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  • Jim Harrington, Kalamazoo RESA Board of Education president, dies at 72
    Photo of Jim Harrington Longtime businessman and education advocate Jim Harrington of Kalamazoo died Tuesday, March 17, after a long illness. He was 72. A member of the Kalamazoo RESA Board of Education for 15 years, Harrington was the current board president. Prior to that, he served on the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education for eight years. 
     
    “It was a pleasure working with Jim as our Board president,” said Dave Campbell, Kalamazoo RESA superintendent. “Jim was a very dedicated board member and a wise source of advice and history. He was driven by a strong desire to provide quality education to young people and support our local districts in the Kalamazoo RESA service area.”
     
    Harrington was president of Engineered Material Sales. He also served on numerous educational and community boards including Kalamazoo Communities in Schools, the Workforce Development Board, the National School Board Association, the Summit on Racism in Education Commission, the Michigan Association of School Boards, the Association of Educational Service Agencies, and the Kalamazoo County School Officers Association.
     
    He is survived by his wife, Sue, and two grown daughters. 

    Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Westside Chapel in Kalamazoo. The memorial service will be at Langeland’s at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28. Memorials in Jim’s name may be directed to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Communities in Schools or West Michigan Cancer Center. See his obituary and sign the guestbook online | Notice of Vacancy
     
     
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  • Kalamazoo County Great Start Collaborative
    earns 2015 ISAAC Founders' Award
    Recognized for championing early childhood success

    ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community) will honor Kalamazoo County’s Great Start CollaborativePhoto of Jacque Eatmon (GSC) with its 2015 Founders’ Award at a banquet on Saturday, March 14. Jacque Eatmon, GSC’s coordinator, will accept the award for the collaborative.
     
    GSC ensures that Kalamazoo County families can access a coordinated system of early childhood resources to give their children a great start from birth through age five. Based at the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, GSC supports pre-kindergarten development of critical social, emotional, physical and intellectual foundations for success in education and life.
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  • Thank you, Mr. Gilmore, for linking learners
    with culture and art
     
    Photo of Irving S. Gilmore and his dog
    Chilly temps may linger on, but the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation recently warmed our hearts with three grants to enrich the lives of thousands of area students through the arts. Recipients are WoodsEdge Learning Center’s Music Therapy Program, plus Education for the Arts’ Artistic Equipment  and Cultural Field Trip Rebate programs. (More info here.)  In gifts like these, Irving S. Gilmore’s generous, art-loving spirit lives on.
     
    Did you know that Mr. Gilmore was a merchant, arts patron, concert-quality pianist, business leader and a military veteran? Take a moment to learn more about this community benefactor’s life and legacy
     
     
     

     
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