tickets at the same time! Treat yourself this week and support literacy a great cause!

Career Tech Center Open House
Criminal Justice students pose with Mr. Kjolhede, ISD superintendent, during the Heartlands' Open House on March 6.

Philip Wilson Memorial Golf Outing
The annual Philip Wilson golf outing takes place on June 21st and the registration deadline is on Friday May 30th. For more details click here to view the flyer.

McDonald's fundraiser to support childhood literacy
The Ionia Sentinel-Standard recently published an article about a fundraiser to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Ionia County in partnership with local area McDonalds restaurants. Click here to go to the Sentinel-Standard's website to read the article.

School Security & Technology Millage
“Far & away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing”
School Safety’s Impact on Our Children

It is a fact that how safe children feel in school affects their ability to learn. Effective schools are free from threat of physical harm to students & staff. We recognize that the issues surrounding school safety are complex & must be addressed. Unfortunately, it is an extremely difficult proposition during times of declining revenue.
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PAC Award Nominations
Voting is now open for the Parent Advisory Committee award nominations. You have until March 17th to submit your vote!

Wellness Year End Grand Prize
At the year end staff picnic, the Wellness Team will be drawing three winners from the pool of Wellness Buck that you've earned since the begining of the 2013-2014 school year! Our grand prize winner will win a two night stay at Tree Tops Resort!
Our second place drawing will be for two full reflexology sessions here at the ISD and our third place drawing will be for a $50 gift card to Oliveras!

Ionia Montcalm Making a Difference for Kids

I’M Kids Food Volunteer Opportunities
I’M Kids Food is a brand new feeding program servicing food insecure children in Ionia and Montcalm counties. The program began forming in late 2012 with the mission to end childhood hunger in our communities. With Ionia County and Montcalm counties having 3,530 and 4,090 food insecure children, respectively, we know we have a lot of work to do.
We are reaching out to our community to see if groups and organizations are interested in forming volunteers groups to help assemble sack dinners at the H.O. Steel Education Center in Fenwick, Michigan.

I’M Kids Food is seeking individuals or groups of 5-10 people who would commit to volunteering one day a month. Volunteers could sign up for one or more of the following shifts:

  • Morning Prep from 9:00am-11:00am
  • Lunch Prep from 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Afternoon Clean Up from 3:00-5:00pm
  • Evening Prep from 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Other

If you are interested please fill out the volunteer survey at this link: We are confident that with a strong volunteer base we can grow from 500 sack dinners to eventually provide meals for all food insecure children in Ionia and Montcalm counties. If you are interested in forming a volunteer group or would like more information about how you can help please call 616-527-4900 or email We appreciate your support as we work to end childhood hunger in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

YAC Supports Local Community Food Drive
Ionia County YAC members collected food in their communities and brought it with them to their November 15th meeting to donate to the countywide food drive that runs from October 26th to November 22nd. The donations will go to 10 local food pantries in the county. Volunteers will work together on November 23rd Family Volunteer Day to distribute food to the pantries. Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world.

YAC members celebrated their donations by building sculptures from their food donations as a teambuilding activity during their meeting.

I'M Kid's Food Program Receives a $25,000 Grant
Ronald McDonalds House Charities of Outstate Michigan awards the ISD’s I’M Kid’s Food Program a $25,000 grant. The grant will purchase food from Feeding America along with other donations to create nutritionally sound meals for food insecure children in our counties (Ionia, Montcalm). The goal of this project is to ensure that food insecure children regularly receive nutritious, kid-friendly meals alleviating hunger when they are not in school. IM Kid’s Food will work in partnership with the community to feed food insecure school-aged children beginning in 2014. Thank you Ronald McDonalds House Charities of Outstate Michigan!

5th Annual County-Wide Food Drive
Continuing the WION Tradition, the Community Food Network will be coordinating the 5th Annual County-Wide Food Drive! Donations will be collected throughout Ionia County to support 10 nonprofit organizations (including I’M Kids Food) helping families in Ionia County. The ISD, Freedom Acres and Heartlands will be donation drop off sites from November 6 – November 22nd. Donations will all be combined at the Ionia Intermediate School District on November 22nd and be sorted by volunteers. The I’M Kids Food team will gather on November 23rd to pick up our donations. Please support I’M Kids Food and the County-Wide Food Drive and donate!

Coat and Boot Drive
For those of us who enjoy shopping on Black Friday or Clearance racks and helping others in need at the same time, Ionia ISD and AmeriCorps VISTA are encouraging community shoppers to purchase new or gently used youth coats and boots to help Eight-Cap children in Ionia and Montcalm Counties. They need youth coats sizes 3-5 and boots sizes 10-12. Collection boxes are located at Ionia ISD, Montcalm ISD, public Libraries in Ionia, Belding and Greenville, Independent Bank of Ionia across from the fairgrounds, First Bank of Belding on the corner of M-91 and M-44, and Fifth Third Bank on S. Greenville West Dr. between Meijer Dr. and Carson City Rd. The items donated will be collected from now until December 1st.

Celebrate My Drive Competition
Please assist the Ionia County YAC and Portland High School by taking a moment to make a commitment to safe driving. Ionia County YAC and Portland High School could win a $100,000 grant and a Kelly Clarkson concert. You can go in and make a commitment (vote) each day between now and October 26th.
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YAC Sponsors 3rd Drive to Survive (D2S) Conference
YAC will hold their 3rd annual teen driver safety conference in Holland at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center on October 18th from 10-3 sponsored by State Farm.
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Zucchini is Abundant!
The Going Green Team has had their second picking of zucchini and both times there have been an abundance of them! A third picking will also be happening this week as we have them growing faster than we can keep up. We guess we know our garden is good for squash. All food has been donated to Zion Methodist Church Food Pantry.
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