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Communities Celebrate End of Summer, Start of School Year

Discovery Elementary School fourth-grader Lily Bea putts around

Launching another school year is a reason to celebrate for families gathered at enrollment events, registrations, open houses and community parties.

Godwin Heights Public Schools recently held a kindergarten through eighth-grade Enrollment Extravaganza at the high school, welcoming new students and embracing returning ones, while serving hotdogs, chips and punch as part of festivities. Kentwood Public Schools ended summer with a bash at a community party at Bailey’s Grove Park, where teachers invited families to eat, participate in fun activities and take advantage of school-supply give-aways.

Read about and see how one school group in Cedar Springs connected to their future students.

The Falcon mascot greets students
The Falcon mascot greets students
Endeavor Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Sheree Bos hugs Pinewood Middle School seventh-grader Sonia Franks
Endeavor Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Sheree Bos hugs Pinewood Middle School seventh-grader Sonia Franks
Students have plenty of room for soccer, bouncing on an inflatable and getting wet in the sprinklers at the Kentwood community party
Students have plenty of room for soccer, bouncing on an inflatable and getting wet in the sprinklers at the Kentwood community party
Siang Lian, a Young Fives student, spins a wheel for a prize with mom, Ngun Tint
Siang Lian, a Young Fives student, spins a wheel for a prize with mom, Ngun Tint
Kentwood Public Schools sixth-grader Olivia Openshaw celebrates in school colors
Kentwood Public Schools sixth-grader Olivia Openshaw celebrates in school colors
Mom Hasiba Sejdinovic helps daughters Ajla and Adelina pick out free books
Mom Hasiba Sejdinovic helps daughters Ajla and Adelina pick out free books
Students play carnival games for school supplies
Students play carnival games for school supplies
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese 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 and On-the-Town Magazine. Besides covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network, she writes freelance for the travel industry. Read Erin's full bio

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