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.



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. 


Events for Students (and Families) of History

December 8, “Founding Fathers” to discuss developing “The Bill of
Rights”; Hope College’s DeWitt Theatre

Audience members experience both history and television in the making
during the filming of Episode Three of “Inventing America:
Conversations with the Founders” on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at
Hope College in the DeWitt Center main theatre.  The public is invited
to the one-time performance.  Admission is free, although advance
tickets are recommended.

December 12 and 13, Holland Film Group premiere, “Wilderness to World
Class”; Knickerbocker Theatre (Dec. 12, 7:00 pm; Dec. 13, 4:00 and
7:00 pm; free admission)

Holland, Michigan, has been and continues to be an exceptionally
prosperous community in many, many ways. The Holland Film Group (HFG)
is producing a film documentary that explores both the historical
bedrock and the modern dynamics of that community. The film will
demonstrate the events, personalities, natural resources and other
factors that have made Holland the vibrant success that it is.

Through the use of historical data and images, numerous interviews,
and compelling narrative, the HFG will inform viewers of the reasons
Holland developed into the progressive and innovative economic
powerhouse it is today. In cooperation with the Community Foundation
of the Holland Zeeland Area and the Holland Museum, the HFG will
provide viewers with a unique experience explaining the Holland



Deadline Thursday, December 14th for 2nd Annual MLK Student Essay Competition

Holland’s Human Relations Commission invites local students to participate in the 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have A Dream” Essay Competition. The competition is part of the initiative to recognize that youth are essential in moving Martin Luther King’s dream forward. The submission should describe what the student’s dream is for equal access and opportunity in their school or community. They must make a case for their recommendation and why this is important for our future. It must also state what they will do in their school to promote equality and access in our community.

Each submission should include their name, school, grade, and a parent’s telephone number and email.  There are three competitive categories 1) Category 1:  4th and 5th grade; Category 2:  6th, 7th and 8th grades; and, Category 3:  9th through 12th grades.  Essays should be no longer than 2 - 3 pages, double-spaced.   Submissions are due by midnight on Thursday, December 14, 2017.  All essays should be submitted on-line to  Essays may also be mailed or delivered to City of Holland, Human Relations Department, 2nd Floor; 270 S. River Avenue, Holland, MI  49423.  If you have any questions, please contact (616) 355-1322.

Winners will be notified in early January 2018.  Winners from each category will receive a $50 gift card and will be invited to read their essay at the Social Justice Awards ceremony held in January at City Hall Council Chambers (date TBC).   


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

Fax: (616) 355-0057