GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – This has been an exciting eighth annual Connecting with Community Awards. We’ve highlighted some great community partnerships in our West Michigan Community.
The Connecting with Community Awards are viewed, judged and scored by our community partners on the areas of collaborative effort, community outreach, uniqueness and overall impact.
Congratulations to the winner of the 2016 Connecting with Community Awards Mind Meets Music.
Mind Meets Music is an educational program that cultivates children’s academic success through music. Instructors come into classrooms within our communities’ most vulnerable schools and focuses on teaching literacy through music.
In two 30 minute sessions a week, the master teaching artists lead students in song, reading and writing music and playing games that all teach new skills.
Over eight years the Connecting with Community Awards has highlighted some great and unique organizations. We’ve helped West Michigan learn about some new and unknown partnerships that are working to solve problems and support needs in our community.
New this year we’ve reached back out to the community to find out who was your favorite Connecting with Community Awards Finalist. For the last week we’ve had collected votes in our “Community Choice Award.” Thousands have voted and we are proud to announce the winner of the “Community Choice Award is Elhart Automotive, Hope Bridge, and the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.
Elhart Automotive, Hope Bridge the movie, and the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan is an partnership that seeks to bring education to youth and adults about mental health and suicide prevention. Their collaboration allows them to reach schools, churches and area businesses in this effort.
The Connecting with Community Awards is supported by our Connecting with Community Partners. Find out more about Huntington Bank, Metro Health, Art Van Furniture, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Amway are helping our West Michigan community and beyond.