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A Great First Week

Posted on: September 1, 2013, 1:41 AM

We’ve kicked off the first week of school!!

Jenison Junior High has established a Leadership Chapter of be nice.! A group of 25 eighth graders that are determined to champion a change in their school and community this year met. Kick-off assembly coming soon!

Wingman from 105.3 HotFM joined us, and also MCd our assembly at St. John Vianney. We had a brave and engaging set of 7th and 8th graders who stepped forward and were the first to speak to why it is so important to take the be nice. pledge.


“We are a be nice.  school and we pledge to Notice, Invite, Challenge and Empower ourselves and others.”


Freshman starting this week at Grandville High received some be nice. advice, and EDUCATORS at Mona Shores, Knapp Charter, Collins Elementary, Jamestown Elementary, and the YMCA of greater Grand Rapids have heard the message and taken the pledge to be nice. and help our youth and community do so!


be nice. period. no excuses. no exceptions.


We’ll see you next week during another exciting kick-off week of school! It’s going to be a nice. year!

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) The topic of bullying is one that has dominated national conversation for years. An effort that started in West Michigan to combat bullying is the “Be Nice” campaign.

Christy Buck and her team from the Mental Health Foundation just returned from a school district in Ohio. They were invited by the school after an incident that grabbed national headlines. Ten-year-old Jetta Fosberg was bullied after she cut 14 inches off her hair to donate to Wigs for Kids, in honor of her grandparents. The bullying got so bad, she had to be pulled out of school. Eventually, the school reached out to the Be Nice team to bring the program to its students.

Buck says evidence shows the Be Nice program is working to change the culture in schools and prevent bullying. To learn more, visit the Be Nice website.

The Be Nice team will be at the Kids and Family Expo at DeVos Place on Saturday, January 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be activities, a zip line, music, food, education, and crafts. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids ages 3-15.

Click here for the full story. 


Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration Presented by the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation 


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Join this amazing annual fundraiser beginning at the Grand Valley Downtown Pew Campus! 

Click here to register today! 

“You may not see the sun, but it has not failed to shine. It is just being covered. You may not see a hope for something better, but there is.”
“You are more than your worries.”
“Keep your heads held high and your attitudes higher.”
These are just a few recent encouraging tweets from @zeelandbenice, a group at Zeeland High School on a mission to spread love and support for their peers.

Grand Rapids area clinician, Jim Bottenhorn, discusses the possible causes behind the recent string of youth violence in the local area.

We are one of the 8 finalists for the Connecting with Community Award!

We want to say a big "THANK YOU!" to the Kent County Medical Society Alliance for choosing the MHF!

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