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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for March 3

Morning Buzz 3.3.20
Posted at 10:33 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 10:33:49-05

1. Crews are making progress on a new, 4-story high school for Grand Rapids Public Schools.

It's all part of a $20 million project that will expand the southwest community campus dual immersion Spanish-English program, the healthcare clinic with a new pharmacy, and add 48 units of affordable housing.

The school will be a GRPS "Theme School" with a customized curriculum.

GRPS says it's excited to expand and open a new innovative school which is a sign of an urban school district on the rise.

2. Enjoy the Grand Rapids Public Museum free of charge on Sunday, March 15, thanks to a partnership with Kent County Farm Bureau.

General admission to the museum includes special exhibits, "Toys!" and "Design Zone."

"Bodies Revealed" and planetarium shows will be available at an additional cost.

3. John Ball Zoo announced it's going to be "plastic free" for the start of its 2020 season.

This includes getting rid of water and soda bottles and replacing them with cans and boxed water.

Two years ago, they transitioned to compostable straws, cutlery, and napkins.

The zoo says this is just a continuation of their plan to be actively engaged in wildlife conservation.

John Ball Zoo opens on April 3.

4. Every year the Whitecaps hold a contest to let the fans decide their newest menu items. The top fan favorite of the past decade has been revealed, and it doesn't disappoint.

The Beer Cheese Poutine took the number one spot. It's made up of pulled pork, beer cheese, green onions, and waffle fries.

The Whitecaps rolled this menu item out in 2017. The team says they got about 2,000 votes in the contest.

Don't worry, Beer Cheese Poutine is definitely on the menu again this coming year, with the season opening on April 9.

5. If you're ready to have ice cream for breakfast, listen up. Nestle's brand "Edy's" is releasing Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream.

The cereal-inspired ice cream has cinnamon graham swirls and cereal pieces in it.

An exact release date hasn't been announced, but it will happen in the coming months.