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Grand River Academy to Welcome Students Back for First Day of School

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LIVONIA, Mich., August 29, 2014—Grand River Academy will open its doors for the first day of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Right now there are 461 students enrolled in the school. Grand River Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies (NHA), is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade for the 2014-2015 school year. 
Grand River Academy Principal Alan Harper said, “The wait is over and now we can share this beautifully remodeled building with our students and their families. The staff has worked hard all summer preparing for a fantastic school year for our first-year scholars.”
 The newly refurbished building features 28 classrooms, a media center, dedicated parent room, 5,500 square foot gymnasium, and an outdoor playground. The school will serve students in kindergarten through fifth grade, adding a grade level per year for three years.
 NHA is proud to partner with the Grand River Academy Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of dedicated civic and community leaders who volunteer their time and energy to ensure the school will challenge each child to achieve.
Laura Dikeman, Grand River Academy’s Board President, said, “We are proud to offer this new school choice to the community of Livonia. Grand River will set students up for success in high school and college through a high-quality educational program designed to help students develop the skills and personal qualities that are important for success in life.”
 Other members of the Grand River Academy Board include Jideofor Dallah, Beauty Ikeri, and Paul Beasley.
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, school leaders and the Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a ribbon cutting ceremony. Later that day during a parent orientation event, Principal Harper presented the Board with a dedication plaque that will hang in the school hallway for years to come.
Harper remarked, “The Grand River Academy Board has been a joy to work with as we established this new school. I appreciate their support and dedication to the success of Grand River Academy immensely.”  
Harper said the first few weeks at school teachers will focus on establishing routines, setting up the classroom social contract, and providing students with academic expectations for the year ahead.

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