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Communities Celebrate End of Summer, Start of School Year


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

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Erin Albanese
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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