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.



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