Settled in 1834 by Porter, Lewis, and Ezra Reed, Reeds Lake first developed as a community promoting tourism around the lake. In order to bring more visitors to East Grand Rapids, the Reeds Lake Rail Line was introduced as a streetcar service running from downtown Grand Rapids into East Grand Rapids and Reeds Lake. Ramona’s Park, built in 1897, was a huge attraction for people all over Michigan. With new neighborhoods and a growing population in 1926, the Village of East Grand Rapids became formally recognized by the state. Now, its community members are dedicated to making East Grand Rapids a unique small-town community with all the amenities of the city and the lakeside environments.
After the destruction of Ramona Park came the uprising of a new tourist center: Gaslight Village. Named for its charming gaslight streetlights, this little walk-and-shop town hit it big in 1966 and has undergone reinvention and renovation since to further develop the community. Through Jade Pig Ventures, Gaslight Village has become a gem to the East Grand Rapids community, bringing in visitors and residents alike to “shop, stroll, smile!”
East Grand Rapids Public Library
One of the many amenities of the Village of East Grand Rapids is its recently renovated library. As part of the Kent District Library system, this branch has a rich history and a vibrant programming system, which keep people of every age entertained. With activities for children up to age 6, teenagers, and adults, the East Grand Rapids Public Library provides a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the world of learning and community.
East Grand Rapids Public Schools
Wealthy Elementary in East Grand Rapids is a pre-kindergarten to fifth grade school. With its large facilities, Wealthy offers large classrooms, a 900-seat auditorium, and a swimming pool. The individual success of their students is the main focus of Wealthy Elementary’s educational program, and with a 90% reading percentage, and an average of 98% proficiency in math on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, it is evident that they are succeeding.
Breton Downs Elementary is a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school in East Grand Rapids. Breton Downs has the advantage of a sixteen-to-one student to teacher ratio with an average of 420 students and about 25 in-classroom teachers. Breton Downs has also raised the standard for their students by maintaining an 80-100% proficiency in the categories of math, science, and reading.
Lakeside Elementary is located on the corner of Hall and Breton in East Grand Rapids, and runs from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. As part of the East Grand Rapids Public School system, Lakeside Elementary is as dedicated as any other elementary school in the area to their students’ success. Lakeside Elementary is deeply set in their community, and show it by hosting community events, including plays, silent auctions, and more.
East Grand Rapids Middle School is a sixth through eighth grade school with many higher level learning opportunities. East Grand Rapids Middle aims for individual success for every student by providing numerous opportunities for students. With a wide variety of courses in languages, sciences, and more, East Grand Rapids Middle brings many diverse chances for students to discover their interests and strengths. East Grand Rapids Middle also provides competitive as well as intramural sports.
East Grand Rapids High School since its establishment in 1917, has been recognized in the top 600 schools in the nation. In Michigan alone, East Grand Rapids High has more National Merit Students than any other high school its size. Nearing a population of 1000 students, East Grand Rapids High provides opportunities to be part of anything from sports teams, WEEPLE (We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution), the East Vision (the student newspaper), student council, drama club, orchestra, band, choir, and more. East Grand Rapids High holds 5th in the nation for WEEPLE and boasts 117 State Champions in sports. Producing alumni such as Chris Van Allsburg (author of Jumanji, The Polar Express), and Adam Herz (screenwriter and creator of American Pie), East Grand Rapids High is a priceless commodity to the East Grand Rapids community.
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