Community Page

At Black River we understand that bringing school and community assets together will help our young people succeed. Below are opportunities that are emailed to the school by outside organizations wishing to keep students in the community informed. Please feel free to see if any of these opportunities would be helpful for your student.


Eat Up and Meet Up: Summer Meals for Kids Information

Meet Up and Eat Up is a fun reason to get out of the house and get outside! Activities like: games, sports, water activities, books and crafts provide exercise and fun with friends.
Meals are provided for everyone 18 and under.

Get Holland Township details here!

Get Ottawa County details here!


Local Farmers Coming to The Shops at Westshore June 9, 2018

Holland, MI – Shop local. Eat local. Locally grown. We hear these phrases daily.  And in Ottawa County, those phrases mean a huge variety of foods – strawberries, cranberries, black beans, apples, blueberries, cheese, eggs, pork, and chicken are just to name a few.  All of these foods and many more are grown right here in Ottawa County by the farmers who are our neighbors.  And on Saturday, June 9, from 9 am to 2 pm,  Ottawa County Farm Bureau will partner with The Shops at Westshore to put on an event where these farmers will greet the public, answering questions about where food comes from, how it is produced, and why it is produced that way.  Attendees will enjoy a huge variety of product samples, exhibits, live animals, and one on one chats with farmers, bounce houses, activities, and food trucks.

“Educating consumers about where their food comes is a something that is weaved through everything we do here at Ottawa County Farm Bureau,” commented event chair Joe Austin. Austin is the Assistant County Administrator for Ottawa County Farm Bureau and will be using his event planning skills learned during his time with Muskegon’s Summer Celebration to put together this inaugural event in Holland. “Ottawa County producers want to tell their story.  They are proud of what they do and that they have the privilege to feed their neighbors.”

Many Ottawa County residents enjoy the bucolic farm scenery as they drive through the countryside. They love going apple picking and to pumpkin patches in the fall. But in Ottawa County, farming is also big business. The County ranks 3rd statewide in total value of agricultural products. There are 88 family farms producing blueberries on 5,900 acres in Ottawa County. The County ranks in the top ten in dairy, egg, turkey, and broiler chicken production. Michigan ranks 2nd nationwide in celery production, and the largest celery farm in the state is located in Hudsonville. Ottawa County even has cranberry bogs. There is so much to know about local agriculture, and no one better to tell that story than the folks who do it every day as their livelihood. Here are the event details:

Ottawa County Farm Bureau is dedicated to defending the rights and economic interests of its members.  They have an active Promotion and Education Committee dedicated to telling the story of agriculture. For more information, contact or 616.895.5846.


Baseball Concepts Summer Baseball Camps

Sportsquest (Zeeland), Christian Athletic Complex (GR), and Art Van (Rockford) 

Camps run from June 18-Aug1! Spots are limited!

These camps are designed to prepare kids ages 6-9 and 10-13 for the youth baseball season!  Fantastic instructors, including college coaches and former college players, teaching cutting-edge skills and drills covering all aspects of baseball will be taught in a fun and creative way. Register online @

Questions: or 949.357.6293. Check out the flyers here!


2018 Drive Academy Registration is Open

Camp details and pricing are here. Visit to sign-up.


Camp Blodgett Summer Camp Registration is Now Open 

Camp Blodgett offers an affordable and fun overnight summer camp experience for all children ages 8-13 who live or attend school in Kent or Ottawa Counties. To learn more about our 5-day sessions and to register online, go to Registration forms can be downloaded from the website.  Questions about Camp Blodgett’s Summer Camp program or need a paper form mailed to your home?  Call the camp office at (616) 949-0780 x106 or email


The Gerald R. Ford Museum Camp Registration is Now Open

The Gerald R. Ford Museum is offering an inexpensive ($15) day camp July 24-27 (9:30a-2:30p) for a limited number of students AGES 9-12 in West Michigan. 

Participants will explore the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to learn lessons of leadership from their hometown president, Gerald R. Ford, while discovering that they can be great leaders, too! Through hands-on and engaging activities, games, and projects, campers will discover the ways that they, themselves, can be leaders and change-makers in their own communities.

Limit: 24 participants

Registration Deadline: July 10, 2018 (or until full)
Fee: $15.00 per child 
includes four-day program, snacks, and leadership celebration on last day of camp.

**Lunch will not be provided—please send your child with a sack lunch each day

Lick HERE to register. 


Volunteer at the Zeeland Historical Society

A BRPS student has been volunteering this summer with the Zeeland Historical Society as a junior docent. She has enjoyed this experience and ZHS has enjoyed having her as a volunteer. ZHS would like to have a few more students train as junior docents. Students should enjoy history and like meeting new people. For more information, please contact Arlene Steenwyk at 616-340-5369 or


Does your Child Need Dental Services? Mile of Smiles Can Help!

Miles of Smiles (MOS) mobile dental unit is scheduled to be in Holland throughout the school year. Our mobile dental unit provides free, preventive and restorative dental services for financially-qualifying children. Please read the 2017-2018 school year Parent Letter for more information. 


Assistant Camp Counselors Needed

Assistant camp counselors help plan and lead activities at the 2018 Great Escape Summer Day Camp in Holland, serving kids 5-12 years old.  Candidates should be outgoing, love children and have experience leading kids (SundaySchool, VBS, etc.).  Positions available to current high school Juniors and Seniors.  Staff shifts vary between 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m, Monday through Friday, starting June 11.  -No nights or weekends!  Job description and application at  Follow the links:  For Youth, Great Escape, and Staff & Volunteer Opportunities.  Questions: email or call 616.399.9190 ext. 325.


Science Technology & Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp

Science Technology & Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp for Girls is a day-camp preview of science, engineering and technology for young ladies between the 6th and 7th grades.  The theme of airplane flight is utilized to integrate technical classes and recreational activities, all the while encouraging social development and personal growth.  The girls, in teams of roughly ten, each manufacture and assemble a radio-controlled airplane with the assistance of teachers, counselors and volunteers.  By the end of the week, the girls fly their airplanes at a sanctioned fly field, with the help of certified pilots.  Throughout the week, the girls learn theory of flight, utilize manufacturing equipment and tools, and ultimately learn a lot more about their own personal capabilities and potential.  The deadline to apply is March 16.  The cost is $75 for the week but there are many scholarships available. 

Eligible candidates for the 2018 STEPS camp are young ladies that are currently in the 6th grade.  Most campers will be between the ages of 11-13 during camp.  Original applications and copies will be accepted through the middle of March 2018.  Mailed applications must be postmarked by March 16, 2018 in order to be eligible for the lottery draw. 

STEPS is an all-girl day camp introduction to engineering and technology (  It consists of four chocked-full days of hands on activities, field trips, enrichment classes, and fun.  It is aviation-themed, with each camper building her own radio-controlled airplane to fly on the last night of camp.  (Through NASA federal funding, STEPS is allowed to specifically focus on girls only.)


DeGraaf Nature Center Summer Class Offerings


Hope Summer Repertory Theater Information


Recruiting for Adelante LAUP Youth Organization - Student Opportunity

My name is Karen and I am the coordinator for the Adelante Group. We are a group comprised of majority 9th and 10th graders who meet with the mindset to excel academically and individually, learn about different career opportunities and invest in the local community through volunteering. We typically meet Wednesday from 6:00pm to 8:30pm, with the last hour focused on tackling homework (and receiving assistance). Excelling individually, in this case, means that every first Wednesday of the month we take the time to highlight one of the seven habits from "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey, complete fun activities and apply it to our life. Please contact me at for more information.

Karen Moreno
Adelante Coordinator 


491 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 355-0055

Fax: (616) 355-0057