Community Page

Last Updated: 9/23/2020 5:43 PM

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 and families in the community informed. Please feel free to see if any of these opportunities would be helpful for your student.


The Holland Area Arts Council invites students of all ages to check out their fall programing. Attached is the program guide. Fall classes begin this month with offerings in Music, Graphic Story Creation, Ceramics, Painting/Drawing, and Fiber Arts! 

  • Scholarships available!
  • Limited class sizes
  • Virtual options to fit your schedule


Call 616-396-3278 to register or visit for full class information.




Join in the Race!

The ODC's annual Migratory 5K Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at 10:00 AM.

If you are looking for a unique run, the ODC's Nature Preserve is a great place to go. This run is approximately 3.1 miles and takes place through our trail system. Depending on registration numbers, we will hold staggered start times to help alleviate the number of people in one area at a specific time. There will be an opportunity for a picture with one of our live birds of prey.

Dogs are not permitted on this run to ensure they do not disturb the raptors at the De Witt Birds of Prey Center. 

Run Entry Fee: $25/person ($15 for 12 and under). 
*Prices increase on October 1st*

Click to Register & for More Information





NEWS RELEASE: No cost COVID-19 community pop-up testing sites in Ottawa County starting again this Tuesday

No cost diagnostic testing is available for anyone 5 years of age and older with or without symptoms. Parental/guardian consent is required for minors. No screening and no appointment are needed. Please bring a form of ID (e.g., state or country issued ID or paperwork with your name and address [bill, mail or paystub]).

The National Guard will do the testing. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and Ottawa County employees will provide support functions (instructions, forms, traffic control, data entry, etc.). Watch this video to learn more about the process.





 SouthWest Michigan Mutual Aid Network



There is an organization called the SouthWest Michigan Mutual Aid Network that is trying to connect with Black River families to figure out what needs you may have as we begin this school year. By clicking this link: to join their FaceBook group today, you can:

1.  put out a post to ask a question or share about a need you have

2. Chat live with volunteers (in Spanish or English) who are equipped to discuss in detail what your needs are and how the network can help meet them by connecting you to resources

3. Join subgroups designed around folks’ needs through the platform GroupMe (for example, a GroupMe where people who are in need of childcare support and tutoring can meet and build relationships with people who are able to provide those services) 

And more! 

We are committed to building unity in our communities that will enable us to help each other through these difficult times. 

We are in this together. 

Please join the SouthWest Michigan Mutual Aid Network group today!



Hay una organización llamada SouthWest Michigan Mutual Aid Network que está tratarando a conectar con familias de Black River para averiguar qué necesidades podrías tener al empezar este año escolar. 

Hacienda clic en este enlace: para unir el grupo de Facebook de SouthWest Michigan Mutual Aid Network, puedes: 

1. Publicas una publicación en Facebook para compartir sobre una necesidad tú tienes 

2. Puedes chatear con volunarios que están equipados a discutir cuáles son sus necesidades y cómo SouthWest Michigan Mutual Aid puede ayudar a cumplirlas conectándote a recursos

3. Unes subgrupos que son construyen alrededor las necesidades de personas a través de la plataforma GroupMe (por ejemplo, un GroupMe para personas que necesitan apoyo para el cuidado de niños y tutoría pueden conocer personas que pueden brindar esos servicios) 

¡Y más!

Nosotros estamos comprometidos a construir la unidad en sus comunidades que nos permitirá ayudar unos a otros en estos timepos difíciles. 

Por favor ¡únete al grupo de SouthWest Michigan Mutual Aid hoy!



Ottawa County Flu Vaccine Information

A flu vaccine is important for all Ottawa County residents. Read letter from the OCDPH here!




Ottawa  Food Launches Real Food Can Campaign
Promoting healthy eating and sharing accessible food resources with Ottawa County residents

Ottawa Food has just launched a public awareness marketing campaign that encourages Ottawa County residents to consume more fruits and vegetables. The Real Food Can campaign addresses identified barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption, including cost and lack of knowledge about how to prepare these items. Real Food Can aims to show that eating fruits and vegetables can be: Accessible, Affordable, Convenient, Delicious, Local, and Safe.

Educational messages are being disseminated through a variety of methods, including print, social media, billboards, restroom ads, etc. Social media and other ads link viewers to, where users can find tips, recipes, videos, information about local produce, and other resources related to fruits and vegetables. There are also a variety of resources available in Spanish.



Parent Resources from the Ottawa County Health Department 

Information about health-related school requirements and community resources for parents and families. Visit For more information, contact Rita Huron at 616-393-5772 or



Michigan Hot 50 Jobs Brochure


Camp Sunshine Camp Counselors and Volunteers Needed 

Since 1983, Camp Sunshine has been offering people ages 12 – 50 with developmental disabilities the opportunity to attend summer camp in a safe, caring and inclusive environment. We offer 4 day/3 night camp sessions at two locations in Michigan--Camp Blodgett in West Olive and Camp Henry in Newaygo. 

We are always looking for summer counselors and volunteers! A neat thing about Camp Sunshine is that we have a 1:1 camper to counselor ratio.

Contact: Katie Arnold 
Camp Sunshine, Marketing and Communications Coordinator


Ottawa County Health Department Local Resources List

Call 2-1-1 or visit for information about resources closest to where you live. 24 hours a day 7 days a week. For questions or changes, contact Kristina Wieghmink at 616-494-5597 or (Updated June 25, 2018)

Local Resources List - English
Local Resources List - Spanish


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 2020-2021 school year parent information for more 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