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Meeting the Griffins, Learning to Take a Slap-shot


Kelloggsville Middle School sixth-grade students were treated to an unexpected surprise recently, compliments of Kelloggville Public Schools: a trip to a Grand Rapids Griffins matinee game

All 153 students were given the opportunity to attend, along with a food voucher for the concession stands. Most students had never been to Van Andel Arena, let alone a hockey game, said Assistant Principal Beth Travis.

“The students had a fantastic time and got to have an experience they may never get again,” Travis said.

Students saw themselves dancing on the “big screen” in the arena, learned how to take a slap shot, had photos taken with Griff, the team’s mascot, and, since Kelloggsville’s section was chosen as the Section of the Day, several went home with free T-shirts.

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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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