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"Yes 2 GR kids" campaign hopes to sway voters considering GRPS' $305 million bond proposal

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Grand Rapids Public Schools

Officials say it's a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to extend current rates and not raise taxes 

Officials from Grand Rapids Public Schools have launched a public campaign encouraging city residents to vote "yes" on an upcoming bond proposal.

The campaign, branded as the “Yes to GR Kids” hopes to drive support of a $305 million school improvement bond proposal for Grand Rapids Public Schools this November.

If passed, the new 20-year-bond would provide the district with resources towards upgrading classrooms, athletic facilities, performing arts spaces, playground equipment, with an emphasis on making school buildings more safe and secure.

John Helmholdt is president of Seyferth PR, a communications firm that has partnered with the district on the Yes to Gr Kids campaign. He said a “yes” vote should be a no-brainer.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for voters to extend the current bond passed in 2015 for another 20 years without raising taxes,” Helmholdt said. “And the kids deserve it.”

So far, the bond proposal has been supported by a number of local leaders including Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Michigan House Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks, and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce among others.

The campaign hopes to raise around $50,000 before the November election.

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