East Hills Loves Congress
East Hills Loves Congress is a grass-roots effort to sustain and support a successful neighborhood school in the center of the East Hills community. Confronted by the loss of families to other school districts, the East Hills Council of Neighbors decided to make the success of Congress School a neighborhood priority. According to East Hills board member Elizabeth Hoffman Ransford, “The reinvention of Congress as a vibrant community school for everyone is the next logical step in the revitalization of East Hills.”
Several public meetings hosted by the East Hills Council of Neighbors have already produced a strategic plan for Congress School that envisions the expansion of Congress through the 8th grade, the introduction of a dual Spanish/English immersion program, and the renovation of the historic 1921 building. An after-school enrichment program sponsored by local residents and businesses is already underway. Superintendent Teresa Neal and members of the Grand Rapids School Board have expressed their support for the East Hills plan.
This vision has Principal Cheney excited about the future: “We’ve loved every minute of our partnership with East Hills and we can’t wait to get parents inside the building to see all the great things we’re doing at Congress.” The East Hills Council of Neighbors will also be conducting a survey of families in the Congress School boundaries over the next several months. Interested residents should call Claire Fisher at the East Hills Council of Neighbors, 454-9079, for more information.