west michigan philanthropy http://michiganradio.org en Stateside: Kalamazoo's Promise of lifelong learning http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-kalamazoos-promise-lifelong-learning <p>Graduate from public high school in Kalamazoo and go to college for free.</p><p>It’s a rare offer- one that strives to show students that college is something crucial and attainable. &nbsp;</p><p>In a recent <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/magazine/kalamazoo-mich-the-city-that-pays-for-college.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">New York Times feature</a>, Ted C. Fishman examined the <a href="https://www.kalamazoopromise.com/">Kalamazoo Promise</a> and its effect on both the city and the state of Michigan.</p><p>Seven years ago, anonymous donors started The Promise, hoping to encourage more Kalamazoo students to attend college.</p><p>During his time writing the piece, Fishman was personally impacted by the stories of the students with whom he spoke.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:18:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10138 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Kalamazoo's Promise of lifelong learning Grand Rapids philanthropist, businessman Peter Cook dies http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-philanthropist-businessman-peter-cook-dies <p>Peter Cook was born in Grand Rapids in 1914. He grew up relatively poor, enlisted in the army after graduating high school and worked for less than a dollar an hour on an assembly line. He went to college and studied business and became an accountant. He made his fortune selling imported cars beginning in the 70s.</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 15:45:25 +0000 Lindsey Smith 392 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids philanthropist, businessman Peter Cook dies