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District honored for Capturing Kids Hearts

The district has used the model for 14 years to build relationships, improve climate and culture and boost attendance and academics...

Eight Kentwood Public Schools were recently named National Showcase Schools by The Flippen Group, the consulting group that provides training and resources for the Capturing Kids’ Hearts curriculum.

Schools honored include Bowen, Glenwood Elementary, Meadowlawn, Challenger, Discovery Endeavor and Southwood elementary schools, and Crestwood Middle School.

 “We are very proud of all of our schools and their continued focus to create positive relationships with our students. This award is an honor for all our staff and students,” Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff said.

For the past 14 years, the district has used the Capturing Kids’ Hearts model to reach students in ways that build relationships, improve climate and culture and boost attendance and academic performance. This school year, the district began implementing Capturing Kids’ Hearts 2, a new phase of the program.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country were considered for the awards based on nominations, level of implementation by staff and data demonstrating that the program has led to significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture or academics.

A Flippen Group team visited each nominated campus to gather information and interview students, teachers, administrators and parents.

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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 or email Erin.

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