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A Feast for King’s Kids

It was a feast fit for a king to honor a King, and to benefit those who attend his namesake school.

King Matt Cushman and his feast. “Needs meatballs,” he said of the scepter he made himself

Thornapple Elementary recently was the site of the King’s Feast, an annual event to benefit the school’s partner school, Grand Rapids Public’s Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy.

Nearly $2,300 was raised, which Academy Principal Tricia Mathes said would go largely toward the purchase of cold-weather clothing for students at the pre-K-8 Southeast Grand Rapids school.

In the 15 or so years Thornapple Elementary Principal Greg Shubel said the partnership has been around, the Forest Hills students have held book, winter coat and coin drives. They also have purchased holiday gifts for students, which parents from both schools wrap together.

Thornapple Elementary students (from left) Hazel Bentley, Cassie DiMetlio and Rowan Bonsall had the best job at the feast: managing the dessert table

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio


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