Community Page

Last Updated: 5/4/2021 5:11 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.


Holland Junior Police Academy - No Cost Summer Camp


MBJA Summer Camp Brochure 



Interested in Joining Girl Scouts?

Click here for information on joining the Girl Scouts. Our Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore Facebook Page link is below:

Laura M Cunningham, Community Membership Manager
Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore
Office (231)220-0503 x3503


Davenport College Summer Math Camps

Davenport University will be running a summer math camp at our Holland and Grand Rapids campuses this year designed specifically for middle school students. This will be our sixth year running the camp. Our goal is to engage and challenge students who are interested in math, and it is completely free of charge.



Hope College Summer Science Camps

Click here for more information.


Sunrise Movement - Holland Hub

The Sunrise Movement is a national youth-led organization for environmental and social justice, and as of 2021, there is a local hub for the Holland area!

Due to COVID-19, we can't meet in-person yet, but we're still going to have an awesome virtual kickoff meeting! Attendees will spend some time meeting and getting to know each other, jam out to some music, enjoy a few group activities, and then learn about what Sunrise is all about and how to get and stay involved in 2021! Go to to sign up! 

Sunrise Movement Flyer





With snow piled high and more in the forecast, summer seems far away. Here at the Critter Barn, we are ready for new baby animals, sunshine, and all the excitement that spring and summer bring to the farm!

TOMORROW, February 1st, our spring and summer class registrations will open!

Here at Critter Barn, we offer "hands-on learning experiences” for kids of all ages. Check out all the experiences we are offering this year, both at Critter Barn's Old Farm, and New Farm!


Classes fill fast as our small class sizes provide the best learning experience, so make sure to save the date and register tomorrow! 

Click HERE For Class Info

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Critter Barn

9275 Adams St
Zeeland, MI 49464



COVID Network Volunteer Opportunity

COVID Networks is an organization that connects students to seniors during the current pandemic. We know that this is an especially challenging time for the elderly since many of us have family and friends that are hesitant to leave the house in fear of being exposed to the disease. COVID Networks have designed an online forum where senior citizens can request to hold online sessions with students and other young citizens, where they play games, do fun activities, and hold engaging fresh conversations. We are PVSA-certified and currently in the process of becoming a 501-c national nonprofit recognized by the government. Our 750+ volunteers have worked with over 6200 seniors and 52 senior centers across the world, and we have partners in the U.S., Canada, Iran, India, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Sweden.

Each student's time commitment will vary depending on which senior home they are assigned to. Students will need to apply, and then will be trained for their position as a volunteer. More information can be found on the website If students are interested in this opportunity they can fill out this Google Form. We ask that parents be responsible for monitoring their student's online meetings.



2021 Hope College K-12 Summer Camps Announced

ExploreHope Science Camps Information 




 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