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Students ‘Adopt’ a Child, Making Spirits Bright


Christmas was especially meaningful this year for Godwin Heights High School students who worked to make the season brighter for local children.

Students from five science classes at Godwin Heights High School ‘adopted’ children from D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s Home, a Grand Rapids-based child welfare agency that houses children or a variety of reasons.

Each class donated presents and needed items to a different child, ranging in age from 4 to 9, to open on Christmas.

The students wrapped gifts and made cards, and several of them made the delivery to the organization.

“I was completely amazed and blessed to see so many of our students that are ‘in need’ give so much to others,” said Katie Hoffman, who teaches the five science classes. “It was a very powerful experience for all of us.”

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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